The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America

'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 14,000 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. Instea 'I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to' And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldn't...

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Title:The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
Author:Bill Bryson
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:299 pages pages

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America Reviews

  • Greg
    Mar 09, 2013
    I was excited to read this book. I've owned it for a few years now, and it's one of those books that I would see on my shelf and I'd think, this is going to be good, I better save it for another day when I guess I deserve to read something good rather than now when I should read someth...
  • Lorenzo Pilla
    Jun 24, 2008
    Bad. Bad. Bad. While Bryson can be funny at times, I quickly grew tired of him and eventually he just annoyed me with this one. I would have stopped in the middle, but for my book club's sake, I plodded through, skimming some sections toward the end. This isn't real travel writing. Bry...
  • Claire
    Dec 19, 2008
    Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person who's noticed the fact that Bill Bryson is a smug bastard who casts a pall of depressing sarcasm over everything he writes about. I mean, I'm all for sarcasm in most cases, but it's as though all of his subjects are cheapened and made despicabl...
  • Leftbanker
    Sep 27, 2007
    The Lost Continental: A Look at Bill Bryson I must preface this essay by saying that if everyone didn?t like this Bill Bryson book as much as I didn?t (at least the person he is in this book), he would be about the wealthiest author on the planet. At least I bought it. I have se...
  • Michael
    Jan 02, 2008
    While in the Frankfurt airport killing time, I decided I needed something to read while waiting in the airport and on the long flight back. During my vacation, I had already read Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of Freedom, Judith Butler's Excitable Speech, and Yves Simon's Freedom and Communit...
  • Karen
    May 18, 2008
    When reading this book, American readers may very well feel like they are eavesdropping on a conversation not intended for their ears. This is because Bill Bryson obviously intended this book to be read by a British audience. There are lots of laughs in this book. His depictions of...
  • Benjamin Duffy
    Oct 19, 2011
    As an experiment, if you ever decide you might like to read this book, first pick it up and simply read the opening sentence of each chapter. If I had done so, I probably wouldn't have bothered with the rest, and I would have been just as well off. The Lost Continent and I got off o...
  • Tommy
    Dec 06, 2007
    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...
  • Andrea
    Dec 31, 2008
    I was really excited to read this book, as I love observational memoir-style writing - especially when it deals with travel and cultural habits people keep with food. And at first I thought his observations were snarky, spot-on, and funny. But as the book wore on (like, about 25 pages ...
  • Ciara
    Mar 13, 2008
    This is the worst book ever. Bryson is a fat, cynical white guy traveling around the country, proclaiming in the subtitle: "Travels in Small Town America." But like most fat white guys, Bryson is scared of small town America. He hates every small town he comes to- whether they're on In...
  • Tara
    Jul 16, 2013
    How can a man think he's seen America if he refuses to get out of his car? Bill Bryson perfectly embodies what Wendell Berry would describe as a "failure to encounter": Bryson doesn't encounter America. He doesn't find it. He treats it like a disposable tissue, with as little interest ...
  • Petra X
    Jun 19, 2011
    Nothing to write home about, not even if you are from small-town America. The author, in this book, is caught up in himself and his wit rather than the subject, the small towns of America. ...
  • Adam
    Mar 29, 2009
    Ha, oh America! As much as I hesitated to read a travelogue about America while living abroad (I mean, shouldn't I be reading about my host country), my diminishing pile of books from home lead me to this humorous Bryson tale. I've now had a couple of encounters with Bryson's wri...
  • Courtney Lindwall
    May 28, 2012
    Bill Bryson will always be really, really, really fucking hilarious. When he's writing about boring suburbs and boring monuments, he's still super funny. When he's writing about walking through the woods for a good 1000-something miles, he's still super funny. That's pretty much why th...
  • Hayes
    Feb 22, 2010
    Sometimes he's so funny, and spot on. And then he goes off the deep end. The snark and the southern bashing and the racist comments just got to me. Can't finish this. page 44: [somewhere in downstate Illinois]Afterwards I retired with a six-pack to my motel, where I discovered that ...
