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Lost Continent - Bill Bryson

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'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 town called Amalgam, the kind of smiling village where the films of his youth were set. Instead he drove through a series of horrific burgs which he renamed Smellville, Fartville, Coleslaw, Dead Squaw, Coma, Doldrum. At best his search led him to Anywhere, USA; a lookalike strip of gas stations, motels and hamburger outlets populated by obese and slow-witted hicks with a partiality for synthetic fibres. He found 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 foreigner in his own country.



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A funny journey in small town America.


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Informative
  • Well Written


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    • for everyone
    • Gift
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Lost Continent:

    I needed to buy another copy of this book because I lent it to my son who moved away with it. I had already read it a few times over the years but reading it again is like visiting an old friend.

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    Here in one volume are simply the funniest travel books of all time. Bryson's misadventures and digressions, whether driving across America (The Lost Continent) or struggling through Europe (Neither Here Nor There), will make you cry with laughter. (Kirkus UK)

    Bill Bryson

    Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. Settled in England for many years, he moved to America with his wife and four children for a few years ,but has since returned to live in the UK. His bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, Notes From A Small Island, A Walk In The Woods and Down Under. His acclaimed work of popular science, A Short History Of Nearly Everything, won the Aventis Prize and the Descartes Prize, and was the biggest selling non-fiction book of the decade in the UK.

    Visit Bill Bryson's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9780552998086
    ISBN-10: 0552998087
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 384
    Published: April 1999
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 2.4
    Weight (kg): 0.27
    Edition Number: 1