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In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
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May 23, 2007

it was ok

This was a bit disappointing considering it being a rendition of a travelogue -- my favorite genre -- of my most favorite continent ever. Bryson, generally extremely adept at mixing humorous personal narrative with informative and insightful commentary on the subject of his travels, just didn't seem to appreciate Australia enough. Or perhaps Bryson's white, overweight, middle-aged stature was just not up for the job. More damaging was his superficial treatment of race relations concerning Australia's original Maori people. It sort of left a sour note. This volume is also not as laugh-out-loud funny as some of Bryson's earlier work.
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Imogen *Australian Aboriginals.
Maori's are the native people of New Zealand.

Jade Indigenous is more commonly used

Jade He did an immense amount of walking on his trips and I thought he did a fabulous job of discribing Australia, even the indigenous people, his facts were accurate. The bitter taste was for the way they were treated, kind of like the way Americans treated the native Indians!!

message 4: by Fay (new) - rated it 4 stars

Fay His discussion of aboriginals wasn't superficial at all. Race relations could separately take up a huge volume, but for a race that IS pretty much ignored in the mainstream media, he did well.

message 5: by Tammy (new)

Tammy favourite continent? Then might want to get the name of its indigenous people correct. As Imogen commented, Maori are in New Zealand.

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