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A travelogue by Bill Bryson is as close to a sure thing as funny books get. The Lost Continent is no exception. Following an urge to rediscover his youth (he should know better), the author leaves his native Des Moines, Iowa, in a journey that takes him across 38 states. Lucky for us, he brought a notebook.
With a razor wit and a kind heart, Bryson serves up a colourful tale of boredom, kitsch, and beauty when you least expect it. Gentler elements aside, The Lost Continent is an amusing book. Here's Bryson on the women of his native state: "I will say this, however--and it's a strange, strange thing--the teenaged daughters of these fat women are always utterly delectable ... I don't know what it is that happens to them, but it must be awful to marry one of those nubile cuties knowing that there is a time bomb ticking away in her that will at some unknown date make her bloat out into something huge and grotesque, presumably all of a sudden and without much notice, like a self- inflating raft from which the pin has been yanked."
Yes, Bill, but be honest: what do you really think? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"High-spirited... hilarious" (Observer)
"Hilarious... he can be suave, sarcastic and very funny... not your typical travel writer" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Funny as this wonderful book is, it is also a serious indictment of the American way of life and the direction in which it is going... he is genuinely shocked, as we are, by the statistics of affluence, poverty, crime and culture that he drops in hither and thither" (Irish Times)
"A very funny performance, littered with wonderful lines and memorable images" (Literary Review)
As usual, Bill is witty and provides interesting facts and figures about the places he visits
The synopsis is misleading - although Bill describes many places as being similar... Read more
Brilliant as are all Bill Brysons books, the only books that can have me laughing out loud and so full of interesting facts it's impossible to remember them all, I intend t re read... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patsy678
Still funny but now showing some dated attitudes. The ride is an enjoyable one, though, and Bryson is a very likeable writer, with his downbeat and cutting wit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gary MItchell