(KINDLE) The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson

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  • The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America
  • Bill Bryson
  • English
  • 24 September 2019
  • 9780060920081

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free download í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB æ Bill Bryson characters The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Bill Bryson æ 7 characters '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 14000 miles in search of a mythical small town called Amalgam the kind of trim and sunny place where the films of his y. 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 elseSo 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 AmericansThe unavoidable undeniable fact of the matter is that Bill Bryson s The Lost Continent is not only one of his finest works but one of the best books ever written by anyone in recent times about the USA and AmericansIt is as funny as anything you ll ever read as well as being touching poignant and fascinating It is the first book I ve read since Neither Here Nor There also by Bryson that has caused me to think of calling my travel agentAmerica has never been half as interesting as it is in The Lost Continent and Americans ought to be supremely grateful it was written and publishedFive stars and highly recommended

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free download í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB æ Bill Bryson characters The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Bill Bryson æ 7 characters T to itself because blighted by greed pollution mobile homes and television; lost to him because he had become a stranger in his own landThe 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 generati. 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 done shopped at K Mart They should ve spent their nickels at Crate Barrel had they knowed what to do wid demselves

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free download í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB æ Bill Bryson characters The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Bill Bryson æ 7 characters Outh 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; los. I come from Des Moines Somebody had to When you come from Des Moines you either accept the fact without uestion and settle down with a local girl named Bobbi and get a job at the Firestone factory and live there forever and ever or you spend your adolescence moaning at length about what a dump it is and how you can t wait to get out and then you settle down with a local girl named Bobbi and get a job at the Firestone factory and live there forever and everSo begins Bill Bryson s book about returning to his childhood home after living in England for a decade The above isn t that much different from what many people would write about the place where they grew up and from which they left at the first opportunityBut there s He goes on to write that hardly anyone ever leaves This is because Des Moines is the most powerful hypnotic known to man Okay I can see how a young man especially one who has traded Iowa for England might have the same reaction to the place he leftBut he s not throughWhen I was growing up I used to think that the best thing about coming from Des Moines was that it meant you didn t come from anywhere else in Iowa By Iowa standards Des Moines is a mecca of cosmopolitanism During the annual state high school basketball tournament when the hayseeds from out in the state would flood into the city for a week we used to accost them downtown and snidely offer to show them how to ride an escalator or negotiate a revolving doorAnd you know what I was beginning to believe that the condescending little smart aleck probably did just that smart aleck being a euphemism for another euphemism There s Iowa women are almost sensationally overweight I bet they loved reading this book in Iowa especially the womenHoweverAbove all Iowans are friendly You go into a strange diner in the South and everything goes uiet and you realize all the other customers are looking at you as if they are sizing up the risk involved in murdering you for your wallet and leaving your body in a shallow grave somewhere out in the swampsI bet they loved reading this book in the SouthAll of this is the beginning of Bryson s first travel book which was published in 1989 when he was thirty six years old and still just as susceptible to boredom as he was as a child whining in the backseat of the car when the family took road trip vacations to places that he didn t like And the reason he didn t like them was because he lacked the imagination that would have allowed him to see beyond the monotonous scenery of certain areas that could have made him appreciate the area s history and uniuenessI know the above to be true because the same tendencies were apparent in the thirty six year old man who wrote a bookHe spent a fall and a spring traveling in two huge loops one in the east and one in the west almost 14000 miles touching barely in many cases thirty eight states and found most of those miles and those states to be boring His idea of humor was to make fun at the expense of the people he encountered rarely ever engaging them in conversationHere is the lengthiest conversation with a local that he recorded in the book I was headed for Cairo Illinois which is pronounced Kay ro I don t know why At Cairo I stopped for gas and in fact did ask the old guy who doddered out to fill my tank why they pronounced Cairo as they did Because that s its name he explained as if I were kind of stupid But the one in Egypt is pronounced Ki Ro So I ve heard agreed the man And most people when they see the name think Ki ro don t they Not in Kay ro they don t he said a little hotly There didn t seem to be much to be gained by pursuing the point so I let it rest there and I still don t know why the people call it Kay ro Nor do I know why any citizen of a free country would choose to live in such a dump however you pronounce itThe shame is that if Ian Frazier the author of Great Plains had wondered about the name and why people lived in such a town he would have found out and he would have let the reader know And so would have Rinker Buck who traveled the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon from St Joseph Missouri all the way to Oregon and wrote about it in The Oregon Trail A New American JourneyMuch of Buck s journey was along the Platte River in Nebraska a state that Bryson barely nicked in the southeast corner of the state proclaiming that Nebraska must be the most unexciting of all the states It isn t but even if it was he didn t know enough about the state to make that judgment This was my second reading of Bryson s book I remembered that when I read it in the early 90s that there was some humor that made me chuckle but there was also much that was so obnoxious that it made me cringe a little of that went a long way My reread doesn t change that assessmentWhat it did do was cause me to read Great Plains for the third time and The Oregon Trail for the first time They sit side by side on my favorites shelf I recommend them bothAs for Bryson he mellowed somewhat in the many books that followed I have no way of knowing but perhaps he received some blowback about the harshness of the humor that he resorted to at other peoples expense I have read nearly everything that he later wrote down through the years and the humor is still prevalent but it has lost some of the bitter edge that characterized this book And that s a good thing