Swiss Watching: Inside Europe's Landlocked Island #2020

Swiss Watching: Inside Europe's Landlocked Island By Diccon Bewes Swiss Watching Inside Europe s Landlocked Island Swiss Watching Inside Europe s Landlocked Island is a light hearted yet revealing journey around Europe s most individual country From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody
  • Title: Swiss Watching: Inside Europe's Landlocked Island
  • Author: Diccon Bewes
  • ISBN: 9781857885484
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • Swiss Watching: Inside Europe's Landlocked Island By Diccon Bewes Swiss Watching Inside Europe s Landlocked Island is a light hearted yet revealing journey around Europe s most individual country From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody past and exploring an uncertain future, Swiss Watching proves that there s to Switzerland than banks, skis, francs and cheese One country, four languages, 26 cantons,Swiss Watching Inside Europe s Landlocked Island is a light hearted yet revealing journey around Europe s most individual country From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody past and exploring an uncertain future, Swiss Watching proves that there s to Switzerland than banks, skis, francs and cheese One country, four languages, 26 cantons, and 7.5 million people only 80% of whom are Swiss there s nowhere else in Europe like it Switzerland may be surrounded by land, but it is an island at the center of Europe Welcome to the landlocked island.
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    1. I started this book while I was in Switzerland and finished it a few days after getting home I thought he did a really good job of mixing the history of the country with his own experiences and opinions I certainly found some truth to his observations, and he is pretty funny too Favorite lines German words such as Unabhangigkeitserklarungen are not words, they are alphabetical processions Explaining that a Swiss man invented Velcro and ended up changing the world of children s trainers and strip [...]


    2. Admittedly I m not a fan of these types of books, no matter how informative or not a, say, Bill Bryson is, the person usurps the writing, and often than not, that person comes across as a twat This book is hardly and exception Aside from random clich s and stereotypes which, oddly, the writer shows his loathing for when one is used upon him , with such nonsense as the Swiss are obsessed with and the Swiss love nothing than , other parts seem taken right from the writers imagination red shoes _ [...]


    3. After reading this book, I feel like I could apply for Swiss nationality I should be able to pass the exam easily Seriously, a great book filled with numerous and mostly interesting facts about Switzerland, many of which I didn t know or wouldn t have been able to summarize this way even after 10 years in this country Diccon Bewes travelled all over the country, talked to all kinds of people and apparently did some intense historical and cultural research Some of his views were too much Englishm [...]


    4. What a great book I d especially recommend it to Swiss people because of the inside joke feeling it will give you, but it s such an enjoyable read that I think anyone will like it A big part of what made the book such an enjoyable read was the British Humour with which it was written funny, witty, cheeky, sarcastic, yet always respectful.I am Swiss by heritage and even though I ve never lived in Switzerland, a lot of Swiss Things are on my radar and part of my daily consciousness because I grew [...]


    5. I picked this book up from an English book shop in Berlin to prepare for the Swiss leg of my holiday, having realised that I knew nothing about Switzerland, except armed neutrality, cheese, mountains and chocolate I found the book really enjoyable with lots of Bill Bryson like bon mots and facts and figures To me, the fact that Bewes is an Englishman in Switzerland, made the book relevant to travellers, especially those who are English or from cultures similar I found out a lot, gained some real [...]


    6. This book was okay I really would only recommend it for someone who is moving to or is living in Switzerland as an expat Even then, I would still caution anyone who reads it to keep an open mind beyond how the author describes things After living in Switzerland for several months, all of the author s generalizations just aren t true.


    7. If Indonesia, Etc Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani is the perfect guide to learning about Indonesia, I highly recommend Diccon Bewes Swiss Watching Inside the Land of Milk and Money to learn about Switzerland.I knew a little something about Switzerland before reading this book, the basic facts at least But I wasn t familiar to the history of the country one bit This book presents the history in an easy manner and dedicates entire chapters on cheese, chocolate, politics which i [...]


