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The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America

Free download The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Un appassionante vagabondaggio per le strade di un’America minore dentro il cuore delle piccole città che sono l’anima segreta degli Stati Uniti luoghi in cui la vita sembra rimasta ferma agli anni cinuanta Un v. The Lost Continental A Look at Bill Bryson Bill Bryson s travel books are mostly like this one a constant whining about everything His other books I love It s not that I don t get the humor in this book I just think that it isn t funny not in the least I should also say that I have lived a full one uarter of my life outside of the United States and I don t care if someone makes fun of anything and everything American I ve done a bit of bashing myself A dyspeptic man in his middle thirties whose constant bad mood seems like someone in their mid seventies drives around the US and complains about absolutely everything he sees smells hears and eats If this sounds like your idea of a good time read Bill Bryson s The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America Abacus 1990He constantly mocks small towns in America by referring to them by such names as Dog Water Dunceville Urinal Spigot and Hooterville and this is in the first five pages Don t worry about the intrepid insulter running out of clever names for hick towns Bryson has a million of them and he uses every single oneThe only things about which Bryon has a favorable view are natural wonders and the homes of rich people He marvels at the obscenely posh residences of ultra wealthy early 20th century industrialists on Mackinac Island which were built before income taxes and most labor laws He would probably be thrilled with pre revolutionary France or Czarist Russia One of his very few favorable reviews of American cities was of the ski town of Stowe Vermont which caters almost exclusively to the richWhen he is traveling through the southwest he complains about the Mexican music on the radio He seems content to resort to bigotry than to come to some sort of understanding about the culture he is visiting In my opinion it s always interesting to praise something that you understand than to mock something that you don t I d have taken the time to translate a few of the songs and tell readers what they are about In fact I ve done this and Mexican ranchera music is all about stories of love heartbreak and often violence which describe the cowboy culture of Mexico s northern territories Bryson implies that the people who listen to this music are just too stupid to realize that it s only one tune played over and overHe gripes about a weatherman on TV who seems rather gleeful at the prospect of a coming snow storm yet Bryson seems to relish in the idea of not liking anything that he experiences in his journey His entire trip is like a storm he passes through Just once I wanted him to roll into some town that he liked and get into an interesting conversation with one of its residentsHere are examples of the cheeriness with which Bryson opens a few of his chapters I drove on and on across South Dakota God what a flat and empty state What is the difference between Nevada and a toilet You can flush a toilet One reviewer called Bryson witty I was headed for Nebraska Now there s a sentence you don t want to have to say too often if you can possibly help it In 1958 my grandmother got cancer of the colon and came to our house to die This last event must have brought untold joy to the young writerTell us Bill His narrative is tiresome than any Kansas wheat field he may have passed on his road trip through hell Most Americans seem to be either fat or stupid or both in the eyes of Bryson I can only assume that Bryson himself is some sort of genius body builder although in his photo on the book jacket he s a fat schlub Just one time I wanted him to talk to a local resident over a beer or a cup of coffee I wanted him to describe his partner in conversation as other than fat or stupid Not even one time do we hear about a place from somebody who lives there We could just as easily have read the guidebooks as Bryson did and he could have stayed home and saved himself thousands of miles of miseryWhenever someone starts to tell me about somewhere they ve traveled I ask them to describe their favorite thing about the trip be it a special spot food the people or whatever If they start to complain about the place I either change the subject or walk away if I can Travel is supposed to broaden the mind not make it narrower

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Free download The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 22500 chilometri all’inseguimento di un ricordo Restituendoci un tempo cristallizzato la canzone di uno sterminato paese che continua a credere a immaginare a vivere fra le pieghe di un sogno domestico e provincial. Well ain t it somethin for dat rascally Mr Bryson wit all o dat funny Northern talk to make his way down here to Dixie and spend some time wid us We sure do ppreciate you takin us into your rich and well knowed book Mr Bryson And yer gosh darn right God save all those poor folk who done shopped at K Mart They should ve spent their nickels at Crate Barrel had they knowed what to do wid demselves

