The Lost Continent

The Lost Continent

Travels in Small-town America

Paperback - 2002
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" I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to ."

And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldn't hold him, but it did lure him back. After ten years in England he returned to the land of his youth, and drove almost 14,000 miles in search of a mythical small town called Amalgam, the kind of smiling village where the movies from his youth were set. Instead he drove through a series of horrific burgs, which he renamed Smellville, Fartville, Coleslaw, Coma, and Doldrum. At best his search led him to Anywhere, USA, a lookalike strip of gas stations, motels and hamburger outlets populated by obese and slow-witted hicks with a partiality for synthetic fibres. He discovered a continent that was doubly lost: lost to itself because he found it blighted by greed, pollution, mobile homes and television; lost to him because he had become a foreigner in his own country.
Publisher: Toronto : Anchor Canada, 2002, c1989
ISBN: 9780385658614
Characteristics: 341 pages ;,20 cm.


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May 09, 2020

Great read with accurate descriptions of the sad state of the US. This book may have been written in 1989, but his observations still hold true.

Feb 08, 2020

Not sure why I even finished it. I didn't find his deprecating style humorous. He seems to never be satisfied with anyplace. Guess he would be happier staying home where maybe his TV choices and food are to his liking.

Nov 16, 2014

A pleasure to read. Its not too often a book's jacket actually reflects the content but in this case it was spot on. This book ranges from amusing to hilarious. Written in 1989 it clearly describes the sad state of the Great American society.
A witty yet poignant and honest appraisal instead of the usual rah-rah, jingoist, flag waving bumph so thickly spread on the bread of knowledge.

Jane60201 Jun 14, 2013

Not as entertaining as some of his other books.

Sep 25, 2011

Through the summer and now into the fall I've been chipping away at reading all of Bill Bryson's wounderful books. Some are more infomative and some make me laugh out loud. This would be the latter. Bill Byron understands people better than most, has a great grip on history and what makes things interesting and keep me going. Read it, enjoy!

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