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Another laugh-out-loud travel book from Bill Bryson. This one has him travelling through Europe around 1989/90. While I loved his humour, and enjoyed his travel commentary, perhaps the most striking ... Read full review

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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 had high expectations of Bill Bryson. I was expecting a witty and intelligent commentary loaded with depth, philosophy, and style. I was disappointed.
Although brief moments stood out in this
book, I don't find him to be an intriguing person. He's a homebody from Iowa that seems to only enjoy himself when he is comfortable, when things are simple, and when there's CNN in every hotel room he goes to.
Most frustratingly, his broad generalizations of places and people in Europe based on a couple bad experiences lack any objectivity that an otherwise intelligent person might have. Everything sucked or everything was awesome.
His flashbacks to his time traveling with Katz were the fun parts, because they seemed the most real to me. But his traveling as a mature adult seemed to cater to a lowest common denominator of broad pop culture intelligence, reinforcing xenophobic stereotypes that the average American has of Europeans, most of which were dead wrong, but probably sell a lot of books.
 

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