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In a Sunburned Country
Bryson, Bill
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판형 Paperback, 352pp.
출판일 May 15 2001
출판사 Broadway Books
ISBN-13: 9780767903868
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Bill Bryson's many books include, most recently, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, as well as A Walk in the Woods, Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island, and Mother Tongue. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951, he lived in England for almost two decades. He now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and their four children. [Edit review] [Delete review]
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Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity.

Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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"What the indefatigable, keenly observant Bryson did a few years back for the Applachian Trail with A Walk in the Woods... he does now for the generally undiscovered land Down Under."
Chicago Tribune

"Vastly entertaining... If there is one book with which to get oriented before departure or en route to Australia, this is it."
New York Times [Edit review] [Delete review]
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flying into australia, I realized with a sigh that I had forgotten again who their prime minister is. I am forever doing this with the Australian prime minister—committing the name to memory, forgetting it (generally more or less instantly), then feeling terribly guilty. My thinking is that there ought to be one person outside Australia who knows.

But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century, wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister, Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again. This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could just lose a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of this had never reached me.

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All the Things That Can Kill You by Anonymous (United States), 05 October 2005 18:36
Of the nine most poisonous snakes in the world, how many live in Australia?  Read the book.  Whether it's spiders lurking in shoes, birds with razor claws that can slit throats, endless kilometers of desert, savage rip-tides, or boat smashing crocodiles, Bill Bryson is ready to describe in detail all the things in Australia that can cut short your life.  He takes us on a tour of remote pubs, an eery capital city, Sydney backyards (which left me laughing so hard I nearly . . .  well), and more.  If you have never read Bill Bryson, this wouldn't be a bad place to start.  Every one of his books are hysterical, full of arcane information that you never knew you wanted to know but are now glad you do (Japanese cults exploding atomic bombs in the outback), and do a wonderful job of shining a light on portions of the world worth knowing about.  If you have never been to Australia, I imagine this has to be the next best thing.  [Delete review]
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