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In the Land of Oz (edition 2011)

by Howard Jacobson

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Title:In the Land of Oz
Authors:Howard Jacobson
Info:Bloomsbury Paperbacks (2011), Paperback, 528 pages
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Rating:1/2
Tags:Travel, Biography

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These days new travelogues are released every day, recording the travails of a lonely traveller in a strange land. One tends to forget the works of the pioneers who first sat in some sort of vehicle, passing commentary on the local people and their customs.

For many years, "In the Land of Oz" held a prominent position in the Australian psyche, being the first major work on looking at Australia from an outsider's eyes. Jacobson and his wife lap Australia, taking in the sights and the local customs. There is nothing too much of a revelation in here but Jacobson's writing is sharp, as is his eye for detail. Bill Bryson's "In a Sunburnt Country" is better and funnier but "In the land of Oz" is still worth thumbing through. ( )
  MiaCulpa | May 12, 2015 |
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(2/3/88). HOWARD JACOBSON'S NARRATIVE IS ALWAYS THE EXUBERANCE, THE EXENTRICITY, THE INTEMPERATE VARIETY OF AUSTRALIA. WHETHER HE SUCCEEDED IN FAMILIARISING THE NATIVES WITH THE BRITISH TEMPERAMENT AND CHARACTER IS ANOTHER.

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The Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'The Finkler Question' went Down Under - and this is what he found. Originally published: London: Hamilton, 1987.

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