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Description - The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson

I came from Des Moines. Somebody had to' nd, 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 films of his youth were set. Instead he drove through a series of horrific burgs which he renamed Smellville, Fartville, Coleslaw, Dead Squaw, Coma, 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 found a continent that was doubly lost; lost to itself because blighted by greed, pollution, mobile homes and television; lost to him because he had become a foreigner in his own country.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552998086
ISBN-10: 0552998087
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 128mm x 24mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to America for a few years but have now returned to the UK. His bestselling travel books include Neither Here Nor There, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods and Down Under . He is also the author of the prizewinning A Short History of Nearly Everything. His most recent book is At Home.

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