Ahad, 18 November 2012

Neither Here Nor There : Travels in Europe

This is a book that can make people laugh like they were given laughing-gas. He hates almost everything that he sees around but eventually give good points to some of it. I do agree with him about being a childlike when you go to a new country.

" I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you're five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses."

The Peoples
He describe almost everything that he sees, found, listen and even the peoples that he met there. 

"The French for instance cannot get the hang of queuing. They try and try, but it is beyond them. Wherever you go in Paris, you see orderly lines waiting at bus stops, but as soon as the bus pulls up the line instantly disintegrates into something like a fire drill at a lunatic asylum as everyone scrambles to be the first aboard, quite unaware that this defeats the whole purpose of queuing."

He also describe the British in a funny way. I can't stop laughing while reading this!

"The British on the other hand, do not understand certain of the fundamentals of eating, as evidenced by their instinct to consume hamburgers with a knife and fork. To my continuing amazement, many of them also turn their fork upside-down and balance the food on their fork. I've lived in England for a decade and still have to quell an impulse to go up to strangers in pubs and restaurants and say, " Excuse me, can I give you a tip that'll help stop those peas bouncing all over the table?"

To conclude everything.. He wrote this..

"Germans are flummoxed by humor, the Swiss have no concept of fun, the Spanish think there is nothing at all ridiculous about eating dinner midnight, and the Italians should never, ever have been let in on the invention of the motor car"

Best quote
"I wanted to be puzzled and charmed, to experience the endless, beguiling variety of a continent where you can board a train and an hour later be somewhere where the inhabitants speak a different language, eat different food, work different hours, live lives that are at once so different and yet so oddly similar. I wanted to be a tourist"

Why did I chose this as the best quote from this book? Because it's like reading my own dream. Europe, you are in my waiting list.

Great reading stuff but not the best
This is not the best reading item to describe Europe because it contains all the bad things that the writer thinks about all around Europe. However he do gave you pictures of the country that he drop by.

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