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Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe

[PDF] Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe | by ☆ Bill Bryson [PDF] Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe | by ☆ Bill Bryson - Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe, Neither Here Nor There Travels in Europe Bill Bryson s first travel book The Lost Continent was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years In Neither here Nor there he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as

  • Title: Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe
  • Author: Bill Bryson
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  • Page: 209
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[PDF] Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe | by ☆ Bill Bryson, Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe, Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There Travels in Europe Bill Bryson s first travel book The Lost Continent was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years In Neither here Nor there he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack keeps a tight hold on his wallet and journeys from Hamemrfest the northernmost town on the continent to istanbul on the cusp o

Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe

[PDF] Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe | by ☆ Bill Bryson [PDF] Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe | by ☆ Bill Bryson - Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe, Neither Here Nor There Travels in Europe Bill Bryson s first travel book The Lost Continent was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years In Neither here Nor there he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe

  • [PDF] Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe | by ☆ Bill Bryson
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Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe

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  1. Bryson at his worst He is the whining American tourist he claims to detest Meandering through a dozen or so european countries, he manages to complain about virtually every hotel accomodation And for christ sake Bill, put a freakin map in your book I m not totally ignorant when it comes to european geography but if youre gonna write about travelling hundreds of miles every other day, i d like to glance at the route with out having to bust out my world atlas.After Shorthistoryof nearly everything [...]


  2. I m a fan of Bill Bryson.I m not a fan of the complaining, whingeing, swilling pleb who wrote this travel book No, this is too harsh But I do feel a little ripped off only because I know how interesting a Bill Bryson book can be There s no history in this book, there s no culture, there is very little interesting stories Here is what it felt like So I got off the train at Hergenbootensberg and it was raining Why does it always rain when I travel The place was a dirty shithole and no one spoke En [...]


  3. This book hits the sweet spot Bill Bryson travels around Europe, entertaining us with his humor and thoughtful observations, and also sharing memories of a similar trip he took in the 1970s with his bumbling friend, Stephen Katz.Ah, poor Stephen If you have read Bryson s book A Walk in the Woods, which is about hiking the Appalachian Trail, you will remember Mr Katz as the comic foil, the ridiculously overweight guy who complained a lot and who threw away critical supplies because they were too [...]


  4. Three and a half stars rounded up.It s never a good idea to read Bill Bryson on public transportation Stifling belly laughs can be painful and the resulting noise sounds like something between strangling an aardvark and air rapidly escaping from a balloon.The benefits Fellow commuters won t look you in the eye and go out of their way to avoid you, so I practically have the whole train car to myself.This is one of Bryson s earlier books, so it s long on humor, random observations and anecdotes, a [...]


  5. I had a rather curious experience while reading this book Because I ll be in Europe shortly, and I ve been on a Bryson binge anyway, I downloaded the audiobook onto my phone and began listening I took a walk and was merrily following along, until, at about one third of the way through, a thought flashed through my mind This book sucks I was taken by surprise, because up until then I thought I d been enjoying it But the further I read, the my judgment was justified I m sorry to say this, Bill, b [...]


  6. Bryson writes hysterical travel books In this one he sets out to re create a backpacking trip of Europe he made during the seventies when he was twenty His descriptions of people and places will have you falling out of your chair The beer he is offered in Belgium, for example, defies his palate He just can t associate the taste with any previous experience, but finally decides it puts him in mind of a very large urine sample, possibly from a circus animal He should have stuck with Coca Cola, nic [...]


  7. Huh Turns out Bryson is a dirty ol bugger This travel across Europe journal is fun, educational and entertaining I love travel and I like learning about far off places Europe has been done and overdone, yet I still find it fascinating Bryson s recollections are from when he wrote the book in the 90s as well as from a previous trip he and his friend Katz took Regardless of when the reminisces come from, details ring true from the experiences I ve had of the same places, such Paris and parts of It [...]


  8. This book was highly entertaining at times, I can t say it wasn t In fact, it was highly entertaining most of the time However, I can t say I learned hardly anything about any of the places Bill Bryson visited He reserves most of his commentary for how far he walked to get to a train station, how fast or slow the train rides were, and how cornflake sized bugars feel in his nose while on those train ridesI hate to bash authorsat s not what I m trying to do here I am simply trying to say Bryson s [...]


