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Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe (1991 original; edició 1998)

de Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson's first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before. Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant or window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.… (més)
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Títol:Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe
Autors:Bill Bryson
Informació:Black Swan (1998), Paperback, 304 pages
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Started this book awhile ago but never finished it. Restarted it this past week and was amused to find that the first 3rd of the book covered almost the exact route we took last year to Europe. Made the imagery more vivid being able to visualize the places talked about. Also was interesting to note changes that have happened in Europe since this was written in 1991.
Yugoslavia anyone?? Amusing stories, fun read even when I completely disagreed with his assessment of a city. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
As a lover of the diversities of European culture and a bemused observer of American attempts at culture I thoroughly enjoyed Bryson’s honest, though sometimes tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating wander through the other planet which Europe must seem to Americans. In fact I virtually laughed my way through it. ( )
  letocq | Feb 6, 2021 |
I was afraid that some of the shine was coming off of Bryson's travelogues but this one is really charming and, years after its publication, serves as a kind of intriguing historical footnote as he gets into the former Communist states. Also, it's very funny. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
This book was hilarious and I just loved it. It made me laugh out loud, which is a rare occurrence when I'm reading. The essays really worked well as a narrative and he references earlier moments in the book so it felt like a memoir of one trip rather than a series of vignettes patched together. Bryson has a great knack for finding the humor in mundane situations and really bringing his surroundings alive. It also made me want to travel to some countries I'd never contemplated before. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
The term "travel writer" spans a wide range of styles. Bryson's style is to use a quiet and effective humor, and he has a propensity for wandering around rather than following strict itineraries.

In this volume Bryson wanders around Europe. His adventures take place in the early 1990s, but he spends much time looking back at an earlier, very different visit, in the 1970s. In that earlier time he was joined by a friend. Bryson makes it clear that the two are not so much on speaking terms any more, and the trip may well have played a part in that. The later trip he takes alone.

Bryson says he prefers to travel alone. He likes to get out and explore on the spur of the moment, to make plans and then change them, and to have his experiences all to himself. I completely understand. I too prefer to travel alone. I think I see more and focus better when I am alone, and I feel free to wander off the path at will. I can relate to Bryson's way. In fact, I am a little envious of his ability to make these trips, clearly paid for by the books he writes about them.

Bryson starts out in the very far north. He wants to see the Northern Lights as they can only be seen in the snow-covered universe of Hammerfest, Norway. The trek north is adventure enough, the kind of bus ride that you survive only by remembering that later you can write all about it. The town is cold and dark - but friendly! Bryson feels a bit of a thaw when meeting people there, but after he succeeds in seeing the Northern Lights he does hop on the nearest train to continue his journey.

Off to Oslo, Paris, Brussels, Belgium, several cities in Germany, The Netherlands, more of Norway, on to Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Yugoslavia, and lastly Turkey. In each city he makes his way to coffee, sits and watches, gets up and wanders many miles on foot. At one point he had to ascend a long steep hill to get to the city, fortunately aided by steps. Many steps. I'm thinking he was in good training for later work - walking in the woods, hitting the Appalachian trail, and so on.

We learn odd things about the residents of these cities. For example, in one he went to a movie theater and was given an assigned seat. When he saw the everyone was bunched in one area he chose a seat farther away rather than stick to his assignment. Others in the crowd saw what he had done and escorted him to his rightful place. He has similar interesting experiences while waiting in line. Persons from different countries clearly see the etiquette of waiting in line differently. You may think Americans are the pushiest, rudest citizens, but in this regard we aren't.

The little tales like these keep us going through the book, along with descriptions of the terrain, the buildings, the traffic, the way people drive. I found it especially revealing that Bryson actually prefers to not know the language. I am not sure I would be as comfortable myself. I keep remembering what I went through to report the theft of my backpack in Italy, and how much easier it would have been if I had spoken better Italian.

An enjoyable book that should not be dismissed by a mere look at the subtitle: travels in europe. It is so much more than that. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
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Bill Bryson's first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before. Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant or window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.

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