Context: on the shelf at our friends’ place in Dubai so I thought I’d give it a go.
Read a lot of Bryson and I have to say that this wasn’t his best. In fact, the title kind of sums it up for me really. This is not up there in the realms of comedic genius as with the two Notes books or Walk in the Woods. He relies much more on hyperbole and obviously fictitious happenings than in other writing I’ve read of his.
The book’s also a bit dated now. His description of Sarajevo is markedly different from my experience of it last year post-Balkan conflict. In all it felt a bit contrived and while there were moments that had me laughing out loud, they weren’t as frequent as I’d hoped.
In winter Hammerfest is a thirty-hour ride by bus from Oslo, though why anyone would want to go there in winter is a question worth considering.
But that of course is neither here nor there.
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