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The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
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Oct 03, 07

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Read in October, 2007

The Lost Continent seems very much like an “after the return” sequel to his Notes from a small island, particularly in the way Bryson travels through rural towns of unremarkable podunkery in an effort to better understand and come to grips with society and culture and his place in it. Some of the observations are (true to Bryson form) quite hilarious while others come across as exploitative and unnecessary “filler” material. While I understand most of this is extremely ironic, it often tends to distract from any deeper observations. This aside, there is no denying that Bill Bryson is a master of choice language and witty hyperbole that is layered thicker than an Iowan trucker.
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