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Re: New book "Swiss Watching" by Diccon Bewes

I have just finished reading it! I came across it at Orel Fussli in Zurich and it seemed interesting enough to purchase. Glad I did! It's a pretty quick read considering he pretty much talks about everything worth explaining. It gives you insight into the Swiss way of life and acts as a guide book for some neat cultural/educational trips! And I've noticed the red shoe craze as well!
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Old 12.08.2010, 22:03
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Re: New book "Swiss Watching" by Diccon Bewes

Read it - enjoyed it - very informative, especially the politics and history of Switzerland - but some observations I couldn't quite see (red shoes??)
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Re: New book "Swiss Watching" by Diccon Bewes

I also really enjoyed this book, very interesting and informative.

I see that the author will be talking about the book at an event organised by Bergli Books in Basel. The details are here. I think it is a free event but you need to rsvp.
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Re: New book "Swiss Watching" by Diccon Bewes

Excellent book! I am Swiss and he got everything spot on. A must-read for anyone who's trying to understand our culture.
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Re: New book "Swiss Watching" by Diccon Bewes

You can still listen to the Radio 4 bit here.

and there are events at:
Bergli Books in Basel on 1 Sept
Orell Füssli in Zürich on 3 Sept
Stauffacher in Bern on 8 Sept
Off the Shelf in Geneva on 24 Sept

all the details are on the author's blog
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Swiss Watching by Diccon Bewes

I was given this book as a present over the weekend and I cannot recommend it highly enough!

http://www.dicconbewes.com/books.html

I'm on page 126 of 289 and it's one of the best, shrewdest, in parts funniest observations on Switzerland and life here that I've read. I'm sure that most expats will chuckle in agreement

And if the author is a member of the EF - then congratulations on an excellent book!
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Re: New book "Swiss Watching" by Diccon Bewes

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Excellent book! I am Swiss and he got everything spot on. A must-read for anyone who's trying to understand our culture.
Finshed it in a weekend and definitely recommend it. It made several things much clearer, with good romping style.
I've already lent my copy to an Aussie, and a Swiss workmate is keen to read it.
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Swiss Watching

Hi all......I have just finished reading a book called Swiss Watching by Diccon Bewes...Its in English!!!..... and I have to say it was brilliant! So many of his observations are things that have happend to me in the 9 months I have lived here... I would love to hear comments from anyone else that has read it...Karl
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Re: Swiss Watching

I've just finished reading this too - and definitely agree - it is a good read. Though I now see many more red shoes than I did before!
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Re: Swiss Watching

Adored this book, and it's e-book availability. It has more insight than any other book I have read.

The author has quickly become my favorite current-Swiss and even responded to an e-mail I wrote.

Having not lived in CH, I considered it a great source. What do the locals say?
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Re: Swiss Watching

Its been sitting on my coffee table for months, virtually unread - except the section on chocolate

But thanks for the recommendation - I'll have a read of it this week.
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Re: Swiss Watching

I have read it as well...I like it because, even when it comes to negative aspects, he presents them in a very constructive way...I recommend it!
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Old 27.02.2011, 20:35
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Re: Swiss Watching

Anybody has an ebook link?
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I've just finished reading this too - and definitely agree - it is a good read. Though I now see many more red shoes than I did before!
Yes I enjoyed the book too but funnily enough, no, not the red shoe bit ... because for about 3 months, I couldn't shake the idea out of my head and kept looking out avidly for them (and bumping into lamp posts, people, falling over small children, walking in dog t*** etc etc ) ... so from personal study, I can reveal that the red shoe allegations are quite untrue.

But as for the rest, it is often very amusing and very accurate. Worth a read.

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Re: Swiss Watching

No snook link, downloaded to my nook in the US. Sorry.
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Re: Swiss Watching

Previous thread on the same subject here.
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I've just finished reading this too - and definitely agree - it is a good read. Though I now see many more red shoes than I did before!
Red shoes and were they are more conservative have a look at the socks....they are red.....LOL
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Adored this book, and it's e-book availability. It has more insight than any other book I have read.

The author has quickly become my favorite current-Swiss and even responded to an e-mail I wrote.

Having not lived in CH, I considered it a great source. What do the locals say?
all the Swiss people I spoke to were very Positive about the book....well they have no choice it is very acurate
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Re: Swiss Watching

The book is predominantly written with a view to the Swiss German portion of Switzerland so I didn't relate to all of it. However, after I'd read the book the author gave a reading at Books Books Books (the independent english bookstore in Lausanne) and he advised that as the Romande portion of the country takes up only 20%, it takes up a similar portion of the book

I thoroughly recommend it. It makes deciphering the land of cheese and chocolate a bit easier and is often amusing as well as informative.

I haven't seen many red shoes in Lausanne. I own a couple of pairs myself. I love wearing them on days that I wish I could click my heels three times and go home
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