The Lost Continent

The Lost Continent

Travels in Small Town America

Book - 1999
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âe~I come from Des Moines. Somebody had toâe(tm)

And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldnâe(tm)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 small town called Amalgam, the kind of trim and sunny place where the films of his youth 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. He discovered 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 stranger in his own land.

Brysonâe(tm)s acclaimed first success, The Lost Continent is a classic of travel literature âe" hilariously, stomach-achingly, funny, yet tinged with heartache âe" and the book that first staked Bill Brysonâe(tm)s claim as the most beloved writer of his generation.

Publisher: London : Black Swan, 1999, c1989
ISBN: 9780552998086
Branch Call Number: E169.04 .B78 1999x
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 20 cm


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Nov 16, 2014

A pleasure to read. Its not too often a book's jacket actually reflects the content but in this case it was spot on. This book ranges from amusing to hilarious. Written in 1989 it clearly describes the sad state of the Great American society.
A witty yet poignant and honest appraisal instead of the usual rah-rah, jingoist, flag waving bumph so thickly spread on the bread of knowledge.

Jane60201 Jun 14, 2013

Not as entertaining as some of his other books.

Sep 25, 2011

Through the summer and now into the fall I've been chipping away at reading all of Bill Bryson's wounderful books. Some are more infomative and some make me laugh out loud. This would be the latter. Bill Byron understands people better than most, has a great grip on history and what makes things interesting and keep me going. Read it, enjoy!


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