  • D.A. Cairns
    Jan 30, 2010
    This is the first Bill Bryson book I have read and it's not hard to see why he has become so popular. Written in a mostly conversational style, as though he were relating the highs and lows of his travel experiences to his friends over dinner just after he returned, it is filled with v...
  • Erica
    Dec 12, 2017
    Hey, I just remembered - I don't like Bill Bryson. I made it all the way to the end of the first CD, just to be certain I wasn't mistaken about my opinion, and nope, I wasn't. I still don't like Bill Bryson. This is especially repugnant coming straight off Something Rich and Stran...
  • Gary
    Apr 10, 2010
    It's funny how so many Americans begin their reviews of 'The Lost Continent' with statements such as "I loved Bryson's other books but this one is terrible!", all because he treats America the same way as he treats everywhere and everyone else. So while many Americans think it's acc...
  • Troy Blackford
    Mar 24, 2014
    What a great look at what America is like on a micro-level. Having grown up in small towns in the Midwest, I really identified with the places (unfortunately, for the most part) that Bryson visited in his journey. I loved how Bryson, a Des Moines native, moved away to the UK for 20 yea...
  • Heather
    Mar 01, 2014
    I started this book while I was sitting in the jury pool waiting room. The first chapter made me laugh out loud. I was sitting in the most uncomfortable, boring, and annoying place in the universe and it still made me laugh out loud. People looked at me. However, after the first few ch...
  • Zuberino
    Dec 13, 2011
    Bryson does two things very well in this book, besides his trademark humour which is happily a constant in this and every other book he's ever written. He captures the spirit of the land at a very specific time in its recent history: 1987, the high water mark of the Reaganite project. ...
  • Andrew Smith
    Jul 14, 2017
    I do like Bryson. I enjoy his wry views on life, people and places. He informs and he makes me laugh, and that's enough to ensure I keep coming back to spend more time in his company. Here he promises to follow the path of old holidays with his parents, when as a child he was hauled ar...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Feb 26, 2018
    I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to. Thus begins Bill Bryson his travelogue, setting the tone for what is going to follow: he is a smart-aleck, and he is going to be at his sarcastic best in taking down small-town America through which he is going to travel. Des Moines in Iow...
  • Negin
    Jan 17, 2016
    I read parts of this during an extremely long wait in the doctor?s office with my teenage daughter. There were lots of giggle-out-loud moments, and, of course, I?d interrupt her reading to hand her a short paragraph or two to read. It was fun to have her chuckle also. It also made ...
  • Jeff
    Feb 22, 2018
    In which a bilious Bryson, returning to the U.S. after living in England, borrows his mom?s car (with her permission) and sets out to find the perfect American small town. Bryson kind of loses focus of his main task along the way, but that doesn?t prevent him from slinging h...
  • Vanessa
    May 25, 2018
    I do like my arm chair travelling with a hint of cynicism and much like Australians who are expert at taking the Mickey out of ourselves it was refreshing to see an American being able to take the piss. He may not be politically correct but who hasn?t had a variation of the same t...
  • ~☆~Autumn♥♥
    Oct 01, 2015
    I have been to many of the places in the west that he traveled to in this book and it was interesting to me to read about his experiences which were so different to what I experienced. We had a great breakfast in Sundance, WY and the waitress was so super nice and cheerful that I actua...
  • David Highton
    May 31, 2018
    Bill's first travel book, published in 1989, is very irreverent and very funny - some of the cultural references may be dated for younger readers, but as I am nearly same age as be is, not a problem for me. I still have some catching up to do on some of his other books! ...
  • Miranda Reads
    Nov 07, 2017
    As my father always used to tell me, 'You see, son, there's always someone in the world worse off than you.' And I always used to think, 'So?' Bryson returns to England after ten years and decides to take a road trip full of nostalgic stops. He reflects on many a good adventure with ...
  • J.K. Grice
    Oct 03, 2017
    This was the book that made me fall in love with Bill Bryson's writing many years ago. It helps a little bit that we both grew up in Iowa, but this man is so funny, I cannot imagine any reader not having a great time with his books. Enjoy a fun road trip across America in this rollicki...