Sopravvissuto agli automobilisti omicidi di Parigi, scampato al caos folle e travolgente di Roma, attento a non ordinare un piatto di trippa e bulbi oculari in un ristorante di Aquisgrana, colto da un attacco feroce di shopping nei sex-shop della trasgressiva Reeperbahn, ad Amburgo, travolto dai rumori e dagli odori «esotici» di Istanbul, Bill Bryson, in un esilarante tour di quattro mesi, attraversa da nord a sud il Vecchio Continente con lo zaino in spalle, il suo taccuino in mano e il suo inconfondibile senso dell'umorismo.
Una città o l'altra è il diario di viaggio di questo curiosissimo e acuto turista: ricco di inedite istantanee di alcune tra le più suggestive città europee, scorci di monumenti, ritratti di personaggi irripetibili, insieme a contrattempi esilaranti, inevitabili incidenti di percorso, osservazioni argute, flashback dei viaggi precedenti...
- ISBN: 885024889X
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 350
Bryson at his worst. He is the whining American tourist he claims to detest. Meandering through a dozen or so european countries, he manages to complain about virtually every hotel accomodation. And for christ sake Bill, put a freakin map in your book. I'm not totally ignorant when it comes to europ Leggi tutto
I'm a fan of Bill Bryson. I'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 l Leggi tutto
I had a rather curious experience 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 f Leggi tutto
Three and a half stars rounded up. It’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 rapidly escaping from a balloon. The benefits: Fellow commuters won’t look y Leggi tutto
This book hits the sweet spot: Bill Bryson travels around Europe, entertaining us with his humor and thoughtful observations, and also sharing memories of a similar trip he took in the 1970s with his bumbling friend, Stephen Katz. Ah, poor Stephen. If you have read Bryson's book A Walk in the Woods, Leggi tutto
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 essays to be even remotely insightful and I don’t ever find Bryso Leggi tutto
Bryson writes hysterical travel books. In this one he sets 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, for example, defies his palate.
Seriously - this book sucks. Big time. Bill Bryson is as funny as ever; you can't avoid guffawing at some of his observations: but this is a book-long 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 m Leggi tutto
This book was highly entertaining at times, I can't say it wasn't. In fact, it was highly entertaining 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 Leggi tutto
The reason I read this book is because there have been some excellent extracts from it in the course books I teach from. Unfortunately I think those extracts were actually the best bits... I certainly learnt nothing new from reading the entire book. Bryson is funny, but after a while he comes across Leggi tutto
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