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The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
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Nov 11, 2012

bookshelves: could-not-finish

Sometimes he's so funny, and spot on. And then he goes off the deep end. The snark and the southern bashing and the racist comments just got to me. Can't finish this.

page 44: [somewhere in downstate Illinois]
Afterwards I retired with a six-pack to my motel, where I discovered that the bed, judging by its fragrance and shape, had only recently been vacated by a horse. It had a sag in it so severe that I could only see the TV at its foot by splaying my legs to their widest extremity. It was like lying in a wheel-barrow.

I think I've been in this very motel...
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Joje I had a similar reaction to his book on English. This one is still funny, but one does have to slog through with him at times to get to the next one. That some repeats, though, is more that he's travelling from similar places to new, similar ones, most of the time, with a few variations (like in Savannah), but no great depths anywhere, except maybe Des Moines. But the funny bits are a scream.
The lack of depth in general is masked by humor, and yet at times the humor contains the depth. My favorite of all times is his take on a cricket match when driving in big deserted Australia.


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