The Lost Continent

The Lost Continent

By Bill Bryson

  • Release Date : 2010-03-02
  • Genre : Travel Writing
  • FIle Size : 2.10 MB
Score: 4.0
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The Lost Continent ‘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. 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.


  • Oh lord, pass the crack-pipe

    By Mouthful of rotting crockery
    Who needs opium when you've got this yawn-tastic tour of the most boring places in a very, very boring country. And i actually like Bill Bryson.
  • Return to mr B

    By Hillsofwales
    How lovely to re-read this book! I have read nearly all of his books and enjoyed them all!!!!