Summary Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country (Bryson)
Bill Bryson follows his Appalachian amble A Walk in the Woods with the story of his exploits in Australia where A bombs go off unnoticed prime ministers disappear into the surf and cheery citizens coexist with the world s deadliest creatures toxic caterpillars aggressive seashells crocodiles sharks snakes and the deadliest of them all the dreaded box jellyfish And that s just the beginning as Bryson treks through sunbaked deserts and up endless coastlines crisscrossing the under discovered Down Under in search of all things interesting Bryson who could make a pile of dirt compelling and yes Australia is mostly dirt finds no shortage of curiosities When he isn t dodging Portuguese man of wars or considering the virtues of the remarkable platypus he visits southwest Gippsland home of the world s largest earthworms up to feet in length He discovers that Australia which began nationhood as a prison contains the longest straight stretch of railroad track in the world miles as well as the world s largest monolith the majestic Uluru and largest living thing the Great Barrier Reef He finds ridiculous place names Mullumbimby Ewylamartup Jig.
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Unces between Canberra and Melbourne the Outback and the Gold Coast showing Bryson alone and with partners in tow His unrelenting insistence that Australia is the most dangerous place on earth If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles or carried helplessly out to sea by irresistible currents or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback spins off dozens of tales involving jellyfish spiders and the world s most poisonous snakes Pitfalls aside Bryson revels in the beauty of this country home to ravishing beaches and countless uniue species % of all that lives in Australia plant and animal lives nowhere else He glorifies the country alternating between awe reverence and fear and he expresses these sentiments with frankness and candor via truly funny prose and a conversational pace that is at once unhurried and captivating Peppered with seemingly irrelevant albeit amusing yarns this work is a delight to read whether or not a trip to the continent is planned First serial to Outside magazine BOMC selection June Copyright Reed Business Information I.
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Galong and the supremely satisfying Tittybong and manages to catch a cricket game on the radio which is like listening to two men sitting in a rowboat on a large placid lake on a day when the fish aren t biting it s like having a nap without losing consciousness It actually helps not to know uite what s going on In such a rarefied world of contentment and inactivity comprehension would become a distraction You see Bryson observes Australia is an interesting place It truly is And that really is all I m saying Of course Bryson who is as much a travel writer here as a humorist naturalist and historian says much and does so with generous amounts of wit and hilarity Australia may be mostly empty and a long way away but it s a little closer now Rob McDonaldWith the Olympics approaching books on Australia abound Still Bryson s lively take is a welcome recess from packaged staid guides The author of A Walk in the Woods draws readers in campfire style relating wacky anecdotes and random facts gathered on multiple trips down under all the while lightening the statistics with infusions of whimsical humor Arranged loosely by region the book bo.