Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe

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Compass Press, 2000 - Humor - 352 pages
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Anyone who has been to Europe -- or just dreamed of going -- will be engaged by the blend of awe and bewilderment that Bill Bryson brings to this uproariously funny memoir of a trip around the Continent. Deciding to get a jump on a budding midlife crisis, he loads a bag with maps and old clothes and sets off to retrace the journey he took as a young backpacker in the 1970s.

Interweaving his comic misadventures from the first trip with the razor-sharp insights of his older self, Bryson wanders through Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Rome, Geneva, Vienna, and other great cities of Europe. With affection and wit he explains why the French are constitutionally incapable of "queuing", why Yugoslavian beer encourages your legs to "go in for a little involuntary moonwalking", and asks: Why didn't the armistice treaty require the Germans to lay down their accordions along with their arms?

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Extremely funny. More travelogue than A Walk in the Woods - but I find Bryson's writing style and storytelling rather addictive.

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I am a fan of Bill Bryson's. Like so many of his other books, this book did not disappoint me. Occasionally his humor is a bit over-the-top, but I love it anyway! When Bill Bryson was in college he ... Read full review

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Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of At Home, A Walk in the Woods, The Lost Continent, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, winner of the Aventis Prize. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson lives in England with his wife and children.

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