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In a Sunburned Country (2000)

by Bill Bryson

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Series: Bill Bryson's Travels (5)

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Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines.

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I wish I could deliver information with such stylistic engagement and wit. I would love to have half of Bryson's talent and comedic knack. Really half of either one would be enough. ( )
  HCSimmons | Mar 11, 2023 |
All these years later I remember vividly his section on box jellyfish. I had already been in Australia when I read it and it brought back an appreciation for that wonderful country. Feels like I should re-read it again at some point. ( )
  mktoronto | Jan 25, 2023 |
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  KimMahaffey | Dec 4, 2022 |
I have always wanted to go to Australia and this book was an entertaining travel guide. Bill Bryson is witty and captivating. He intertwines modern day places to see with the history of the continent. ( )
  ArcherKel | Aug 17, 2022 |
Although this book is 22 years old at this point, it is still a wonderfully funny and informative book about Australia. The audiobook is read by the author, which makes it more interesting. I learned much about Australia that I did not know, some things trivial and some not. I learned again that cricket is incredibly boring - I laughed out loud through much of that section. I knew but had it confirmed that there are many interesting ways to die in Australia that are unique, from poisonous snakes and spiders, to crocodiles, to the extreme conditions in the Outback, to all manner of sea creatures with strong stings. Bryson writes about the history of the country, in brief, and in particular included how the aboriginal peoples were heavily discriminated against until very recently. I am sure that some of it still goes on. As with all of Bryson's books, I enjoyed the book very much. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Aug 1, 2022 |
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Boisterous and contagious, Bryson’s writing is a constant affectionate tease aimed at prodding the reader as much as the society and place that he is describing. Bryson loves Australia and he wants you to share his enthusiasm for it. Wherever Bryson is: gaping at a giant stuffed lobster on the roadside in the middle of the Australian outback, cursing himself as he tries to snorkel unsuccessfully in the Great Barrier Reef, or admiring Sydney’s harbor he writes with a love and a ruthlessness that only a sibling or best friend would dare to use.
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Flying into Australia, I realized with a sigh that I had forgotten again who their prime minister is.
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Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines.

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The author of "A Walk in the Woods" now chronicles his exploration of Australia. This good-humoured traveller relates his outback adventures with anecdotes
about the history and local inhabitants. Describes the harsh terrain and hostile wildlife including crocodiles, poisonous snakes, and attacking seashells.
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