Neither Here Nor There

Neither Here Nor There

Travels in Europe

Book - 1992
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An account of a European trip blends anecdotes with worldly insights, describing the bleak lands of Norway, the exotic scenes of Istanbul, and the cities of Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Rome, Geneva, and Vienna.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, c1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780688103118
Branch Call Number: 914 B91n
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 25 cm


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Neither Here Nor There is one of Bill Bryson’s earliest works where he chronicles his first backpacking trip through Europe. Written in his unique humorous tone, this travelogue is only a small taste of what Bryson has to offer. His other travel books include Notes From a Big Country, The Lost Co... Read More »

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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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