Bryson is always a good read, his sense of humor effortlessly shines through everything he writes and this book, detailing his adventures and misadventures as he travels around Europe, is no exception.What makes this a good book instead of a very
very good one, though, is its age. Bryson’s trip was taken 20 years ago and going through the pages it is impossible not to notice how some things (some cities, some attitudes, and even some jokes) are now dated.
As the author discovered that Europe had changed from his previous trip (that he had taken over 15 years earlier), the reader can’t help but notice the same kind of discrepancies between what he/she is reading and what has become of these places.
That said it is still an interesting book, certainly worth reading and capable of causing many smiles and quite a few good laughs. The best solution would be to read it while retracing Bryson’s steps, city after city, playing some sort of ‘spot the difference’ game.
Just a word of advice: if you’re European, think your country has no faults, and lack a sense of humor, this book is probably not right for you.