PDF Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe ¹ Bill Bryson
Schmerzmedizin - 1000 Fragen eTs out to re create a backpacking trip of Europe he made during the seventies when he was twenty His descriptions of people and places will have you falling out of your chair The beer he is offered in Belgium forxample defies his palate He just can t associate the taste with any previous Psychologische Homöopathie. experience but finally decides it puts him in mind of a very large urine sample possibly from a circus animal He should have stuck with Coca Cola nicht wahr Wendell Bryson has truly captured some of the giddynjoyment that I xperience when traveling in a foreign country where one DOES NOT SPEAK THE LANGUAGE I CAN T THINK not speak the *Language I Can T Think Anything That * I can t think anything that a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost verything Suddenly you are five years old again You can t read anything You have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work Your whole xistence becomes a series of interestingguesses At the Arc de Triomphe some thirteen
streets come together Can you imagine I mean to say here come together Can you imagine I mean to say here have a city with the world s most pathologically aggressive drivers who in other circumstances would be given injections of valium from syringes the size of basketball jumps and confined to their beds with leather straps and you give them an open space where they can all go in any of thirteen directions at once Is that asking for trouble or what Interspersed are salient comments about traveling on European trains There is no scope for privacy and of course there is nothing like being trapped in a train compartment on a long journey to bring all those unassuageable little frailties of the human body crowding to the front of your mind the withheld fart the three and a half suare yards of boxer shorts that have somehow become concertinaed between your buttocks the Kellogg s corn flake that is unaccountably lodged deep in your left nostril and rude comments about the Swiss What do you call a gathering of boring people in Switzerland Zurich He reveals some funny stories about himself I had no gift for woodworking Everyone lse in the class was building things like cedar chests and oceangoing boats and getting to play with dangerous and noisy power tools but I had to sit at the Basics Table with Tubby Tucker and a kid who was so stupid that I don t think we R High Performance Programming ever learned his name We just called him Drooler The three of us weren t allowed anything dangerous than sandpaper and Elmer s Glue so we would sit week after week making little nothings out of offcutsxcept for Drooler who would just at the glue Mr Dreck never missed a chance to humiliate me And what is this he would say seizing some mangled block of wood on which I had been laboring for the last twenty seven weeks and holding it aloft for the class to titter at I ve beenteaching shop for sixteen years Mr Bryson and I have to say this is the worst beveled dge I ve ver seen He held up a birdhouse of mine once and it just collapsed in his hands The class roared Tubby Tucker laughed so hard that he almost choked He laughed for twenty minutes ven when I whispered to him across the table that if he didn t stop it I would bevel his testiclesIt used to be not as common now as formerly that The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur each public washroom had an attendant whose job it was to keepverything clean and you were Vermeer to Eternity expected to drop in some change for his or her income The sex of the attendant was irrelevant to the sex of the washroom and Bryson had difficulty getting used to the idea of some cleaning lady watching him urinate to make sure he didn t dribble on the tiles or pocket any of the urinal cakes It is hardnough to pee when you are aware that someone s yes are on you but when you fear that at any moment you will be felled by a rabbit chop to the kidneys for taking too much time you seize up altogether You couldn t have cleared my system with Drano So ventually I would zip up and return unrelieved to the table in the restaurant and spend the night back at the hotel doing a series of Niagara Falls impressionsBryson does not mince words and his perspective on former Austrian president Waldheim So B. It echoes mine but is perhaps trenchant I fully accept Dr Waldheim sxplanation that when he saw forty thousand Jews being loaded onto cattle trucks at Salonika he genuinely believed they were being sent to the seaside for a holiday For the sake of fairness I should point out that Waldheim insists he never Cabaret even knew that the Jews of Salonika were being shipped off to Auschwitz And let s be fair again they accounted for no than one third of the city sntire population italics theirs and it is of course ntire. Est 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 beforeWhether braving the homicidal motorist of Paris being robbed by gypsies in Florence attempting not to order tripe an. Huh Turns out Bryson is a dirty
