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The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America (original 1989; edição 2015)

por Bill Bryson (Autor)

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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 aging Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through thirty-eight states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America."--Container.… (mais)
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Título:The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
Autores:Bill Bryson (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow Paperbacks (2015), 354 pages
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The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America por Bill Bryson (1989)

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Want a disappointment this book was for me. I absolutely lived A Walk in the Woods and enjoyed In a Sun-burnt Country, but here Bryson seems to have no lightness of spirit at all.
The occasional laughs found in this book are drowned beneath the unkind and limited view he offers here. Ostensibly this is supposed to be a chronicle of Bryson revisiting his home country and taking a nostalgic driving tour. And that would have been great! But this book is not that.
Instead it’s a collection of columns Bryson wrote for a British newspaper about his trip down memory lane. I don’t know if he thought he’d get more laughs from Brits by continuously moaning about the US, or if he was a more callow writer then and thought smarminess could be a substitute for wit or humor.
This is one of Bryson’s early books. I’d give it a hard pass. ( )
1 vote bohemima | Oct 20, 2021 |
Got to be the snottiest book I've ever read. ( )
1 vote unclebob53703 | Oct 1, 2021 |
Audiobook narrated by William Roberts.

Subtitle: Travels in Small Town America

After living abroad for some years, Bryson returns to his home country eager to scratch his nostalgia itch for the road trips and experiences of his childhood. Setting out from his childhood home in his mother’s “aging Chevrolet Chevette,” he traverses the back roads of most of the contiguous forty-eight states in search of the perfect small American town, where “Bing Crosby is the priest, Jimmy Stewart is the mayor, and Fred MacMurray is the principal.”

The jacket promises “an uproariously funny narrative” but the book didn’t deliver … at least not in my opinion. I found much of it very dated (it was originally published in 1989), and his snide remarks about many of the places he visited were downright mean-spirited. In fairness, I also am dismayed by the commercialization and sameness of much of the landscape (I love driving vacations and have made many a trek across the USA), and I cringe at the ridiculous souvenir shops at even the most honored historic or natural sights. But I can ignore the shop selling commemorative pillows and mugs and still enjoy the majesty of Mammoth Cave, for example, or the historic information about Salem, Massachusetts.

I listened to this on audio, and William Roberts does a very good job of the narration. I wish he had better material to work with. ( )
  BookConcierge | Sep 30, 2021 |
This one is quite a bit different from his "Walk in the Woods." That book is about his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail and includes some interesting tidbits about the trail and its history, as well as several of the communities along the trail. This book is more critical of places in America as well as being much more superficial. Bryson drives a car around to 38 of the lower 48 states and describes some of the places he visits, with an attempt to place the emphasis on rural and small-town America. He doesn't do well at stopping at small towns and describes most places only very, very superficially. Plus he finds problems with everyplace he stops. I was hoping for more details and history and maybe some interesting perspectives as a former American now living in England. Alas, I didn't get much, although there is some humor in the book. ( )
  Jeff.Rosendahl | Sep 21, 2021 |
Revisiting an old favorite of mine leads to wonder what I once saw in this book. The Lost Continent is the first of the many travel books that Bryson wrote and the first one that I read way back in 1993. I've included it on my Favorite Books of All Time lists but will have to reconsider that. Bryson's schtick is that he's often cranky but in this book he's just downright nasty and describes everyone he encounters as dumb.

Bryson (who may be a distant relation since I have Bryson's in my family tree) grew up in Iowa, but as a young adult emigrated to England. The premise of this book is his return to the United States and driving around the country to recreate the vacation travels of his childhood while looking for the amalgam of the American small town. He finds that most towns have been eclipsed by strip malls and highways. And he makes some good observations about why it is that some places can be made beautiful - Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Colonial Williamsburg - while the ordinary places are the drab and ugly right up to their edge.

I'll have to review Bryson's later books but I feel that he becomes less of a nasty misanthrope and more of a cuddly curmudgeon. More importantly, he also begins to research the history of places he visits, interview local experts, and incorporate that into his travelogue. At any rate, the last time I read this book was 2001, when I wrote a more positive review, so I will include that so you can see how my feelings have changed over time:
One of Bryson's earliest travel books and maybe one of his best since at this point he's writing from the perspective of an average person driving around America as opposed to the famous travel writer he'd later become. Bryson's search for the perfect American small town is also very pointed in its satire and criticism. The view of an American expatriate has a special appeal to it. ( )
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