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Meghan’s review of The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
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Oct 22, 2007 12:16PM
Hey, I'm glad to see that there's someone else who laughs out loud at Bill Bryson, although this happens to me when I read Dave Barry, Gene Weingarten and Roy Blount Jr. or when I'm listening to Garrison Keillor -- so maybe I'm just a sucker for that style of humor.
As a Des Moines native, I thought Bryson hit the nail on the head about our hometown: "Much as I resented having to grow up in Des Moines, it gave me a real appreciation for every place in the world that's not Des Moines."
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Oct 22, 2007 02:54PM
I'll have to take your word on Des Moines. I'm from Kansas, though, and I was just glad he spent his whole time there thinking about In Cold Blood so he couldn't say anything too derogatory about us Jayhawks.
Jun 04, 2008 10:22AM
I'm currently trying to finish this, though I don't know why.
I agree with your review for the most part; I continue to laugh out loud at his digs and swipes at my fellow 'Murricans (of the 80s anyway), yet am growing more annoyed. It's becoming apparent though, especially in his search for the fantasy town of "Amalgam", that his sarcasm and elitism mask a growing sadness/disappointment at the realization that while he was away in England we pretty much purposely destroyed towns like Amalgam in favor of a drive-in dystopia that is only now, in the mid-00s, coming back to bite us in the ass. He was also in his mid-30's, a time when many realize you can never go Home again...though he was probably only too happy to get back to Europe, where they still have real towns.
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