[Reading] ➿ The Lost Continent ➶ Bill Bryson – Loufanet.info

The Lost Continent I was excited to read this book I ve owned it for a few years now, and it s one of those books that I would see on my shelf and I d think, this is going to be good, I better save it for another day when I guess I deserve to read something good rather than now when I should read something I m not looking forward to Or whatever it is that my thought process is about delaying gratification of books that I actually want to read versus a good deal of the books that I end up reading.This should have I was excited to read this book I ve owned it for a few years now, and it s one of those books that I would see on my shelf and I d think, this is going to be good, I better save it for another day when I guess I deserve to read something good rather than now when I should read something I m not looking forward to Or whatever it is that my thought process is about delaying gratification of books that I actually want to read versus a good deal of the books that I end up reading.This should have been in the, why don t you just read this because then you can get it out of your apartment or hey you have lots of really good unread books, Greg, so why don t you pick one of the mediocre ones that have been collecting dust and read that instead of something you might really like Or maybe one of the, you are a worthless piece of shit, Greg, and you don t deserve to read anything good, so read this instead It was one of those books.But I meant to like it.I ve only read one other Bill This is the worst book ever Bryson is a fat, cynical white guy traveling around the country, proclaiming in the subtitle Travels in Small Town America But like most fat white guys, Bryson is scared of small town America He hates every small town he comes to whether they re on Indian reservations, small farming communities in Nebraska, southern towns full of African Americans where the author is too I Come From Des Moines Somebody Had To And, As Soon As Bill Bryson Was Old Enough, He Left Des Moines Couldn T Hold Him, But It Did Lure Him Back After Ten Years In England, He Returned To The Land Of His Youth, And Drove Almost 14,000 Miles In Search Of A Mythical Small Town Called Amalgam, The Kind Of Trim And Sunny Place Where The Films Of His Youth Were Set Instead, His Search Led Him To Anywhere, USA A Lookalike Strip Of Gas Stations, Motels And Hamburger Outlets Populated By Lookalike People With A Penchant For Synthetic Fibres Travelling Around Thirty Eight Of The Lower States United Only In Their Mind Numbingly Dreary Uniformity He Discovered A Continent That Was Doubly Lost Lost To Itself Because Blighted By Greed, Pollution, Mobile Homes And Television Lost To Him Because He Had Become A Stranger In His Own Land.The Lost Continent Is A Classic Of Travel Literature Hilariously, Stomach Achingly Funny, Yet Tinged With Heartache And The Book That First Staked Bill Bryson S Claim As The Most Beloved Writer Of His Generation. Well, ain t it somethin for dat rascally Mr Bryson wit all o dat funny Northern talk to make his way down here to Dixie and spend some time wid us We sure do ppreciate you takin us into your rich and well knowed book, Mr Bryson And yer gosh darn right, God save all those poor folk who Bryson does two things very well in this book, besides his trademark humour which is happily a constant in this and every other book he s ever written He captures the spirit of the land at a very specific time in its recent history 1987, the high water mark of the Reaganite project Time and again, he is left demoralized by the mindless affluenza that was the hallmark of American society during the latter half of the 1980s More broadly, Bryson leaves a depressingly accurate description of the Bryson does two things very well in this book, besides his trademark humour which is happily a constant in this and every other book he s ever written He captures the spirit of the land at a very specific time in its recent history 1987, the high water mark of the Reaganite project Time and again, he is left demoralized by the mindless affluenza that was the hallmark of American society during the latter half of the 1980s More broadly, Bryson leaves a depressingly accurate description of the tawdriness and vulgarity of America s built environment a cement desert of motels, burger joints, gas stations, strip malls, freeways and parking lots repeated ad nauseam throughout the Lower 48 that is painfully recognizable even 25 years later If you have ever wondered at the wanton debasement that has been visited o I come from Des Moines Somebody had to Thus begins Bill Bryson his travelogue, setting the tone for what is going to follow he is a smart aleck, and he is going to be at his sarcastic best in taking down small town America through which he is going to travel.Des Moines in Iowa is a typical small town in America where nothing ever happens and nobody ever leaves, because that is the only life they have known and they are happy with it But not so young Bill he watched one TV show on Europe w I come from Des Moines Somebody had to Thus begins Bill Bryson his travelogue, setting the tone for what is going to follow he is a smart aleck, and he is going to be at his sarcastic