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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840246375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840246377
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Enfield] goes to sample the delights of this relatively tourist-free part of Europe." -- Publishing News, 25 January 2008

'Edward Enfield...weaves in anecdotes and memories that fit seamlessly into the journey's narrative.'
-- Overseas magazine, June 2008

'Older riders, or anyone seeking easy cycling in interesting parts of Europe, may find this delightful book well worth reading'
-- London Cyclist Magazine, 26 February 2008

`He writes with a dry wit which had me laughing out loud'
-- The Oxford Times, 30 May 2008

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'Edward Enfield...weaves in anecdotes and memories that fit seamlessly into the journey's narrative.'
Overseas magazine, June '08

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaspar Hohl on 28 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
Edward Enfield's "Dawdling by the Danube" is properly titled "... With Journeys in Bavaria and Poland". The latter two refer to cycling trips he undertook in 1997 and 1998, the Danube trip in 2006. The author, who was well in his seventies when he wrote this book, describes in some detail these three journeys and, I must confess, my appetite was whetted to do all three. And that surely is the point of this book. The read suffers from too much digression, though, little having to do with cycling or the itineraries, and not all of it interesting, even if well written. Minor quibbles lie with the editing, which overlooked Moscow being referred to as the capital of Poland (!), as well as erroneous comments on the sentence structure of the German language. If you are interested in technical stuff, such as bike specs, gear and equipment, turn to any of Josie Dew's books, which are also much funnier.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin A. Chambers on 10 Nov 2008
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Edward Enfield is an annoying writer! He writes a book with the title "Dawdling by the Danube", but the best bits are nothing to do with the title of the book, but are his wanderings in his memory. He states in the epilogue that he has thought of writing a book called Memoirs of a moth-eaten ferret" Well write it dear Edwards, write it. As good a read as is "Dawdling", I long to read your autobiography.

For those who like gentle wit, without bad language. For those who like to be kindly entertained. For those who like arm chair travel, "Dawdling" is for them. For those who want a guide book, it isn't! I enjoyed it greatly. Buy and be entertained!!
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I'm not often moved to write a review of anything I buy on Amazon, but this book irritated me enough to do so.

This book reads like a guidebook rather than a piece of travel writing - the author even offers tips on routes and directions to specific hotels en route. The writing style is discursive and digressive; imagine Bill Bryson without the charm or wit. Unfortunately, these digressions don't really go anywhere. Often, it's like listening to a rambling story told by a granddad on after lunch on Christmas Day.

Throughout, Enfield harks back several times to his time in Germany during and after the war. He often refers in regretful tones to this period of Austro-German history, particularly when he visits a place where a Nazi leader grew up, or places near to Nazi concentration camps. Unfortunately, this perspective is rather undermined when he then expresses sympathies for the right-wing Austrian politician Jörg Haider.

I actually bought this book at a reduced price of £3.50. My two stars is based on that price. At full price, I can't even begin to recommend this.
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By Anne Whiteley on 27 Mar 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed revisiting places I have been to . Well written with loads of facts. I enjoy all Harry Enfields travel books
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By DN Cumbria on 26 Feb 2014
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Edward Enfield's writing style is unique and this book is no exception. I wish there were a lot more than the 4 or so I've read.
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The quintessential Englishman abroad is often an amusing read, and this travel blog is no exception. I particularly enjoyed the account of his journey through the Romantic Road, as it
sounded like an ideal cycling project for this summer. Combined with a few extra trails at each end,
my only misgivings would be a distinct lack of camping sites or other cheap alternative accommodation. Of course, Edward had no such reservations, enjoying the unlimited generosity of
the television production team who very kindly accommodated him in nothing but the best. So all
he had to do was make sure he did not get lost, a frequent incidence.!
However, I was disappointed with his account of the Polish journey through the Mazurian lakes.
From the material written, it was clear he had merely skimmed over the surface of an immense
and incredibly diverse terrain of which there was hardly a mention. Furthermore, he seemed to describe Poland and its people with a slightly condescending manner
and portrayed the country as if it were firmly rooted in the eighties. Which at
the time of writing, it most certainly was not.
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