Bill Bryson is an American author and travels around world often. He wrote ‘Down under’ when he went around in Australia, a place down under in the world map. Here are some notes from the gread group.
Some members didn’t like the book and gave up. Some didn’t get in at the beginning and thought the author was critical and sarcastic. But the more into it, more liked it. At the end, it was so enjoyable and felt the book was very well written and humorous.
Some felt it was great to have an outsider to see Australia but not the thing we usually see by our own. Certain things we didn’t see or realise but from an outsider we know ourselves better.
Some members enjoyed the reading and thought the book tell the harsh of outback, the historical facts. Some thought the book was very descriptive and informative. The book provides some very interesting points about Australia, such as the story of a disappearing prime minister Harold Holt in 1966.
A member Rose, wrote a poem about the book
Bill Bryson’s ‘Down under’ is a book
Taht deserves a long look
Full of historical facts about our amazing land
Other countries can’t begin to understand
Where unusual animals live
The outback, harsh at times: with so much to give
It tells of his adventurous journeys through
Seeing magnificent vies
From the time when Captain James Cook came
Discovery being his aim
Aborigines met him on the shore
The landing party, from a distant place
‘The Endeavour’ bore
A surprising country with diversity;
A certain caring spirit, everywhere
A great travel experience to enjoy and share