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He tries to find out why Aussies are so cool, digging up a past that reveals convicts, explorers, gold diggers and outlaws.

Autorenportrait Bill Bryson wurde 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa, geboren. Mit "Reif fr die Insel" gelang Bryson, der zuvor bereits Reiseberichte geschrieben hat, der ganz groe Durchbruch.

And it is not only the uselessness of theinformation that interests him, but also the fact that Americans spend millions of dollars and hours each yearcollecting such data together.

Though not a match for his earlier success of Notesfrom a Small Island, Notes from a Big Country takes a good second place.

Bill Bryson ist ein unerschrockener Anglophiler, der -- durch einen geschichtlichen Fehler -- zufllig in Iowa geboren und aufgewachsen ist.

Um diesen Fehler wiedergutzumachen, verbrachte er 20 Jahre in England, bevor er sich entschlo, wieder in seine Heimat zurckzukehren.

Detractors of Bryson's work complain all his booksare the same, yet dedicated followers cite that very uniformity of style and subject as the reason they return, book after book.

Anyone disappointed by A Walk in the Woods (Bryson's account of hiking the Appalachian Trail and not his best book) will have their faith restored by Notes from a Big Country--here Bryson returns to his favourite subject and the simple, journalistic prose that makes his wacky facts and observations instantly accessible.

For a start, there's the oddly nasty fauna and flora.

Bryson does not pretend to deliver an intellectual treatise on the state of mankind; instead he offers one man's take on how humanity lurches from one day to another--ironically through the kinds of details he mocks others for collecting--Lucie Naylor Kurzbeschreibung "Delightful bite-size essays that exude affection while debunking the ridiculous with wonderful succinctness..is not a book to be read in a single sitting, it is one to be savoured." Martin Fletcher, }The Times The Independent Notes From A Small Island{ has sold in excess of 200,000 copies to date in the UK.

Aus der Amazon.de-Redaktion Dieser Titel ist in englischer Sprache.

In the time it takes you to read this article, four Americans will somehow manage tobe wounded by their bedding.

Fans of Bill Bryson will know by now that this isthe kind of completely useless information that gets him excited.Dort arbeitete er unter anderem fr die Times of London und lebte seitdem recht glcklich.



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