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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER 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 Lovely little adventure a la Bill Bryson No one knows incidentally why Australia s spiders are so extravagantly toxic capturing small insects and injecting them with enough poison to drop a horse would appear to be the most literal case of overkill Still it does mean that everyone gives them lots of space What an absolutely stunning endorsement As with his other traveling books Bill Bryson hip hops his way across a country visiting monuments and interviewing natives We meet uirky characters and Australian wildlife galore from the poisonous snakes to the brutal kookaburra Incidentally did you know that the kookaburra likes to bash its prey until their bones have been pulverized Apparently its easier to digest that waylovelyHe also has uite a lot to say about Australians They spend half of any conversation insisting that the country s dangers are vastly overrated and that there s nothing to worry about and the other half telling you how six months ago their Uncle Bob was driving to Mudgee when a tiger snake slid out from under the dashboard and bit him on the groin but that it s okay now because he s off the life support machine and they ve discovered he can communicate with eye blinks To be fair Bill Bryson does have plenty of good things to say about Australia As he goes from town to town he describes delicious sounding dishes and has a way with describing the atmosphere such that you feel like you are really there About halfway through the book I did start to get a bit bored this book became a bit samey samey with every town he visited That being said I did enjoy reading this somewhat unusual trek through AustraliaAudiobook CommentsNothing too special was well read if a bit bland in toneinflectionYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

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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 curiousityDespite the fact that Australia harbors things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else including sharks crocodiles snakes even riptides and dese I love Australia even though I have never been there It has amazing wilderness and is the setting of beautiful movies it exports talented actors actresses and directors it has that Great Barrier Reef thingy which is apparently so wonderful that is is a Natural Wonder of the World and it is home to the stunning Sydney Opera House And oh yeah Aussies gave us UGGs So we have a lot to thank them forBill Bryson also loved Australia so much so that he spent months touring its cities and the Outback Bryson employed his usual humor in this travelogue and numerous sections had me laughing out loud sometimes embarrassingly so But he would also wax rhapsodic about how amazing the land wasThere was no place in the world like it There still isn t Eighty percent of all that lives in Australia plant and animal exists nowhere else More than this it exists in an abundance that seems incompatible with the harshness of the environment Australia is the driest flattest hottest most desiccated infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents Only Antarctica is hostile to life This is a place so inert that even the soil is technically speaking a fossil And yet it teems with life in numbers unaccounted For insects alone scientists haven t the faintest idea whether the total number of species is 100000 or than twice that As many as a third of those species remain entirely unknown to science For spiders the proportion rises to 80 percent This is a country that is at once staggeringly empty and yet packed with stuff Interesting stuff ancient stuff stuff not readily explained Stuff yet to be found Trust me this is an interesting placeBryson gets into his fair share of scrapes during his Australian journey and at one point he and his traveling companion are in danger of running out of both fuel and water while in the Outback Luckily no serious harm was doneAnother close encounter was with a bluebottle jellyfish Bryson and his guide Deirdre were boogie boarding at Freshwater Beach near Manly when Deirdre suddenly grabbed Bryson s arm and stopped him from advancing toward the bluey as Deirdre called it At the time Bryson didn t know what she meant by blueyIs it dangerous I askedNow before we hear Deirdre s response to me as I stood there vulnerable and abraded shivering nearly naked and half drowned let me just uote from her subseuent article in the Herald s weekend magazine While the photographer shoots Bryson and his boogie board are dragged 40 meters down the beach in a rip The shore rip runs south to north unlike the rip further out which runs north to south Bryson doesn t know this He didn t read the warning sign on the beach Nor does he know about the bluebottle being blown in his direction now less than a meter away a swollen stinger that could give him 20 minutes of agony and if he s unlucky an unsightly allergic reaction to carry on his torso for his lifeDangerous No Deirdre replied now as we stood gawping at the bluebottle But don t brush against itWhy notMight be a bit uncomfortableI looked at her with an expression of interest bordering on admiration Long bus journeys are uncomfortable Slatted wooden benches are uncomfortable Lulls in conversations are uncomfortable The sting of a Portuguese man of war even Iowans know this is agony It occurred to me that Australians are so surrounded with danger that they have evolved an entirely new vocabulary to deal with itFootnote The statement is inarguable However the author would like the record to show that he did not have his glasses on he trusted his hosts he was scanning a large area of ocean for sharks and he was endeavoring throughout not to excrete a large house brick into his pantsHAHAHA Bryson is a hoot you guys There is so much great stuff in this book and I could type out pages of other funny stories but I shall leave you to discover it for yourself Like all of his travelogues he shares interesting historical details about the places he visits and he s good at making fun of himself and his bumbling ways I enjoyed this so much and I laughed so hard and so often that this has become one of my favorite Bryson books If you like audiobooks I highly recommend listening to Bryson narrate this It s marvelous My rating 45 stars rounded up to 5