    8. I tried, I really did I saw this book in the sale section of s Kindle downloads and I should have remembered the old adage, You get what you pay for It sounded interesting Switzerland is a country that I don t know much about and I generally enjoy good travel writing But the author s tone which alternated between, condescending and trying to be funny drove me insane Here s a hint to writers everywhere Comedy is hard Leave it to the professionals I made it through the first three chapters about a [...]


    9. This is almost required reading for non Swiss residents of Switzerland, but I found it disappointingly shallow and not particularly insightful The volume includes some light popular history, and a lot of descriptions of the author s trips around Switzerland The descriptions are occasionally mildly amusing, but often full of less than useful details There is no overarching narrative, and reads like a random collection of snippets For a book on Swiss culture, it contains very little discussion of [...]


    10. Although I learned some things about the history of CH, the generalizations were overwhelming At times the stereotypes do ring true, but I have issues with people stereotyping I think the book is good for non Swiss who choose to live in CH I ve been here over a decade and admittedly had many moments when I read something and nodded my head in agreement with the author However, a few times I shook my head in disagreement.


    11. A very enjoyable book about a country that most Americans know far too little about The only drawback to the Kindle edition is that the maps are difficult to read see and the photographs are missing, but I enjoyed the book and will probably re read it some day as visiting Switzerland is on my travel bucket list.


    12. Ich habe dieses Buch auf Deutsch gelesen Als Schweizer sind halt viele Sachen, die Ausl nder bei uns merkw rdig oder eigenartig finden, einfach normal Man macht sich da gar keine Gedanken dar ber Aber wie er die Charaktereigenschaften und generelle Eigenschaften der Schweizer im Allgemeinen umschreibt, finde ich interessant Vieles w rde ich sogar unterschreiben.


    13. A good overview of what makes the Swisshtick Like the Swiss the book is well ordered and easy to navigate The author s light, cheeky humor keeps the tedious topics of history and politics engaging It is a book similar in style and character to T.R Reid book on Japan Confucius Lives Next Door A perfect book for gaining insight to Switzerland either before or after a visit.


    14. An interesting book written by a British journalist describes another amazing country Swiss, which I, personally, have little knowledge about I fancy the views and words the author applies in this book I recommend it to all my friends, especially who love travelling.


    15. Un peu trop orient suisse allemand La plupart des g n ralisations ne fonctionnent pas en Romandie Malgr tout, j ai appris pas mal de choses et a m a donn envie de visiter d autres r gions chez les al maniques


    16. A good romp through most of Swiss culture Some stereotyping but usually fairly accurate and in good fun A times positively helpful to the Auslander Some of the historical parts a bit patchy but there are others out there which cover this very well.


    17. Bewes does a great job of offering insight into Swiss society based on its history and cultural peculiarities, often done with a good amount of humor This book gave me a better sense of Switzerland and its people while entertaining me along the way.


    18. Excellent book I got it as a gift from a Swiss friend before leaving Switzerland after living in Geneva for six years I enjoyed a lot reading the book I smiled and laughed several time mainly I was reading the book on the bus on my way to work or on planes Very entertaining and funny a bit stereotyping in a funny way Strongly recommend to all friends living in Switzerland and the Swiss ones as well Now I want to go back to Switzerland and go to all the fantastic places mentioned in the book whic [...]


    19. 1 Really good humour 2 Swiss culture from a British perspective.3 I m trapped between the urge to finish the book then move on to his other books and to not want it to finish.


    20. The funny thing is how people from 2 different cultural backgrounds author British, me Romanian can notice and be puzzled by the same Swiss particularities train rides with soldiers who carry their guns in plain sight in the prototypical neutral country I admit to being a bit worried when I first noticed it immediately opening a news page to see if I had missed the latest news , the serene littering of streets with cigarettes when I desperately search where to throw mine in a country that otherw [...]