  9. The reason I read this book is because there have been some excellent extracts from it in the course books I teach from Unfortunately I think those extracts were actually the best bits I certainly learnt nothing new from reading the entire book.Bryson is funny, but after a while he comes across as whiny and just a touch xenophobic I ve never quite understood the point of travelling and then asking for something that would pass for food in America to eat.Further, the chapter structure became a li [...]


  10. Why bother to actually travel when you can just regurgitate stereotypes that have been passed around since man invented borders Honest to God, he really complains about haughty Parisian waiters I didn t find anything in this book of essays to be even remotely insightful and I don t ever find Bryson to be funny Most of what I have read by him is just a collection of his gripes against the rest of humanity I have never read any of his travel stuff where he actually meets an interesting person who [...]


  11. I am a fan of Bill Bryson s Like so many of his other books, this book did not disappoint me Occasionally his humor is a bit over the top, but I love it anyway When Bill Bryson was in college he toured Europe with his friend Stephen Katz In this book, Bryson is much older, married with kids, and follows in basically the same footsteps, in a sense trying to recreate his earlier tour He is alone this time, going from Scandinavia to Turkey, mostly by train and bus.Bryson makes the trip in order re [...]


  12. In this book travel writer Bill Bryson wrote about a whirlwind trip through Europe that seemed designed solely to give him something to write about rather than a journey he actually wanted to take I didn t take notes so Bryson s stops in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Lichtenstein, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Austria, Italy, etc blended together into a continuous blur of traveling, finding hotels, walking around, looking at things, eating, drinking, and so on I could hardly distinguish one city from another [...]


  13. Notes from a Small Island and Neither Here nor There are Bill Bryson s early travelogues concerning his journeys through Britain and other European countries respectively.Both of these books are the strongest and the funniest of Bryson s earliest work and undoubtedly established his reputation at that time as a travel writer and commentator of repute, producing engaging and very entertaining travelogues Now very much the Anglo American having lived at times in the UK and now holding dual UK US n [...]


  14. I m not sure I m going to finish this book because I m only on page 41 and I can barely focus on the words because I m overwhelmed by the desire to to punch him very, very hard I was trying to let some other ignorant comments go but then the chapter on Paris began He goes on about how lights in French hotels are on a timer causing people to grope around in the dark if they do not find their room quickly enough And from this I learned one very important lesson The French do not like us On my firs [...]


  15. Amusing enough, along the lines of The Innocents Abroad or, The New Pilgrims Progress, but of course Mark Twain s version is far amusing Some funny observations about various places and people throughout Europe, many of which, nay, most of which he did not like or enjoy Tries too hard for the laugh Stick with the original


  16. I find Bryson a very skilful author, easy to read, enjoyable while it lasts and then completely forgettable It is the the snack you can read between books and not spoil your appetite All I can definitely remember from this one is the pick up line his sidekick used in pubs and clubs view spoiler he invited young women to assist him in moving his seminal fluid a short distance in or less those words, at least, that is how Bryson reports it hide spoiler It is an OK, middle of the road, Bryson effo [...]


  17. Hugely funny not snigger snigger funny, but great big belly laugh till you cry funny Daily Telegraph.Hmmm I think that review is a trifle misleading falsehood Sure, some parts were funny, but it wasn t the sort to make your belly hurt and make you cry I can sum up the book with this Mr Bryson goes from one country to another and 1 Finds himself a hotel Always expensive So he ends up complaining 2 Finds a restaurant bar Finds it expensive and or food is terrible So he ends up complaining 3 Walks [...]


  18. Overall I enjoyed reading this travel memoir Mr Bryson is witty and at times I was laughing so hard I had a hard time breathing BUT, I found his repeated racial slurs annoying, then tiresome, then as they continued I was offended and somewhat disgusted He goes a bit too far about Germans joking that he could recognize them by their jackboots He loves to paint an entire country s population with the same brush He says a couple of times that he thinks the Italians shouldn t have been told about th [...]