Ol BuggerThis Travel Across Europe Journal Is buggerThis travel across Europe journal is ducational and ntertaining I love travel and I like learning about far off places Europe has been done and overdone yet I still find it fascinating Bryson s recollections are from when he wrote the book in the 90s as well as from a previous trip he and his friend Katz took Regardless of when the reminisces come from details ring true from the xperiences I ve had of the same places such Paris and parts of Italy Apparently some *THINGS NEVER CHANGE HOWEVER IT WAS * never change However it was to get his take on the place At times he gets a little grumpy but overall this is lighthearted and goodnatured He has a adeuate store of patience and his take it as it comes attitude keeps most of this from sinking into Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice endless gripesFun as this was it s not my favorite of the six or so of Bryon s works I ve read to this point I haven t found this in his later books butarlier on his writing seems to show a distracting obsession with sex That s fine I mean I m a dirty bird too but I really don t want to know about the fetishes of a mid aged man I am one and it s not pretty Hey I m sure that s someone s bag Somewhere out there some sad sod is thinking I wonder what gets boring bald and wrinkled This book was highly En plein coeur entertaining at times I can t say it wasn t In fact it was highlyntertaining most of the time However I can t say I learned hardly anything about any of the places Bill Bryson visited He reserves most of his commentary for how far he walked to get to a train station how fast or slow the train rides were and how cornflake sized bugars feel in his nose while on those train ridesI hate to bash authorsthat s not what I m trying to do here I am simply trying to say Bryson s book was not what I was xpecting and did not give me what I look for in reading travel novels I like to get a grasp of what different places are like the ambience the people maybe a little history Also it was about a year ago that I read this book and I am sure some of these tidbits were woven into his writing However I do remember feeling let down at the time and coming to the conclusion that inserting this sort of substance into his writing was not his main focus although it may have slipped in somewhere along the way Why bother to actually travel when you can just regurgitate stereotypes that have been passed around since man invented borders Honest to God he really complains about haughty Parisian waiters I didn t find anything in this book of ssays to be Dance Real Slow even remotely insightful and I don tver find Bryson to be funny Most of what I have read by him is just a collection of his gripes against the rest of humanity I ve never read any of his travel stuff where he actually meets an interesting person who has something worth saying When I first read this several years ago I just figured that it was the first thing Bryson wrote perhaps when he was a college student back packing around Europe It was published when he was 4o years old It is completely lacking in the sort of wisdom you would The Art of Memoir expect from a writer of that age I like most of his non travel books just so you won t Seriously this book sucks Big timeBill Bryson is as funny asver you can t avoid guffawing at some of his observations but this is a book long The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life exercise in sarcasm It s as though the author is saying Look compared to these brain dead Europeans see how clever I am Being a sarcastic SOB myself I can understand the attitude but find it difficult to sustain 200 pages of itAnd really for a travelogue it does not give the reader what he she wants information on the country traversed We are treated to pages and pages of descriptions of the dreary hotels the author stayed in it seems that he cannot find one meeting hisxacting standards anywhere the bad and xpensive food he had to stomach xcept Mac Donald s of course the totally unappealing people he had to deal with and towards the middle of the book his pornographic dreams which run as subtext in stream of consciousness I felt that ol Bill here was trying to sueeze humour out of his trip like one trying to get that last dollop of toothpaste from the tubeAnd having visited Istanbul I can tell you that his impressions of the city are the diametric opposite of what I xperienced in 2011 Either the city has drastically changed in two decades or it shows different faces to the ntitled holier than thou American and the inuisitive Indian on the lookout for fresh xperiencesGive this book a miss Bryson s other books are better Bryson writes hysterical travel books In this one he se. 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 uniue brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack keeps a tight hold on his wallet and journeys from Hammerf.
