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Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe (original 1992; edition 1998)

by Bill Bryson

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Title:Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
Authors:Bill Bryson
Info:Black Swan (1998), Paperback, 304 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:comedy, travel

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Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson (1992)

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For a book about a road trip in the 2016 Reading Challenge, I chose a road trip in Europe.
Synopsis: Bill travels around Europe recreating a trip he took in his early 20s. He writes about his experiences and reminisces about his earlier trip.
Review: This was in interesting book to read since I'd been to many of the places he visited. The book was fun in that the author related some highly entertaining events while commenting on the culture of a particular country. Even though it's a bit dated, it's got good information about traveling in Europe. ( )
  DrLed | Jun 11, 2016 |
I generally don't rate books unless I finish them, but after reading other reviews I do believe I got far enough in to be able to judge this. Here's Bryson wittily whining again - sharing little bits of interesting insights into bits of Europe amongst lots of boring stuff about him and his inability to admit he'd have a lot less to whine about if he planned ahead just a little bit. A line of Americans for the Louvre!? Really?! Who'd've thunk!! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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 |
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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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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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