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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User Review  - AmberMcWilliams - LibraryThing

A pleasure - Bryson's apt observations and low-key humour are such fun to read, and it's great to get his perspective on places in Europe that we have been - and others we haven't. Read full review

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User Review  - tandah - LibraryThing

No indication in this whingeing, whiney, sweary mess of tired stereotypes that the author would go on to be a fabulous, amusing and clever travel writer. Read full review



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Bill Bryson's bestselling books include One Summer, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home, A Walk in the Woods, Neither Here nor There, Made in America, and The Mother Tongue. He lives in England with his wife.

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