Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
you learn something new every day
am 5. Juni 2000
Maybe it's because I've had to really analyse this book, or maybe it's because I've heard all the gags before, but I find this book to be a boring waste of paper. There are people out there who love this book, a small number of fellow students loved this book from start to finish, unfortunately, most others didn't. The jokes in this book have all been heard before, although some have been spruced up before being sent out to paperback hell (more commonly known as a critic's desk).
But this book isn't all bad, I would be the first to admit that there were some (rare) occasions when this book brought a smile to my face, such as the "big, blue condom" joke. But the jokes are only funny once, and Mr Bryson has an annoying habit of reminding the reader that he cracked a joke a few pages ago by repeating the gag again.
Also, this book seems to have so much depth you could swim in it. Every time I read through this book, I find something new that I didn't notice before. If you like discovering new bits every time you go through, this is the book for you.
This type of book is one that will try to appeal to everybody, but unfortunately it only caters for a niche market (namely the people that haven't been criticised, and there are very few of them). By all means try this book, but don't be disappoonted if this book doesn't do it for you. A worthy borrow, but don't waste your money buying it.