Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson

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Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe Read Online Free - 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 Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before.

Whether braving the homicidal motorist of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant, window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.

Title : Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
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ISBN : 0380713802
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 254 pages


Markus rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 14, 2007

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 eu...

Brendon rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 02, 2015

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 ver...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

October 22, 2014

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 Wood...

Jeff rated it ★★★★☆

June 19, 2015

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 loo...

Roy rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 16, 2016

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 though...

Eric_W rated it ★★★★★

March 18, 2009

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 palat...

Jason rated it ★★★☆☆

November 10, 2016

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...

Lindsay rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 15, 2007

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,...

Jessica rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 18, 2007

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 acro...

Leftbanker rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 03, 2016

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 Br...

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