read & download Neither Here nor There: Travels in EuropeLy plausible that a high ranking Nazi officer in the district could have been unaware of what was happening within his area of command Let s give the man a break I mean to say when the Sturmabteilung or stormtroopers burned down forty two of Vienna s forty three synagogues during Kristallnacht Waldheim did wait a whole week before joining theunit Christ the man was practically a resistance hero Austrians should be proud of him and proud of themselves for having the courage to stand up to world opinion and lect a man of his caliber overlooking the fact that he is a pathological liarthat he has a past so mired in mis truths that no one but he knows what he has done It takes a special kind of people to stand behind a man like that This book hits the sweet spot Bill Bryson travels around Europe Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography entertaining us with his humor and thoughtful observations and also sharing memories of a similar trip he took in the 1970s with hi Three and a half stars rounded upIt s never a good idea to read Bill Bryson on public transportation Stifling belly laughs can be painful and the resulting noise sounds like something between strangling an aardvark and air rapidlyscaping from a balloonThe benefits Fellow commuters won t look you in the The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, eye and go out of their way to avoid you so I practically have the whole train car to myselfThis is one of Bryson sarlier books so it s long on humor random observations and anecdotes and short on insight He comes off as a lightweight Paul Theroux however I was in the mood for laughs and there are plenty contained hereMy previous Bryson book was A Walk in the Woods so it was nice to hear about veryone s nightmare travelling companion Stephen Katz ven it was via flashback Not only does Katz have awful luck with bird s crapping on his head but he has the singular worst pick up line ver I had a rather curious xperience while reading this book Because I ll be in Europe shortly and I ve been on a Bryson binge anyway I downloaded the audiobook onto my phone and began listening I took a walk and was merrily following along until at about one third of the way through a thought flashed through my mind This book sucks I was taken by surprise because up until then I thought I d been The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl enjoying it But the further I read the my judgment was justified I m sorry to say this Bill but this book is not very goodTo put it briefly Bryson comes across asxtremely immature in this book both as a writer and as a person He tries hard to be funny but too often Exile and Pilgrim ends up making jokes about cultural stereotypes Italians are bad drivers the French are rude and so on or simplyngaging in hyperbolic descriptions of xtremely ordinary vents which unfortunately only serve to magnify their ordinariness rather than to alleviate it This book contains very few of Bryson s trademark little known anecdotes and almost nothing that could be deemed insightful about the places he visits He spends a distressing about of time talking about hotels and restaurants mostly to complain about them and than once Hannah Montana: The Movie ends upating in a McDonald s Bryson ven complains that a menu in a German restaurant was written in German He might as well have stayed at homeI am however happy to report that Bryson has shown a definite progress in his writing ability and worldview over the years In chronological order of Bryson s books I ve read Neither Here nor There 1993 Notes from a Small Island 1995 A Walk in the Woods 1998 In a Sunburned Country 2000 and A Short History of Nearly Everything 2003 And in terms of uality I would rank them in the same order So however immature he may have been at least he s shaped up and it s a great sign when people are able to change for the better I m a fan of Bill BrysonI m not a fan of the complaining whingeing swilling pleb who wrote this travel book No this is too harsh But I do feel a little ripped off only because I know how interesting a Bill Bryson book can be There s no history in this book there s no culture there is
very little interesting stories Here is what it felt like So I got off the train at Brysonlittle interesting stories Here is what it felt like So I got off the train at Bryson his worst He is the whining American tourist he claims to detest Meandering through a dozen or so uropean countries he manages to complain about virtually very hotel accomodation And for christ sake Bill put a freakin map in your book I m not totally ignorant when it comes to uropean geography but if youre gonna write about travelling hundreds of miles very other day i d like to glance at the route with out having to bust out my world atlasAfter Shorthistoryof nearly verything i was so high on him now this. D Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts eyeballs in a German restaurant window shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen Bryson takes in the sights dissects the culture and illuminatesach place and person with his hilariously caustic observations He ven goes to Liechtenste. .