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Read online Bill Bryson's African Diary.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Bill Bryson's African Diary In the early fall of famed travel Writer Bill Bryson journeyed to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International the charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world He arrived with a set of mental images of Africa gleaned from television broadcasts of low budget Jungle Jim movies in his Iowa childhood and a single viewing of the film version of Out of Africa Also with some worries about tropical diseases insects and large predators But the vibrant reality of Kenya and its people took over the second he deplaned in Nairobi and this diary records Bill Bryson s impresssions of his trip with his inimitable trademark style of wry observation and curious insight From the wrenching poverty of the Kibera slum in Nairobi to the meticulously manicured grounds of the Karen Blixen house and the human fossil riches of the National Museum Bryson registers the striking contrasts of a postcolonial society in transition He visits the astoundingly vast Great Rift Valley undergoes the rigors of a teeth rattling train journey to Mombasa and a hair whitening flight through a vicious storm and visits the refugee camps and the agricultural and economic projects where dedicated CARE professionals wage noble and dogged war against poverty dislocation and corruption by Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson's African Diary
Title:Bill Bryson's African Diary
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Number of Pages:55
Category:Travel, Non fiction, Africa, Memoir, Humor
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I come from Des Moines Somebody had to br br 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 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 Travelling around thirty eight of the lower states united only in their mind numbingly dreary uniformity 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 br br 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, In Bryson s biggest book he confronts his greatest challenge to understand and if possible answer the oldest biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us To that end he has attached himself to a host of the world s most advanced and often obsessed archaeologists anthropologists and mathematicians travelling to their offices laboratories and field camps He has read or tried to read their books pestered them with questions apprenticed himself to their powerful minds b A Short History of Nearly Everything b i i is the record of this quest and it is a sometimes profound sometimes funny and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge as only Bill Bryson can render it Science has never been more involving or entertaining, b Suddenly in the space of a moment I realized what it was that I loved about Britain which is to say all of it b br br After nearly two decades spent on British soil Bill Bryson bestselling author of i The Mother Tongue i and i Made in America i decided to return to the United States I had recently read Bryson writes that million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another so it was clear that my people needed me But before departing he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home br br Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again i Notes from a Small Island i is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings Shakespeare Twiggie Winkie s Farm and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile, After living in Britain for two decades Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children he had read somewhere that nearly million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens as he later put it it was clear my people needed me They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes twenty four hour dental floss hotlines and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item br br Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark I m a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man s attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away