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The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
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Jun 25, 2011

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This book is infuriating me. Bryson is being a jerk toward Iowa and pretty much everywhere else in the US, as far as I can tell. He's relating the story of his rediscovery of the US after years living in the UK, which he accomplishes via roadtrip, snobbery and no small amount of whining. If he visits a town with just a gas station and feed store he calls it "dead," "sleepy," "dull." If the town has developed & has lots of stores and bowling alleys and fast food restaurants he calls it, "manufactured," and accuses it of lacking character. I really liked "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" and "A Walk in the Woods," but I don't know if I can read any more of this... does it get better? Is it worth finishing?
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