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Free download The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Iaggio attraverso un presente rimasto passato in una provincia rurale che sembra non voler lasciare spazio al futuro Bill Bryson americano di nascita ma inglese d’adozione percorre a bordo di una vecchia Chevrolet. I come from Des Moines Somebody had to When you come from Des Moines you either accept the fact without uestion and settle down with a local girl named Bobbi and get a job at the Firestone factory and live there forever and ever or you spend your adolescence moaning at length about what a dump it is and how you can t wait to get out and then you settle down with a local girl named Bobbi and get a job at the Firestone factory and live there forever and everSo begins Bill Bryson s book about returning to his childhood home after living in England for a decade The above isn t that much different from what many people would write about the place where they grew up and from which they left at the first opportunityBut there s He goes on to write that hardly anyone ever leaves This is because Des Moines is the most powerful hypnotic known to man Okay I can see how a young man especially one who has traded Iowa for England might have the same reaction to the place he leftBut he s not throughWhen I was growing up I used to think that the best thing about coming from Des Moines was that it meant you didn t come from anywhere else in Iowa By Iowa standards Des Moines is a mecca of cosmopolitanism During the annual state high school basketball tournament when the hayseeds from out in the state would flood into the city for a week we used to accost them downtown and snidely offer to show them how to ride an escalator or negotiate a revolving doorAnd you know what I was beginning to believe that the condescending little smart aleck probably did just that smart aleck being a euphemism for another euphemism There s Iowa women are almost sensationally overweight I bet they loved reading this book in Iowa especially the womenHoweverAbove all Iowans are friendly You go into a strange diner in the South and everything goes uiet and you realize all the other customers are looking at you as if they are sizing up the risk involved in murdering you for your wallet and leaving your body in a shallow grave somewhere out in the swampsI bet they loved reading this book in the SouthAll of this is the beginning of Bryson s first travel book which was published in 1989 when he was thirty six years old and still just as susceptible to boredom as he was as a child whining in the backseat of the car when the family took road trip vacations to places that he didn t like And the reason he didn t like them was because he lacked the imagination that would have allowed him to see beyond the monotonous scenery of certain areas that could have made him appreciate the area s history and uniuenessI know the above to be true because the same tendencies were apparent in the thirty six year old man who wrote a bookHe spent a fall and a spring traveling in two huge loops one in the east and one in the west almost 14000 miles touching barely in many cases thirty eight states and found most of those miles and those states to be boring His idea of humor was to make fun at the expense of the people he encountered rarely ever engaging them in conversationHere is the lengthiest conversation with a local that he recorded in the book I was headed for Cairo Illinois which is pronounced Kay ro I don t know why At Cairo I stopped for gas and in fact did ask the old guy who doddered out to fill my tank why they pronounced Cairo as they did Because that s its name he explained as if I were kind of stupid But the one in Egypt is pronounced Ki Ro So I ve heard agreed the man And most people when they see the name think Ki ro don t they Not in Kay ro they don t he said a little hotly There didn t seem to be much to be gained by pursuing the point so I let it rest there and I still don t know why the people call it Kay ro Nor do I know why any citizen of a free country would choose to live in such a dump however you pronounce itThe shame is that if Ian Frazier the author of Great Plains had wondered about the name and why people lived in such a town he would have found out and he would have let the reader know And so would have Rinker Buck who traveled the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon from St Joseph Missouri all the way to Oregon and wrote about it in The Oregon Trail A New American JourneyMuch of Buck s journey was along the Platte River in Nebraska a state that Bryson barely nicked in the southeast corner of the state proclaiming that Nebraska must be the most unexciting of all the states It isn t but even if it was he didn t know enough about the state to make that judgment This was my second reading of Bryson s book I remembered that when I read it in the early 90s that there was some humor that made me chuckle but there was also much that was so obnoxious that it made me cringe a little of that went a long way My reread doesn t change that assessmentWhat it did do was cause me to read Great Plains for the third time and The Oregon Trail for the first time They sit side by side on my favorites shelf I recommend them bothAs for Bryson he mellowed somewhat in the many books that followed I have no way of knowing but perhaps he received some blowback about the harshness of the humor that he resorted to at other peoples expense I have read nearly everything that he later wrote down through the years and the humor is still prevalent but it has lost some of the bitter edge that characterized this book And that s a good thing


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