A Bottom-blowing, Baby-jumping, Matchmaking Odyssey Around Europe
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|Format:||Paperback, 336 pages|
|Other Information: ||8|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 June 2006|
Not all Spaniards are Goat Tossers, not all Portuguese are Penis Cake Eaters and not all Frenchmen are Arse Blowers. But JR Daeschner knows quite a few who are. In Eurotripping, the American writer picks up where he left off with True Brits and crosses the Channel in search of Europe's most surreal traditions. From the far west of Ireland to the continental divide in Istanbul, he ventures where few foreigners have gone before, witnessing events such as the Rigor Mortis Procession in Galicia, Firedancing Festivals in Greek Macedonia and celebrations in honour of England's patron saint in the heart of the EU. Along the way, he's inducted into the Order of the Priceless Sardine in the Dordogne and meets countless characters, including a German detective turned 'love spy', the last of the Irish matchmakers, a Sicilian coprophile and a gay Turkish 'Bear'. Whether it's the furore over the camp following for Oil Wrestling in Turkey or the controversy surrounding the Dutch 'Santa' and his black sidekick, Daeschner finds that many of these centuries-old events reveal surprising insights into the issues facing Europe today. Eurotripping: if you think you know Europe, think again.
About the Author
Raised on a ranch in Colorado, J. R. worked for the New York Times after university, then on Fleet Street and Wall Street, with stints in Mexico and Peru before settling in Britain. Now 34, he has lived in the UK for the past decade. His work has been published on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Times and the International Herald Tribune.
From the hugely successful author of True Brits, comes this hilarious journey through a very different Europe...
"If you've ever thought our cousins on mainland Europe were a quirky group, then this hilarious group will further reinforce that opinion...A cult classic in the making!" Refresh "A funny and fresh read, this is also very insightful - who would have thought that our neighbours on the continent were so wacky?" Star Magazine
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.48 kg)|