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NEITHER HERE NOR THERE (original 1992; edition 1992)

by BRYSON

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Title:NEITHER HERE NOR THERE
Authors:BRYSON
Info:MINERVA (1992), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 272 pages
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Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson (1992)

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This is an interesting travelogue, with Bryson retracing the journey he had made about 15 years prior with a friend of his. This time, he goes solo.

As travelogues go, this is entertaining, chuck full of humorous anecdotes, and some useful information. After a while, though, you get the feeling that Bryson is something of a curmudgeon, seeing some of the bad in most things, and quick to anticipate misfortune. This might be a useful way to go about life - if you anticipate the bad, when good happens (even a little good) you appreciate it all the more. But it's an unfortunate way to write something that should be pleasant.

Part of the real problem here is that Bryson takes a whirlwind tour of Europe in a couple of weeks - France, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey. The only time he flew during the trip (apparently) was from Norway to Italy. Everything else is by train or bus. By the time he gets to his final destination he is clearly tired, worn out, unhappy, and certainly in no frame of mind to deal with the apparent confusion that is Istanbul.

Bryson can be a very entertaining writer - he should learn to take it easy when travelling. You can't enjoy yourself if you're spending half your time in train stations queueing up to buy tickets. From people who don't (or won't) speak English. ( )
  jpporter | Apr 16, 2016 |
I liked it, but it got old. By the time he got to Bulgaria I was wishing he would cut it short and go home. ( )
  ChrisNewton | Mar 18, 2016 |
Fun and interesting look at Europe. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Fun and interesting look at Europe. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
I loved aloud continually.. great travelogue and very human experiences. ( )
  MarkPSadler | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Bryson, Billprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cosimini, SilviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holzförster, ClaudiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McShane, MikeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mehren, HegeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"William James describes a man who got the experience from laughing-gas; whenever he was under its influence, he knew the secret of the universe, but when he came to, he had forgotten it. At last, with immense effort, he wrote down the secret before the vision had faded. When completely recovered, he rushed to see what he had written. It was 'A smell of petroleum prevails throughout.'" [Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy]
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In winter Hammerfest is a thirty-hour ride by bus from Oslo, though why anyone would want to go there in winter is a question worth considering.
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Like many of his generation, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe in the early seventies -- in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. Twenty years later he decided to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth. The result is Neither Here Nor There, an affectionate and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul, with stops along the way in Europe's most diverting and historic locales. Like many of his generation, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe in the early seventies--in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. Twenty years later he decided to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth. The result is Neither Here Nor There, an affectionate and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul, with stops along the way in Europe's most diverting and historic locales.

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Bill Bryon backpacks across Europe, retracing the same steps he took 30 years earlier.

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