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Bill Bryson - Down Under (UK) - In a Sunburned Country (US) - 2000

 

cummycummins 8th July 2006 09:51 PM

Down Under

 

I am currently reading this book. I am only finished two chapters. So far I think it is great. It is all that I expected it to be. Brysons trademark humour is ever present and I love it. What did all of you think of this book. Is it his best or worst book or neither. Share your thought's hear. Please use spoler tags if you think that you will reveal something that happens later on in this book.

 

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Momo 15th July 2006 08:08 PM

 

I love Bill Bryson, so I loved this one. My favourite of all is "Notes from a Small Island" though I don't share that feeling with most Brits. I lived on the gorgeous British Isle as a foreigner, same as Bill Bryson and loved this country and its inhabitants, same as Bill Bryson. Therefore, I probably thought it was the best. I have never been to Australia but having read his book I feel I almost have.

 

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pollyblue 19th September 2006 11:37 PM

 

I adore Bill Bryson. He has the sharpest wit. I think Ive read almost all his books but it was a long time ago so I dont remember the titles. I love the one where he moves back to the US after years of living in england, maybe notes from a big country, also, his tale of trekking the apalachian trail which had me in stiches. Any recommendations gratefully received.

Becky

 

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Momo 21st September 2006 01:21 PM

 

Have you tried his language books? They are not as funny compared to his travel books but just as brilliant?

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I read Down Under some years ago and wasn't very impressed, nor was my son who now lives in Oz. It started off OK but ran out of steam quite quickly I thought perhaps because the country didn't set his literary juices on fire.

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I read Down Under some years ago and wasn't very impressed, nor was my son who now lives in Oz. It started off OK but ran out of steam quite quickly I thought perhaps because the country didn't set his literary juices on fire.

I agree. The book had the air of one that had been commissioned by the publisher, rather than inspired by Bryson's curiosity. I think his fame preceeded him and he wasn't able to access the curious people and places that bring his other works to life.

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