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An affectionate look at a weird and wonderful country,
This review is from: Down Under (Hardcover)
I bought this book for a friend of mine who holidayed in Oz last year. I myself traveled far and wide in Australia for a year in the late 90s, and fell in love with the country.
I'd never read Bryson before, and so naturally this was my first choice.
It's an excellent account of a traveller's impressions Down Under - time and time again I couldn't believe that Mr Bryson's observations so matched my own (although his are far more witty and colorful!)From the bustling multi-cultural cities, to the lush rainforests, from the startling beauty of the Barrier Reef to the dry emptiness of the Red Center, Bryson is openly and continually amazed. But what really sets this book apart are the incredible anecdotes about the vast array of Australians he encountered - some friendly, some not-so-friendly, many simply eccentric. As I so often found on my travels, the Australian people are as varied, unpredictable and engaging as the country they inhabit.
This was like a trip down memory lane - it's really whet my appetite for a return visit.