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am 31. Juli 2000
Yes, this is a funny book. Bill Bryson is funny, but his editors give him too much leeway. If you want to write about small town America then get off the Interstate Highways! And when you do get off the highway do not be surprised if staying in a motel with a superior attitude does not cause each town to open its secrets to you and invite you in. Fact of the matter is, the reason he comes across so many surly people in his travels in America or England is probably because most everyone he meets doesn't like him. It was with amazement that I read his "revelations" about how the interstate highways are all the same. Well, duuuh! I think with even the smallest foresight one would realize this and a good editor very quickly would say "Uh Bill, can you get off I95 sometime?" part way through his trip. If you want a true travel story about a funny guy travelling through small town America, read "Out West" by Dayton Duncan - small town America is still out there.