Customer Reviews


149 Reviews
5 star:
 (78)
4 star:
 (28)
3 star:
 (17)
2 star:
 (17)
1 star:
 (9)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing and great telling
I like Bill Bryson. For me, he has the greatest wit of any travel writer.
The Lost Continent is a very entertaining book anyway, but Kerry Shale brings the characters Bill meets to life. Take the Mississippi policeman Bill meets at some traffic lights. 'Yawwwwwwwwnnnn vaycayshun...? How'd'y'laaaaak Misuppy?' the cop asks. Bill has to ask him three times to repeat...
Published on 10 Jan 2004 by Andrew Kerr

versus
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into contemporary America
This book sees Bill Bryson return to his native America after 15 years of living in Britain. He travels through small town America in search of the Main Street of the American dream. Bryson's observations and experiences are both interesting and amusing, and the book is similar in character to his later "Notes from a Small Island". This book is perfect for...
Published on 21 Nov 1998


‹ Previous | 1 2 315 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant today - and laugh out loud funny, 17 Jun 2009
By 
Jl Adcock "John Adcock" (Ashtead UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
I read this on holiday recently and couldn't put it down; ideal entertainment as it's easy to read, funny, but equally does make you think on a deeper level now and again. Bryson's comments and observations can be deceptively sharp at times. This book is around 20 years'old now, and yet back then he was talking about the US motor trade going under, and the incredible but true notion of the the Americans simply not knowing about their economy sliding into recession (the last big one.) It really does prove that what goes round, comes around.

Effortlessly readable, this is probably the best Bill Bryson I've read to date. Recommended.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Travel Tales, 11 July 1999
By A Customer
We are Australians about to take our third trip to the United States. I am reading The Lost Continent for the third time - and I never fail to find it enormously entertaining. I am reading it aloud to my husband - a chapter a night - and he rolls around in bed screaming with laughter! I think that this is the best of Bryson's books, although I've found all of them very entertaining. Perhaps those people who live in the mid-west and find Bryson's book insulting will enjoy laughing at us - I believe Bill has recently been in Australia getting material for a new book!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into contemporary America, 21 Nov 1998
By A Customer
This review is from: Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America (Paperback)
This book sees Bill Bryson return to his native America after 15 years of living in Britain. He travels through small town America in search of the Main Street of the American dream. Bryson's observations and experiences are both interesting and amusing, and the book is similar in character to his later "Notes from a Small Island". This book is perfect for a long train or coach journey, and if you like Bryson's newspaper columns you will certainly enjoy this book.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, 22 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I've read a few reviews of this book by Americans who feels Bryson is being unfair by laughing so much of their country and culture. All I can say is they need to get a sense of humour! This book is interesting, funny and also poignant in parts, particularly the part that covers the Deep South. Probably Bryson's funniest book, and that's saying something!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3.0 out of 5 stars Clever but cruel, 6 July 1998
By A Customer
Bryson's breakneck tour through small American towns (his running gag is that he's in search of an elusive perfect nostalgic town he calls "Amalgam") is terribly witty and occasionally dead-on in its lacerating descriptions of American tackiness and silliness. But often his insights are laced with the kind of acid you-can't-get-me cruelty that only an expatriate (Bryson lives in London) can pull off. His wonder at America's foolishness sometimes crosses right over the line to contempt, and that undercuts the truth in his descriptions. Beyond that, he has so much turf to cover (38 states), that he often doesn't do more than drive through a town and criticize the strip malls -- which are of course hideous -- or talk to anyone besides waitresses, motel clerks and cops, who are not always civilization's greatest ambassadors, in America or anywhere else. In a purely technical vein, his gleeful and often funny habit of inventing obviously untrue details forces a reader to wonder, after a while, how much of the more plausible description might also be false.
Bryson's a smart guy and a genuine wit. And it's a funny book. But his contemptuousness eats away at his power as a writer and as a guide to his own journey.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hoot!, 10 Sep 1999
By A Customer
This book is terrible. It isn't really, I just made that up. If you've read this book, you'll understand that. If you haven't read this book...well, buy it, pull up a chair and sit down!
Bill Bryson has a superb style; the ability to draw you into his world, painting visions of the colourful characters he encounters on his seemingly endless travels.
Don't just buy this book, buy all of Bill's books.
I like them. Can you tell?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Genius, 23 July 2002
It is though, (sheer genius that is) if you were in any doubt about buying this book, don't be. "Neither Here Nor There" was slightly funnier but in "The Lost Continent" Bryson sends up all the typical stereotypes of Americans. With comments and jokes about people from just about every state. It will have you either nodding your head or laughing out loud. Just don't read it in a public place! "Neither Here Nor There", I found more laugh out loud funny, but not because of Bryson mocking Europeans (which he does) but because of his anecdotes about things and his bitching in general. Also he tells us of his earlier experience in Europe as a student with his friend Stephen Katz (who travelled with him in "A Walk In The Woods").
So don't hesitate, buy it now because you'll treasure it forever!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book about America I have read, 2 April 2000
By A Customer
This was in fact Bill Bryson's first book, originally published in 1988. It is also his best travel book - better than Notes from a Small Island. To really appreciate it, though, you have to have (a) travelled around America, and (b) share his low opinion of the American way of life. By comparison, Notes from a Small Island is an affectionate portrayal of Britain. The Lost Continent is the best kind of satire - the sort with real bite.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous entertainment, 21 Aug 2000
By A Customer
This was my first introduction to Bill Bryson's writing several years ago and I have now read everything! Even if you have read the book, this tape brings the whole journey to life. Kerry Shale's narration has become Bill Bryson! A highly entertaining journey though small town America and whilst it is quite acerbic, the fondness for the country shows throughout. I guarantee you will laugh.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bryson Back Home, 14 Nov 2000
This is a very personal study of both the horrors of small-town America and Brysons own childhood. It is a lament for the lost character of American life and a sharp, witty dig at the destruction of rampant capitalism and slothful consumerism. It does this, like all Bryson books, in a way that still leaves you smiling, even if only at human stupidity.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 315 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson (Paperback - 1 Nov 1990)
Used & New from: 0.01
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews