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Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe [Kindle Edition]

Bill Bryson
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From Publishers Weekly

After 20 years as a London-based reporter, American journalist Bryson ( The Mother Tongue ) set out to retrace a youthful European backpacking trip, from arctic Norway's northern lights to romantic Capri and the "collective delirium" of Istanbul. Descriptions of historic and artistic sights in the Continent's capitals are cursory; Bryson prefers lesser-known locales, whose peculiar flavor he skillfully conveys in anecdotes that don't scant the seamy side and often portray eccentric characters encountered during untoward adventures of the road. He enlivens the narrative with keen, sometimes acerbic observations of national quirks like the timed light switches in French hallways, but tends to strive too hard for comic effects, some in dubious taste. He also joins other travelers in deploring the growing hordes of peddlers who overrun major tourist meccas.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Having groused his way across America in The Lost Continent (1989), Bryson (The Mother Tongue, 1990) now turns his attention to Europe. If it is any consolation to Americans, Bryson, an ex- midwesterner who has lived in England for the past 15 years, finds almost nothing to praise between the Arctic Circle and the Bosporus. Bryson's crankiness could have proved amusing--after all, Mark Twain's did in Innocents Abroad--but the humor here is meanspirited and juvenile (in Copenhagen, a hung-over Bryson notes that ``I needed coffee the way Dan Quayle needs help with an I.Q. test''), with defecation, flatulence, and eructation far too often figuring into the comic repertoire. Nor do original insights abound as Bryson retraces the steps of a journey he took two decades before, traveling from Norway to Istanbul, stopping at many of Europe's capitals (Paris, Brussels, Stockholm, Rome, etc.) along the way. He offers such comments as: ``Parisians are rude,'' ``Swedes are heavy drinkers,'' and ``the Swiss are dull and conventional.'' Consistency is not Bryson's strong suit either. While in Naples, for instance, he complains, ``I found...mean, cavernous, semipaved alleyways with...washing hung like banners between balconies that never saw sunlight.'' Yet when he reaches modern and manicured Milan, he pines, ``I wanted pandemonium and street life...washing hanging across the streets.'' Meanwhile, lines like ``let's be frank, the Italians' technological contribution to humankind stopped with the pizza oven'' are also no help. Smart-alecky and obvious, with the wit of Bryson's first two books curdled into waspishness. (Maps.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Transworld Digital; Auflage: New Ed (2. März 2010)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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Der US-Amerikaner Bill Bryson wurde 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa, geboren. Als Rucksacktourist lernte er 1973 in England seine zukünftige Frau kennen und entschied sich zu bleiben. Zunächst schrieb er für die englischen Zeitungen "The Times" und "The Independent" und besserte mit Reiseberichten sein Einkommen auf. Mit einem Buch über die englische Insel, "Reif für die Insel", gelang Bryson 2003 der Durchbruch. Seither verfasste er viel beachtete Reiseliteratur, u. a. über eine Fahrt mit dem Chevy seiner Mutter durch amerikanische Kleinstädte, Reisen in Europa, Afrika oder Australien bis hin zu "The Road Less Travelled" mit 1.000 alternativen Reiseempfehlungen fernab ausgetretener Touristenpfade. Von North Yorkshire zog Bryson 1995 mit seiner Frau und den vier Kindern in die USA nach New Hampshire, bis die Familie 2003 nach England zurückkehrte.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Superficial... 15. August 2005
Von Ein Kunde
... would be the perfect word to describe Neither Here Nor There. After having read A Short History of Nearly Everything, I had high expectations and was very disappointed. I think everybody has their right to share their own opinion about anything, but does a more or less famous author have to be so shortsighted and full of clichees just for the sake of a cheap joke? (though I must admit, sometimes I could not keep from laughing either...) Or does he really believe in all the clichees he writes about? Some of the many things I couldn't quite follow: How could you cry about a $2 entrance fee for a museum and pay some $100 for a hotel room without any further comment? How can one be proud of not knowing anything at all about a country's language or culture (except that one has - seemingly single-handedly - saved it in WWII)? As far as he describes how badly he had been treated as a tourist - In my opinion, he had been treated just as he had deserved to be treated.
I have been to many countries mentioned in the book and almost always had a better time. Summary: If you want a cheap laugh - and not much else - recommendable. If not, not.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Boring!!! 20. Juni 2005
Von kwauzi
After reading "Notes from a Big Country",(probably one of the funniest books I've ever read - a must-read for any European who has travelled the US!), I was ecstatic, ready to get my hands on anything Bryson has ever written.
But what a letdown this one was!
It started out okay, I had a few laughs in the beginning, but in the course of his journey, he seems to be getting tired, and, boy,does it show! Just a long list of checking in and out of hotels in different European cities, eating at mediocre restaurants with unfriendly waiters, you hardly learn anything about the places he went to, or the people (well, neither did he apparently...)
Every now and then he leaves the plot to tell some anecdote, that's when his usual humour shows up again, but just for that, you don't have to read the whole book.
