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The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson



ISBN: 9781784161804 Category: Tags: ,


‘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 14000 miles in search of a mythical small town called Amalgam the kind of trim and sunny place where the films of his youth were set. Instead his search led him to Anywhere USA; a lookalike strip of gas stations motels and hamburger outlets populated by lookalike people with a penchant for synthetic fibres. He discovered 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 stranger in his own land. Bryson’s acclaimed first success The Lost Continent is a classic of travel literature – hilariously stomach-achingly funny yet tinged with heartache – and the book that first staked Bill Bryson’s claim as the most beloved writer of his generation.

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