    21. Not sure why a guy who s obviously never been anywhere near Switzerland feels he has to write about the country Surely he can t seriously be expecting people to believe he s living there, after filling a whole book with Swiss clich s and random facts some with references, others just made up for the fun of it constantly slagging off the Swiss lifestyle not much of a surprise that he would find it hard to socialise with the locals Never mind that most of his so very Swiss observations apply to ot [...]


    22. When we think of Switzerland, most of us think of Watches, Chocolate, and those who like Skiing, so visitors by the coach full flock to either the Eiger or the Matterhorn It is strange that for all that Switzerland has to offer, there are not many recognized personalities, I can only think of 2, Roger Federer Martina Hingis, both are Tennis players.The strange thing is that even though Switzerland is a land locked country, it has one of the top ranked America s Cup syndicates, skippered by Knigh [...]


    23. I m not generally a fan of travel writing often I find it fairly dull and I find that the opinion of the author often then overrides my own which changes my experience of the place However, this book was really informative and at the same time was fairly easy to read This was particularly the case because of the good, yet subtle, use of humour throughout I don t think it would appeal to people who have got nothing to do with Switzerland as it is in depth, but to ex pats and tourists it is a very [...]


    24. If you are interested in Switzerland and its people, read this As a Swiss citizen, it is very funny but also very intersting as I found out about habits Swiss people actually do have, that I did not know before But whilst reading this amazing book, I noticed them and I find myself very strange now.There is a great deal of sarcasm in this book, but I never felt as if the author is making fun of the Swiss Way of doing stuff It is just a perfect represention of Switzerland Diccon Bewes tells you ab [...]


    25. I may be half Swiss, but not having ever lived in Switzerland, there is so much about my mother s country that I didn t know This is a very informative book but it s also hilariously funny at times, and I was quick to recognize some of my Swiss relatives quirky habits It can t have been easy writing this as Switzerland is actually quite diverse despite the uniform impression it gives to the outside world I think Bewes manages the depiction of contradiction and consensus really well Thoroughly en [...]


    26. With a breezy English humour Diccon Bewes injects than his own insights into the view we traditionally have of Switzerland, and particularly the view they have of themselves Rather than a travelogue, this guide by a British ex pat in an era of internationalism gives deeper roots and fresher fruit to the inquiring reader Not once mentioning niche markets, Diccon shows the importance of individuality while retaining market share It has to do with not giving all your secrets away which of course [...]


    27. One of the most enjoyable books I have read in years Whether you are interested in Switzerland or not I wasn t until I read this book , this is mandatory reading for anyone who wants a chuckle a page and a hearty guffaw a chapter The author s observations of the Swiss are affectionate and spot on, his tone is delightful, never deprecating Witty, insightful, extremely funny, and highly informative books just don t get better than this If you are thinking of travelling to Switzerland, this book is [...]


    28. Light, entertaining read that touches on everything from Switzerland s history to neutrality to current government I loved it, and I would highly recommend it to newcomers to the country, such as myself, or anyone who is interested in knowing about the country The only drawback is that the author is obviously British, and often the comparisons that he made didn t hold much meaning for me, an American He does refer to the US Americans as a comparison a few times, but often it suffers from the sa [...]


    29. I enjoyed this one, Diccon Bewes is a very funny man I think anyone planning to live or even visit Switzerland should read it It works well as an intimate in the know tourist guide and covers basically everything Swiss After 13 years living here with my VERY Swiss Husband I know if you have an interest in the country you WILL love it If you are SWISS you too will enjoy it Who wouldn t want to see themselves and their country through the eyes of an Ausl nder.


    30. A thoroughly honest, entertaining, and informative of all things Swiss and un Swiss Having now been to the capitol of Bern three times as well as a few nearby towns and cities, including Zurich , and written from an outside cultural eye as well so that I can relate to quite a bit of the storytelling, my fascination with the Swiss way of doing things has become all the enhanced and ingratiating.


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