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Prussian Pranksters

Advantages: profound knowledge of German issues
Disadvantages: not everyone has the same kind of humour

British journalist Roger, stationed in Berlin, is tired of his job, namely writing articles on German issues, preferably Nazi related, for British newspapers. He feels he needs some time out and takes a sabbatical. His three-quarter German/one-quarter Ita ...

MALU 21.10.2011 · Read full review
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Review of To Prussia With Love - Roger Boyes

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A Load of Alt-Globnitz

Advantages: I learned one interesting fact
Disadvantages: It's a sham dressed up as travel writing

...Alarm bells should have sounded when I picked up Roger Boyes’s “To Prussia with Love” in a bookstore and I thought to myself “this sounds a bit contrived”. Call me naïve but when I browse the travel writing section in Waterstones, I tend to believe that t ...

fizzytom 17.07.2011 · Read full review
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A cynics tale.

Advantages: None
Disadvantages: Its not funny, tells me little about New Zealand

...I really enjoy reading travel books, especially if they also make me laugh. I have read all the books by Bill Bryson and have enjoyed them all. A recent trip to my local library looking for something to lift my mood, I came across a travel book about New ...

anwar 08.05.2014 · Read full review
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Review of A Land of Two Halves - Joe Bennett

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And in this charmless book, this charmless man

Advantages: A throroughly descriptive account of the New Zealand countryside
Disadvantages: A thoroughly tedious account of the New Zealand countryside

INTRODUCTION Before my visit to New Zealand last year, my sister bought me this book as she thought it’d be appropriate reading for my trip. As it happens, I prefer to read travelogues after I’ve visited somewhere, so that I don’t go in with any pr ...

larsbaby 01.08.2010 · Read full review
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A Hilarious Childhood Memoir

Advantages: Laugh out loud funny, captivating prose, a book with a beating heart
Disadvantages: A mild suspicion that there's a little embellishment to some of the stories

...There's something incredibly appealing about small boys misbehaving themselves. Look at the popularity of characters such as Dennis the Menace, Just William and Horrid Henry and you will see how a naughty boy can entertain over the generations, whether he ...

rosebud2001 26.01.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson

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