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A Really Funny Book... Although I Had To Laugh At Myself
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2018
"The Lost Continent" is an early non fiction travel tour story, by Bill Bryson, about the "Lower 48" of the United States. The book was written in the 1980s. As understand it, Bill Bryson was born and raised in Iowa. He then moved to England. As a resident of England, he returns to America, and embarks upon a one person travel tour of the continental United States. He does not drive through every state. He then writes this book, I think his target audience is Europeans.
Bill Bryson combines a description of the areas he drives through and additionally adds stories about his own youth and other stories about America and Americans. As an American, I did find some of his observations and commentaries to be completely uproarious. However at times his sarcasm went too far and I found the book momentarily offensive and boorish. Mostly I found the book really funny and I completely enjoyed it. I do wish to add there were states that the author did not drive through and did not comment upon.
In addition to reading this fine book on Kindle, I listened to the audiobook, narrated by William Roberts. I found William Roberts to be particularly effective in conveying the comedic aspects of is work. I found myself repeatedly laughing out loud at the reading of William Roberts. But there is a LOT of sarcasm and one needs to keep one's sense of humor.
In summary, I really enjoyed this book. I would call the audiobook and "easy listen" that I could listen to on a speaker while driving. I found the book mostly very humorous, at times boorish, but on the whole very funny. I am glad that I read the book and intend to read another book by Bill Bryson. Thank You....