Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss” as Want to Read:
The Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss
Xenophobia: An irrational fear of foreigners. Xenophobe's Guides: Small books that show the more you know the less you fear. Xenophobe's motto: Forewarned is forearmed. ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 28th 1996 by Ravette Publishing
(first published January 1st 1996)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Start your review of The Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss
I read the Guide to the Scots first, and thank goodness I did. If I had read the a Guide to the Swiss first, I wouldn't have been reading any of the other Xenophobe Guides. This was a shallow compendium of stereotypes which barely scratched the surface of who the Swiss are. Yes, they have money. Yes, they make a lot of chocolate. Did the author even have to go to Switzerland to write this? The Scots one was so good I will keep reading the others, but if you're looking for a guide to Swiss people ...more
Like with all The Xenophobe's Guides is well structured and covers as much as in 96 pages is possible. Is enough to give you an educated (some might say biased) introduction to other cultures. I dont know any Swiss people so I take for granted the author and the review frm others ...more
Told with a sense of humor, it isn't entirely true, but only because not explaining some things in detail leaves room for humor. I enjoyed it, and it was entertaining. Great way to learn about Swiss culture without dying of boredom. ...more
An informative yet hilarious novel which aims to delve inside even the smallest bizarre traits that, before this novel, have managed to baffle foreigners for millennia. It was a delight to read, providing an amusing 'idiot's guide' to traits common to an entire nation. ...more
Quick, enjoyable read. My husband and I read it out loud and were quite entertained. Some parts of it were spot-on, other parts (I felt) were way off. The author is British and lives in the Oberland, so perhaps his experience has been different than mine (an American who moved to Zurich).
I have read most of the books in the series about Western Europe, and I agree with other reviewers that this one is among the best, along with those about England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (the publisher's home turf). My only criticism is that the author doesn't seem to know well enough other European countries and often describes as typically Swiss things that are in fact exactly the same in other Germanic countries or even in France. This is the case of recycling (p.29-30), disposable fees ...more
Being half Swiss and having lived there myself for seven years, this book was at times uncomfortably real in its depictions of the Swiss and the author has done a good job. It made me both laugh and cringe. I was surprised to see that there is no mention of the Swiss obsession with sweeping up leaves in the Autumn! This has to be one of their main obsessions - a real stress buster. And naturally this important work is undertaken with a traditional `Bese` (broom). At this time of year can be hear ...more
Sep 05, 2018 Melissa rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Slightly insulting title aside, I found this book to be funny and informative for learning about Swiss culture and practices. It felt less "though shalt do this" and more "this is a thing, it may be a bit strange to your American sensibilities, but roll with it". I enjoy that it didn't take itself too seriously, but was informative nonetheless. I will be checking out more from this series as I expand my travels. ...more
This book is perhaps the most humorous way of putting tacit facts about the average Swiss straight on our Swiss-face. If there’s anything at all, that can put a nation and its nationals on stage with “diplomatic humour”, this is it!
Other books in the series
The Xenophobe's Guide (1 - 10 of 35 books)