LOST CONTINENT

Bryson, Bill

ISBN 10: 0060161582 / ISBN 13: 9780060161583
Editore: Harper & Row, New York, 1989
Condizione: Fine Rilegato
Da Warren Berry (Ashville, NY, U.S.A.)

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First edition of very popular author's first book. Blurb starts: "I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to." Hardcover in cream boards with gilt cow on front, mauve cloth spine. Map endpapers. 314 pages with index. Fine copy in a fine dustjacket. Codice inventario libreria 001750

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Titolo: LOST CONTINENT

Casa editrice: Harper & Row, New York

Data di pubblicazione: 1989

Legatura: Hard Cover

Condizione libro:Fine

Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine

Edizione: First Edition.

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Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after ten years in England he decided to go home - to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America. From the Deep South to the Wild West, from Elvis' birthplace through to Custer's Last Stand, Bryson visits places he re-named Dullard, Coma and Doldrum (so the residents don't sue or come after him with baseball bats). But his hopes of finding the American dream end in a nightmare of greed, ignorance and pollution. This is a wickedly witty and savagely funny assessment of a country lost to itself - and to him. Travel through small-town America with Kerry Shale's popular BBC Radio 4 reading of Bill Bryson's comic novel.

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A travelogue by Bill Bryson is as close to a sure thing as funny books get. The Lost Continent is no exception. Following an urge to rediscover his youth (he should know better), the author leaves his native Des Moines, Iowa, in a journey that takes him across 38 states. Lucky for us, he brought a notebook.

With a razor wit and a kind heart, Bryson serves up a colorful tale of boredom, kitsch, and beauty when you least expect it. Gentler elements aside, The Lost Continent is an amusing book. Here's Bryson on the women of his native state: "I will say this, however--and it's a strange, strange thing--the teenaged daughters of these fat women are always utterly delectable ... I don't know what it is that happens to them, but it must be awful to marry one of those nubile cuties knowing that there is a time bomb ticking away in her that will at some unknown date make her bloat out into something huge and grotesque, presumably all of a sudden and without much notice, like a self-inflating raft from which the pin has been yanked."

Yes, Bill, but be honest: what do you really think?

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