Review: In a Sunburned Country

Bill Bryson (2001)

It seems cliché to say Bill Bryson has done it again, but, well, he’s done it again. What he did for the Appalachian Trail (A Walk in the Woods, on my ’98 Best Of list) and England (Notes from a Small Island, on the ’97 list) he does for the land down under in this amusing piece of travel writing. There’s a little bit of everything in this book–killer sea shells and deadly jellyfish, the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the big red rock now known as Uluru, a gigantic man-made lobster road-side attraction, and entertaining tidbits of history on just about every other page. There are quirky characters, odd food (lots of beer!), and unusual names and incredible sights, all of which Bryson delights in sharing.


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