Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. This time in Australia.
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 are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book.
Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.
Too bloody right
I'm a big fan of Bill's books but let me tell you I am Australian and I learnt more about my own country from Bill than any class I took as a kid growing up. Probably because they never bloody taught us Australian history actually I learnt more about other countries than my own. Don't even get me started on Aboriginal history. Bill is the master story teller he teaches you and he knocks you over with laughter. I feel there is no better book about the Land Down Under PERIOD!
I loved this book
I read this a few years after traveling to Australia, but wish I had found it before. Bryson does a great job of telling the history in a very entertaining way. After this I ended up reading (listening to) all of his other books. What can I say...I'm a fan!
If you want to learn about Australia and have some laughs this is the book. The author delves into Australia in a very humorous way. I have read the book, but loved it so much I bought this audiobook to listen to when I go for walks.