  19. Bill Bryson is, without a doubt, one of my favorites His writing simply flows off the page The Daily Telegraph summed this book up perfectly Hugely funny not snigger snigger funny but great big belly laugh till you cry funny Yes, this is what I experienced also There were a few parts where I honestly could not stop laughing for the life of me and felt pain in my stomach and had tears rolling down my cheeks Here s one example of his visit to Istanbul, The one truly unbearable thing in the city is [...]


  20. Neither Here, Nor There made me laugh out loud during a time I needed it the most, so thank you Mr Bryson I had previously only read one Bill Bryson book Down Under, while in school My only recollection of that was Bryson s ability to describe Australians perfectly and I got an A on the related essay.In Neither Here, Nor There, Bryson loosely retraces his journey across Europe from years earlier, beginning up in Norway and finishing down in Istanbul Ever since watching the film adaptation of his [...]


  21. I was aimlessly wandering through Europe which is probably the ideal situation to be in in order to maximize your enjoyment of this book and, reading at the same snail s pace as my traveling, I shamelessly burst out laughing in trains, parks, coffee shops and even large museums Bryson is hilarious no question about it , he travels the best way possible solo and he s always cheerful as a summer morning yes, even when he complains about stuff, it s all in good humor I can t help but imagine people [...]


  22. You know the canonical essay question, If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be My answer is Bill Bryson He s a treasure I d love to watch him write I imagine him tugging scraps of paper from him pockets, pawing through notes, scribbling a few sentences through the haze of pipe smoke, and chuckling a bit before pulling out notes He s hilarious He commands the English language like Pele commands a soccer ball, etching metaphors that resonate and wonder why you didn t think of it firs [...]


  23. This book is terrible I listened to it on CD, and the writing was so predictable that I found myself completing each sentence before it was spoken That was, in fact, the only way I managed to keep my attention on the book rather than contemplating the fascinating landscape of Indiana visible out my window But the book wasn t just boring, it was also embarrassingly bad I was a huge Bill Bryson fan in high school I decided to hike the Appalachian Trial after reading A Walk in the Woods But I think [...]


  24. I simply cannot read this book anywhere in public, because I just collapse with laughing, and people stare You really have to enjoy Bryson s snarky sense of humor to get him otherwise I could see how he would strike some people as whiny When he loves a place, he really loves it, but if there is something to be exasperated about, he will let you know I enjoy this as much as Mark Twain s The Innocents Abroad, for the same kind of snarky humor.



  25. Bryson is one of the funniest travel writers around, and this book is no exception, even if it s a little dated Revisiting the places he first explored as a young backpacker, Bryson travels the European continent this time with a decidedly adult approach Plenty of laugh out loud moments are sprinkled throughout this book If you are anything like me, Bryson s stories will have you thinking it s about time to drag out that suitcase again for your own European adventure.


  26. Bill Bryson is amazing He captures the essence of the peculiarities of travel of people in general I read this before going to London also read Noted from a Small Island about England which was also excellent If you ve traveled or want to travel, it s a great little book full of entertaining short stories I read part of the Belgium chapter to my grandmother she s from Antwerp and she nearly went off her rocker No really, she almost fell off her chair laughing o I recommend.


  27. Neither Here Nor There,, my second Bryson book the other one was similar but focused on traveling through the US , reads smoothly and seems like a pretty good place for potential Bryson fans to start Bryson is kind of like your uncle if your uncle was Chuck Klosterman in 2040 and very concerned about beer and hotels and people cutting in front of him in line This book, the story of Bryson retracing the path of one of his college trips through Europe, has its high points Bryson is at his best whe [...]


  28. If you ve never read any of Bill Bryson s travel books, you should This is the third one I ve read, and, like the other two Notes from a Small Island and I m a Stranger Here Myself I found it hysterically funny, entertaining, and enlightening Although the book was written in 2001, my guess is that what Bryson captured in terms of the feel of each place he visited in Europe is probably still accurate His descriptions are so vivid the sights, the sounds, the people, the trains, the hotels some fle [...]


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