And what's that personal revenge thing, he's got going with the Germans and Austrians, and the dark episode in our history!? Yes, it was terrible, and shall never be forgotten, but cool it, man!!
Well, he lives in England, that might explain some of it;-)
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Dumb, dumber - the dumbest! 9. März 2006
This book helps to justify the European prejudice of the dumb and uninformed average American! BB travels through Europe but only to see proof of his many prejudices, mainly of the Germans. As a German reader, I must admit, I could not laugh! And I do not understand why some German publisher would even make the effort of translating and publishing the book for the German market.
Here are some examples of BB's cliches:
Aachen: "In the evening I went looking for a restaurant. This is often a problem in Germany. For one thing, there's a good chance that there will be three guys in lederhosen playing polka music, so you have to look carefully through the windows and question the proprietor closely to make sure that Willi and the Bavarian Boys won't suddenly bound onto a little stage at half-past eight, because there is nothting worse than being just about to tuck into your dinner, a good book propped in front of you, and finding yourself surrounded by ruddy-faced Germans waving beer steins and singing the 'Horst-Wessel-Lied' for all they're worth."
This is so bad! It is just ridiculous to write about it! Everything from Willi and the Bavarian Boys to the polka and the Horst-Wessel-Lied. BB has watched too many American and English movies full of German Nazis and mixed up fact and fiction.
One sentence later: "I went up to six or eight places and studied the menus by the door but they were all full of foods with ominous Germanic names - Schweinensnout mit Spittle und Grit, Ramsintestines und Oder Grosser Stuff, that sort of thing."
Excuse me, Mr. Bryson, but what is that supposed to mean? It certainly isn't German! I don't know if it sounds Germanic, but it does not appear on a German menu.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Waste of time and money 18. September 2000
Unfortunately this book is not funny. It is not even entertaining. And it is not a travel book at all. It is a contribution to intolerance and prejudice.
I wonder how can be one so superficial, narrow-minded and intolerant! Bill Bryson should think about the difference between a traveller and a tourist. Why do people travel? Probably because they want to experience new cultures and the best way to do it is doing it in an open-minded and sensitive way.
But BB did not. He seemed to hunt for negative things only in the most prejudicing way. And he was on a hunt through Europe! Travelling is about SPENDING TIME instead of rushing from one place to another. Travelling is also about TALKING TO PEOPLE instead of reading books in restaurants and other places.
I hope that Americans visiting Europe are not biased by this intolerant point of view and hopefully enjoy the diversity of Europe.
I also hope that BB stays at home in the future instead of throwing 'Travel books' on the market (isn't there a recent one about Australia - well-timed to the Olympics?)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant
Bill Bryson has a very unusual style of writing - style that is brilliant. I love all of his books.
Vor 2 Monaten von Amazon Customer veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Eines von vielen guten Büchern von Bill Bryson...
... aber nicht sein bestes. Ich weiß nicht so recht was genau ihm im Gegensatz zu Brysons noch besseren Büchern -- At Home oder One Summer 1927 beispielsweise -- fehlt,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 3 Monaten von Jens B. veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Insulting cliches and platitudes
I have all books of Bill Bryson and just love his humor and style. Having been forewarned of his hostility against Germans in general I had hesitated until now to buy this last... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 3 Monaten von Celisar veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen The title says it all
I'm a big Bill Bryson fan and I must have read about 8 books of him. This book was a disappointment. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 12 Monaten von Thomas Engels veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Vergeudete Zeit
Mich hat Bill Bryson's "Neither here, nor there" enttäuscht. Nachdem ich "Eine kurze Geschichte von fast Allem" sehr unterhaltsam fand, habe ich mir seine Reiseerzählung... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 22 Monaten von waltscher veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Bill Bryson struggling through Europe
This is my second book of Bill Bryson and after "A Short History Of Nearly Anything" this one is quite different as it doesn't deal with the whole world but just small little... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Juli 2012 von geozone
5.0 von 5 Sternen Witzig und interessant
Mit unverwechselbarem Humor, interessanten Details über die bereisten Gegenden und autobiografisch. So schreibt Bill Bryson. Und es ist jedes Mal ein Genuss.
Veröffentlicht am 6. Oktober 2009 von Patricia Mann
1.0 von 5 Sternen Not quite what I had expected - so bad....
I read "A walk in the woods" before and really enjoyed Bryson's book on travels along a hike in the USA. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Januar 2008 von Peter Berlin
1.0 von 5 Sternen This book did not age well
Unfortunately the book is such a collection of old stereotypes, which makes me wonder whether Bill actually visited the countries he describes. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2007 von Erich Habich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht DER Volltreffer, aber doch ganz in Ordnung!!!!
Neither here nor there ist definitiv nicht Bryson's bestes Werk, besitzt es doch an mehreren Stellen klischeehafte, teilweise überzogene Darstellungen "der... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. November 2003 von Simsonite
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