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Posted June 17, 2008
Hated This Book, and I usally don't HATE books
I have friends who have read Bryson, and they suggested I check out one of his books. I'm an avid reader and pretty tolerant of most books. HOWEVER, this book is going down in history as one of the WORST books I have EVER encountered. I wish I could erase it from my memory -- that's how bad I hated it. I would love to ask his wife, who was sitting at home as he traveled, what she thought about Copenhagen and how Bill was disappointed that 'their [the secretaries]lovely breasts [were] bagged away for at least another day...' Shucks, Bill didn't get to see naked women. I feel real bad for him. And, really, I'm not a prude or anything, but I really, really could have done without the 'inviting anus' discussion. Bill comes across, in this book anyhow -- and believe me, I won't pick up another, as a typical ugly American, overweight and proud of it, beer guzzling idiot. Seriously! Even when he realized he was the mad man in the mirror, he still wanted a cape to throw over his shoulder and an 'ebony stick' to use on the doorman. Bill, give me a break. You think you are funny -- you failed in this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2004
This is one offensive book
This was the first and only Bill Bryson book I ever read. Someone gave it to me and I started reading -- big mistake. Almost immediately, I noticed that I had been almost every place Bryson discussed. The next thing I noticed was how negative, insulting, and crude he was. He has a knack for identifying the worst aspect of a location and harping on it. He may think this is amusing; I sure don't. If I want to read something seemingly written by a fratboy with an inferiority complex, I can read Paul Theroux; I don't need Bryson.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2003
Offensive and Uninteresting
The author really has a knack for spotting the worst aspects of everything. I've been in most of the places he discusses and am surprised at how awful he makes them sound. Avoid this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 12, 2009
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