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DOWN UNDER
Bryson, Bill
Doubleday
ISBN 10: 038540817X
ISBN 13: 9780385408172

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Down Under
Bryson, Bill      
ISBN: 038540817X
Doubleday, Australia, 2000. Reprint  Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Reprint. 319 pages. Boards have no wear, rubbing or soiling. Edges of dust jacket have light bumping. Dust jacket is unclipped. Pages are lightly tanned. It was as if I had privately discovered life on another planet, or a parallel universe where life was at once recognizably similar but entirely different. I can't tell you how exciting it was. Insofar as I had accumulated my expectations of Australia at all in the intervening years, I had thought of it as a kind of alternative southern California, a place of constant sunshine and the cheerful vapidity of a beach lifestyle, but with a slightly British bent - a sort of Baywatch with cricket...' Of course, what greeted Bill Bryson was something rather different. Australia is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the world's sixth largest country and its largest island. It is the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still it teems with life - a large proportion of it quite deadly. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else. This is a country where even the fluffiest of caterpillars can lay you out with a toxic nip, where seashells will not just sting you but actually sometimes go for you. If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner, you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles, or carried helplessly out to sea by irresistable currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback. Ignoring such dangers - yet curiously obsessed by them - Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging; their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water; the food is excellent; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn't get much better than this. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Travel & Places; ISBN: 038540817X. ISBN/EAN: 9780385408172. Inventory No: 17060105. Very Good
Price: $18.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 17060105
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Down Under
Bryson, Bill,      
ISBN: 038540817X
Doubleday & Co, London, 2000. Reprint  Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/Good. Reprint. bibliography, 4 x 1/2 page maps, and chapter vignettes, illustrated dustwrapper. Bill Bryson's inimitable eye is cast over and under the largest island in the world. The edges of the text block are uniformly browned, and the edges of the dustjacket are ruffled. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 319 pages. A very clean secondhand copy, with no damage apart from age toning of the page edges.. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Travel & Places; ISBN: 038540817X. ISBN/EAN: 9780385408172. Inventory No: 0271498. Very Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0271498
Bookseller: Syber's Books  
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