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Don't Mention the War!: A Shameful European Rail Adventure [Paperback]

Stewart Ferris , Paul Bassett
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31 May 2004
Follow the authors on their latest morally reprehensible trip around Europe. Experience the fatigue, the smells and the total lack of appreciation of the cultural pearl that is continental Europe. Discover how they played their part in making a Gendarme crash his police car; marvel at the undeserved adulation heaped upon them by the inhabitants of a small town in Provence; wince in embarrassment as they demonstrate how not to represent their nation when abroad. Don't Mention The War! follows the exploits of three young men as they gallivant across Europe gorging themselves on junkfood which is funded by their questionable ability as buskers. Provided you're not an anxious parent or a member of the clergy, or Belgian, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Austrian, Swiss, Eastern European, or American, Don't Mention The War! is guaranteed to make you laugh at least once.

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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers; New edition edition (31 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840244291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840244298
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,274,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Bassett is not really a bigoted, xenophobic, fat bastard at all. He is not totally ignorant of culture, and does not hate to travel. He is a bass player and sometimes wears a hat. Stewart has written 14 books which have been published in 7 languages. He has been nominated as one of Company magazine's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors and one of Tatler's 200 Hottest Dates

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1.0 out of 5 stars poppycock 2 Jun 2008
Has anyone else notcied that the majority of the positive comments are posted by 'A CUSTOMER'? I wonder why?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning !! 8 April 1999
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A brilliant continuation to "Don't Lean Out of the Window!", these books are a must for any anyone planning a trip to Europe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shameful and immoral . . . but it has its bad points, too. 20 Oct 1999
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Hell, the only bad thing I can think of is that it's too short. I could have gone on reading this for weeks. I've never read anything quite as brave as Don't Mention the War. These guys deserve a medal for pushing the boundaries of humorous travel writing out so far. It's certainly not going to be appreciated by anyone who takes themselves too seriously, but for the rest of us, including the authors, there's a lot of fun to be had by causing chaos across Europe. Sure, they take some swipes as us Americans, but gee, don't we deserve it sometimes? Their humor is never vicious towards us, and is often more self-deprecating than offensive. If you can handle travel writing flavored with a heavy dollop of irony, sandwiched between hilarious incidents and cheeky attitudes, you guys will enjoy this incredible book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Monty Python were still going... 9 Dec 1999
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Then they would be writing books like this ! It is a great account of the highs and lows of being young and free, wondering through popular European cities. It is a must for any young person coming to Europe and if you just want a laugh, well that to. It will make you look at buskers in a different light ! And it's brilliant continuation to "Don't Lean Out of the Window!". Enjoy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time with this one 30 Aug 1999
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British authors Ferris and Bassett make sophomoric remarks and observations while traveling through several European countries. This is supposed to be humorous (and if you don't 'get' their juvenile brand of humor, why, that must be because you are American). The book is filled with little jabs at Americans, and one can only be left wondering why these Brits feel themselves to be so superior to the Americans and others they encounter on their travels. Surely it can't be due to their sense of humor or writing ability, which is junior-high level at best.
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