Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe (Bryson)

September 13, 2019 - Comment

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

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

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Anonymous says:

Not one of Bryson’s best… I bought this book having split my sides through most of Bryson’s two renowned books on travel in the UK. I can hardly believe this is from the same author. Although the trademark narrative is still present, this book is repetitive and seems to have rapidly dated itself. I was shocked at the frequent mysogony Bryson invokes to describe women throughout his travels, and the occasional casual xenophobic descriptions of other peoples and cultures. This may be ‘of the time’ but I don’t recall…

Anonymous says:

Bill Bryson “does” Europe, mostly by means of public transport and his feet. This is my third book by Bill Bryson and just as entertaining as the other two. Bryson is a seriously intrepid traveller who just loves to find and explore new places, all of which attract comments on his observations that are entirely based on what he sees and hears and his honest reactions. Sometimes they are caustic, sometimes loving, and always with a touch of humour that brings every page alive and captivating. I have also traveled extensively in Europe and elsewhere and have worked in…

Anonymous says:

Entertaining I have decided to replace my original copies of these wonderful books which have been loaned and not returned or have seen better days. I enjoy dipping into Bill Bryson’s travel books on a regular basis as they are so entertaining and even make me laugh out loud, so are definitely not despatched to the charity shop after reading.

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