The Lost Continent

The Lost Continent

Downloadable Audiobook - 2003
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Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after ten years in England he decided to go home -- to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America. From the Deep South to the Wild West, from Elvis' birthplace through to Custer's Last Stand, Bryson visits places he re-named Dullard, Coma and Doldrum (so the residents don't sue or come after him with baseball bats). But his hopes of finding the American dream end in a nightmare of greed, ignorance and pollution. This is a wickedly witty and savagely funny assessment of a country lost to itself -- and to him. Travel through small-town America with Kerry Shale's popular BBC Radio 4 reading of Bill Bryson's comic travelogue.
Publisher: [Bath, England] : BBC Audiobooks, 2003.
ISBN: 9781405697569
Additional Contributors: Shale, Kerry
BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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VanessaCCL Oct 08, 2012

"About 25 years ago, after his father's death, author Bill Bryson left England to take two car trips across the United States and revisit the roads of his youth. A native of Iowa ("I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to."), Bryson sets off from his childhood home in a borrowed Chevrolet Chevette and wanders 14,000 miles across 38 states in search of the perfect small town. The end result is a string of bitingly humourous anecdotes, seasoned with a touch of melancholy, that provide an intriguing look at America. Those who want to know more about Bryson's youth after reading The Lost Continent can pick up his 2006 memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid." Next Reads Armchair Travel October 2012 Newsletter

Jan 17, 2012

For a funnier, more light-hearted look at travel in America read Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.

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