best in taking down small town America through which he is going to travel.Des Moines in Iowa is a typical small town in America where nothing ever happens and nobody ever leaves, because that is the only life they have known and they are happy with it But not so young Bill he watched one TV show on Europe when he was ten and was consumed with a desire to become European After a steady diet of National Geographics during his adolescence, Bryson left for England and settled there However, durin Sometimes I feel like I m the only person who s noticed the fact that Bill Bryson is a smug bastard who casts a pall of depressing sarcasm over everything he writes about I mean, I m all for sarcasm in most cases, but it s as though all of his subjects are cheapened and made despicable by his prose In The Lost Continent, he turns every small town inhabitant into an ignorant, obnoxious caricature The book has virtually nothing to offer, unless you, too, are hell bent on whining about the const Sometimes I feel like I m the only person who s noticed the fact that Bill Bryson is a smug bast When reading this book, American readers may very well feel like they are eavesdropping on a conversation not intended for their ears This is because Bill Bryson obviously intended this book to be read by a British audience There are lots of laughs in this book His depictions of Iowa made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes For example, his explanation for why so many farmers are missing fingers Yet, there is scarcely a farmer in the Midwest over the age of twenty who has not at some time When reading this book, American readers may very well feel like they are eavesdropping on a conversation not intended for their ears This is because Bill Bryson obviously intended this book to be read by a British audience There are lots of laughs in this book His depictions of Iowa made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes For example, his explanation for why so many farmers are missing fingers Yet, there is sc It s funny how so many Americans begin their reviews of The Lost Continent with statements such as I loved Bryson s other books but this one is terrible , all because he treats America the same way as he treats everywhere and everyone else.So while many Americans think it s acceptable hilarious, even for Bryson to make disparaging but witty comments about non Americans and the places they call home, it is an utter outrage for him to be anything other than completely worshipful with regar It s funny how so many Americans begin their reviews of The Lost Continent with statements such as I loved Bryson s other books but this one is terrible , all because he treats America the same way as he treats everywhere and everyone else.So while many Americans think it s acceptable hilarious, even for Bryson to make disparaging but witty comments about non Americans and the places they call home, it is an utter outrage for him to be anything other than completely worshipful with regard to America and Americans.The unavoidable, undeniable fact o In which a bilious Bryson, returning to the U.S after living in England, borrows his mom s car with her permission and sets out to find the perfect American small town.Bryson kind of loses focus of his main task along the way, but that doesn t prevent him from slinging his jibes at 38 of the lower U.S states.This one s almost as funny as the other Bryson books I ve read, but he seems to have a stick up his behind for most of it and the sometimes nasty barbs at middle Americans lose steam fai In which a bilious Bryson, returning to


About the Author: Bill Bryson

William McGuire Bill Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951 He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK.In The Lost Continent, Bil William McGuire Bill Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951 He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK.In The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson s hilarious first travel book, he chronicled a trip in his mother s Chevy around small town America It was followed by Neither Here Nor There, an account of his first trip around Europe Other travel books include the massive bestseller Notes From a Small Island, which won the 2003 World Book Day National Poll to find the book which best represented modern England, followed by A Walk in the Woods in which Stephen Katz, his travel companion from Neither Here Nor There, made a welcome reappearance , Notes From a Big Country and Down Under.Bill Bryson has also written several highly praised books on the English language, including Mother Tongue and Made in America In his last book, he turned his attention to science A Short History of Nearly Everything was lauded with critical acclaim, and became a huge bestseller It was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, before going on to win the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize His next book, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, is a memoir of growing up in 1950s America, featuring another appearance from his old friend Stephen Katz October 8 sees the publication of A Really Short History of Nearly Everything .


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