Neither Here Nor There

Neither Here Nor There

Travels in Europe

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: London : 2015. Black Swan,
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ISBN: 9781784161828
Branch Call Number: ANF 914.0455 BRYS
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 20 cm


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Nov 05, 2019

Did not enjoy his style in this book.

Jul 21, 2018

Mischievous, shamelessly flaunting American manners, adorable!
Flashback of his 70s journey with goofy Katz occasionally confused me until progress realized. War history captioned is throughout, a bit excessive, but enhanced appreciation of localities.
His bohemian point of view may offend many. It was 90s reflection, his effortless humor on historic Europe enlivens me when traveling there.
I chuckled through each stop except Sofia where heartache felt hidden.

Feb 24, 2018

This is hopefully the worst book Bill Bryson ever wrote. Nothing but sarcasm, cynicism, and smart-alick comments passing for humor.

Thank goodness he improved with age.

Apr 21, 2016

Either one is a fan able to overlook his many faults or definitely not a fan. As with The Road to Little Dribbling, I felt a bit cheated, yet remain a fan. His travels 20+ years ago compared to his age & experience now are revealing, often by his rants as a grumpy old fart. I so agree with many of his rants.

Jul 12, 2015

as usual with this author, lots of laughs and some information. this is not your typical travel book rather it is a humorous reflection by one young man as he wanders thru europe

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 20, 2014

This is a book to re-read whenever you want to laugh aloud while revisiting your own memories of youthful travels abroad. The self-deprecating Bryson loves travel, especially in Europe, and takes delight in relating its horrors as well as its wonders.

Mar 26, 2014

Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe. --- by Bill Bryson. Perhaps to be re-titled “Curly, Larry and Moe meet Rick Steves” (with my apologies to Rick Steves). This book features Bryson before he grew up. One Summer: America 1927, was written in 2013, “Neither Here nor There” in the very early 1990’s. There’s so much in this book to make you wince. Sophomoric humour. Fault-finding and nit-picking. Scatalogical fixation. Pre-pubescent pre-occupation with sex. Stereotyping of the kind that I thought had disappeared years ago. Can’t we get away from Nazi jack-booters at least a quarter (and now a half century) after WW II? It just doesn't fly. Unless you’ve had at least a few beers. I wonder if today’s Bryson is happy with “Neither…”Bryson should have stayed home and grown up. And to think I was silly enough to expect something somewhat serious. No, this sort of book could give tourists a bad name. Now after all that you might justifiably ask, what about the book? Did I finish reading it or what. Well, yes, I did finish reading it. Sometimes a dose of politically incorrect, pre-pubescent non-humour may not be all bad. Judge for yourself.

bmetcalf64 Apr 22, 2012

I liked the book and found it funny, very funny in places. I found Bryson a little preachy and annoying in places, though. His tirades and scolding, usually in broad generalizations, detract from an otherwise great read.

Jun 25, 2009

This is an amusing book. However, I was bit surprised that someone who is so well traveled is also so culturally intolerant. I imagine much of it is for comic affect, but still it's pretty negative. Is there anything that makes Bryson happy?


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Jul 08, 2013

"I had with me two incredibly useless guidebooks to Italy, so useless that I'm not even going to dignify them by revealing their titles here, except to say that one of them should have been called Let's Go Get Another Guidebook and the other was Fodor's (I was lying a minute ago). Neither of them so much as hinted that Capri town was miles away up a vertical mountainside."

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