The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America

This is the 3rd Bill Bryson book I have read, in succession to A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. There were some other Bill Bryon books that I have read a few pages but did not finish, e.g., The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way, which seems like a little bit hard for me and contains too many details that only a linguistics, or an amateur linguistics would read every page; I’m a Stranger Here Myself, which is a collection of his column to British reader after he moved back to USA and probably best for those born in 1950s in USA or in British; and In a Sunburned Country, which seems like an easy reading but I just don’t have time to keep reading these days.

This book is not a serious travelingĀ  book- sometimes I even had problems to differentiate whether the descriptions were true or imagined, every time he talks about the weirdness of this town or that. But anyway, it is humorous and light-hearted, with some elements not exactly like those in American humors- I have to guess it is a mixture of British and American sense of humor. I did not believe I could like to read a book most of which is talking about how bizarre, weird, and isolated are these towns, I could not believe someone could turn this kind of complain into a laughing factor, but Bill Bryson did. And for that reason, maybe next time I should take a trip to Bryson City, NC, only 400 miles away.


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