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OT: Books: Bill Bryson "Down Under"

I was on a flight from Houston to Washington via Dallas today. We seemed to sit forever on the tarmac in Dallas, in fact just over 1.5 hours from leaving gate to taking off. The captain was warning that if he had to stop and restart the engines one more time, we'd have had to return to the terminal for more fuel.

However, the good thing was that I finished reading Down Under by Bill Bryson. I'm a real fan of Bill's writing and this book is no exception. It provides a wonderful and very humourous summary of his trips throughout a good chunk of Australia. Bill has a way of providing insights that is sorely lacking in most authors. I found myself laughing out loud many times while reading it. I also enjoyed the extra chapter at the end about his time growing up in the U.S. in the 1950s.

Highly recommended!

Published Monday, March 31, 2008 12:46 PM by Greg Low

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Peter W. DeBetta said:

Bill Bryson is a brilliant author. I've read several other of his travel logs, including "Notes from a Small Island", "A Walk in the Woods", and his other book on Australia, "In a Sunburned Country".

I second any recommendation for books by Bill Bryson.

March 31, 2008 10:46 AM
 

Denis Gobo said:

Same here I read

"A Walk in the Woods"

"A Short History of Nearly Everything"

"Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe"

All three are fantastic

March 31, 2008 11:54 AM
 

flcdrg said:

I'm hoping he actually saw a "chunk of Australia", unless he gets motion sickness :-)

-dave

March 31, 2008 8:49 PM
 

Greg Low said:

Hi Dave,

Yes, should have been "chunk" not "chuck" :-) Fixed thanks!

Regards,

Greg

March 31, 2008 10:45 PM

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