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In a Sunburned Country (2000)

de Bill Bryson

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Travel writer Bill Bryson chronicles the experiences he had and profiles the people and wildlife he encountered while traveling through Australia.
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Anglès (211)  Neerlandès (2)  Francès (2)  Alemany (2)  Italià (1)  Portuguès (Portugal) (1)  Suec (1)  Totes les llengües (220)
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Funny, entertaining, long! ( )
  mlhershey | May 13, 2022 |
The effervescent travel writer Bryson delivers a travelogue pertaining to Australia in Down Under. Joyful and idiosyncratically Bryson, the book covers the arid, despondent yet intriguing outback (Part 1), eastern and southern coast of Australia (Part 2), and miscellaneous areas around the edges (Part 3), including both remote deserts, as well as Queensland and Western Australia. Compulsively readable, Bryson introduces various humour elements, yet, some are decidedly unspectacular, including him being chased relentlessly by a dog, and repetitive puns on him being sunburnt. The author's penchant for the deadly creatures inhabiting the nation is also occasionally vexatious. Besides, the travel accounts are lacking- Bryson fails to narrate numerous key attractions in Melbourne, as well as Adelaide, instead of focusing extensively on the historical background. Towards the end, the author also reflects on Tasmania, but it is indubitably disappointing that Bryson did not visit the fascinating island. Contrasting to his other books, such as A Short History of Nearly Everything, the prose is considerably more informal and less elegant. Marred by these issues, however, Down Under is still a jovial read, as Bryson's enjoyment of the country is apparent, and his critique (e.g., a Darwin hotel) is refreshing but not overtly cynical; the descriptions of several attractions, such as Uluru, the Sydney Opera House, Kings Park, and Tree Top Walk, are all well-executed, hence likely deserving of recommendation for travel and trivia fans. ( )
  BGADESYN | Apr 12, 2022 |
I really enjoyed the history tidbits he gave of Australia along with his discoveries of the way of life there. I am going to recommend this book to my sister who lives in Oz. ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
Australia is an enthralling country and Bill Bryson does full justice to it with this breezy travelogue. He describes his experiences travelling the length and breadth of the continent, spiced up with many tidbits of history. The writing is effortlessly funny and I enjoyed his descriptions of the places and people a lot. Reading this book has sown in me the desire to visit this wondrous place, to see for myself the things Bryson has described.
On the negative side, I could not connect with the many typically American references he has made in this book, being not from that part of the world. Also, his repeated exclamations about how big Australia is tend to become a bit tedious. But these are only minor issues in a book that is as interesting as the great country itself. ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
In 1999, Bill Bryson toured Australia with the aim of publishing this book in time for the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney; in it, he shares stories of his encounters with the people, places, fauna, flora and environments of the vast country, some of them poignant and many quite funny. A jarring note is the occasional foray into the history of European contact with Aboriginal cultures, truly horrendous behaviour that anyone conversant with the European conquests of much of the rest of the world will recognize; these passages seem quite out of step with the rest of the book. It is also quite out of date in some respects, specifically the situation of Uluru (Bryson alternates between using that name and Ayers Rock), since climbing the sacred site has been forbidden since 2019. But in terms of describing some of the oldest landscapes and strangest creatures on the planet, this book is quite entertaining. So, a mixed review from me. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Nov 18, 2021 |
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Boisterous and contagious, Bryson’s writing is a constant affectionate tease aimed at prodding the reader as much as the society and place that he is describing. Bryson loves Australia and he wants you to share his enthusiasm for it. Wherever Bryson is: gaping at a giant stuffed lobster on the roadside in the middle of the Australian outback, cursing himself as he tries to snorkel unsuccessfully in the Great Barrier Reef, or admiring Sydney’s harbor he writes with a love and a ruthlessness that only a sibling or best friend would dare to use.
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