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Rts 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 guid Whatever subject Bill Bryson writes abouthe has the ability to turn it into first class entertainmentThis book was all the enjoyable for meas it brought back memories of the year I spent in Australiaa country I became very fond of With a country like Australiawhich is known as the land down underwith its inverted seasonsuniue wild life and history of convict settlementBryson never lacks for materialHe visits the major cities and even travels the Australian outback on the Indian Pacific trainI had contemplated that journeybut didn t uite undertake itHis trademark commentary on each place he visits is delightfulParticularly enjoyed his humorous description of Canberrathe capitalwhere I livedBryson also has a fair bit to sayabout all the deadly creatures that inhabit Australiasuch as the Box Jellyfishsnakes etcI remained blissfully unaware of thosein the pre internet days and read Bryson s book a long time after returning from down underAlso missed visiting Uluru Ayer s Rock and Bryson s description made me wish I hadafter going so nearMost of Bryson s travel books are very interestingbut this one is among his bestalongwith the delightful A Walk in the Woods


10 thoughts on “Down Under

  1. says:

    Lovely little adventure a la Bill Bryson No one knows incidentally why Australia's spiders are so extravagantly toxic; capturing small insects and injecting them with enough poison to drop a horse would appear to be the most

  2. says:

    I love Bill Bryson Yep it's a full blown one sided bromance Bryson could write a book about the history of the individual rooms wit

  3. says:

    Bill Bryson never seems to use the same approach to each of his books Is this book going to be snarky Bill Is this going to be funny Bill Is thi

  4. says:

    I developed a taste for Bill Bryson last year when I read his Short History of Nearly Everything an ambitious attempt to trace the history of life the universe and everything in just 574 pages While many of the scientific discoveries outlined in the book were a little beyond me I thoroughly enjoyed Bryson's descriptions of the larger than life personalities behind the discoveries which really brought the scienc

  5. says:

    Ok First of all I'm here to tell you that non fiction is normally not my bag I think I got this book because I forgot to send in the do not send notice in a book club That said I'm soooo happy that I didn't and I made myself read this OMG I lost track of how many times I laughed until there were tears running down my cheeks and how many smiles and chuckles it rang out of me This is a book about Bryson's trips

  6. says:

    I love Australia even though I have never been there It has amazing wilderness and is the setting of beautiful movies; it exports talented actors actresses and directors; it has that Great Barrier Reef thingy which is apparently so wonderful

  7. says:

    Whatever subject Bill Bryson writes abouthe has the ability to turn it into first class entertainmentThis book was all the enjoyable for meas it brought back memories of the year I spent in Australiaa country I became very fond of With a country like Australiawhich is known as the land down underwith its inverted seasonsun

  8. says:

    Having travelled briefly through parts of ueensland and New South Wales several years ago I'd been waiting to catch up with

  9. says:

    As expected this was a mix of fun facts and a companion travel piece Being Australian I’m sure I enjoyed this than the average non Australian reader but I could see that some parts especially the parts apart about politics

  10. says:

    Bill Bryson is on a short list of go to writers when I need a thoughtful but not too taxing book His travel works seem to follow th