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Neither Here nor There 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 sp 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 English at all I went to a travel desk and complained to them and th 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 sucksI was taken by surprise, because up until then I thought I d been enjoying it But the further I read, themy judgment was justified I m sorry to say this 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 sucksI was taken by surprise, because up until then I thought I d been enjoying it But the further I read, themy judgment was justified I m sorry to say this, Bill, but this book is not very good.To put it briefly, Bryson comes across as extremely immature in this book, both as a writer and as a person He tries hard to be funny, but too often ends up making jokes about cultural stereotypes Italians are bad drivers, the French are rude, and so on or simply engaging in hyperbolic descriptions of extremely ordinary events, whi 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 t 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 supp 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, 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 ca 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 part Huh 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 Col 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 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 authorsthat s not what I m trying to do here I am simply trying to s 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 authorsthat s not what I m trying to do here I am simply trying to say Bryson s book was not what I was expecting and did not give 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. 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 The reason I read this book is because there have been some excellent extracts from it in the course books I teach from Unfortu 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 Why bother to actually travel when you can just regurgitate stereotypes that have been passed around since man


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