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After 20 years as a London-based reporter, American journalist Bryson ( The Mother Tongue ) set out to retrace a youthful European backpacking trip, from arctic Norway's northern lights to romantic Capri and the "collective delirium" of Istanbul. Descriptions of historic and artistic sights in the Continent's capitals are cursory; Bryson prefers lesser-known locales, whose peculiar flavor he skillfully conveys in anecdotes that don't scant the seamy side and often portray eccentric characters encountered during untoward adventures of the road. He enlivens the narrative with keen, sometimes acerbic observations of national quirks like the timed light switches in French hallways, but tends to strive too hard for comic effects, some in dubious taste. He also joins other travelers in deploring the growing hordes of peddlers who overrun major tourist meccas.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bryson, a baby boomer, retraces his journeys through Europe in 1972 and 1973, when he and an Iowa high school buddy backpacked through the continent's major capitals and cities. In this account, Bryson revisits many of those places, and his tales about the changes in the sites--and within himself--are fascinating and often hilarious. The interests of Bryson and his unforgettable buddy, Stephen Katz, were quite different almost 20 years ago; they were in a constant search for beer and women and their favorite and least favorite places were judged accordingly. His interests on this latest trip are a bit more sophisticated. Bryson blends the accounts of the two journeys, offering insight into the various countries as well as his own life. This book is fun for travelers or armchair travelers, especially for anyone who journeyed through Europe in the hippie days of the early 1970s.
- Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svces., Wondervu, Col.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It was pretty good, but not up to the usual Bryson standard. Notes from a Small Island was much betterPublished 1 hour ago by Janet L. Condino
Journey with Bill Bryson as he makes his way through Europe. He meets up with local people and learns much more than he probably expected. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Chad M
In this book Bryson takes us along with him as he mopes around and generally complains about the changes he sees from the last time he visited these sites. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Nathan Laird
Bryson and I see eye-to-eye on his review of many of Europe's "must-see" places. He's always funny.Published 24 days ago by A. B. Clem
Nice and easy to listen, however at the end it becomes too negative and a bit annoying that he is complaining about everything and everywhere. But overall entertaining.Published 1 month ago by Justas
This book was a bit better than I'd usually rate at three stars, but not quite good enough to justify four stars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Yanni