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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (original 1997; edition 2006)

by Bill Bryson

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Title:A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson (1997)

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Subtitle: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).
  JESGalway | Apr 17, 2018 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Apr 16, 2018 |
I really enjoyed this book after have no idea what to expect. Bryson basically tells his story of his on and off hike of the Appalachian Trail while mixing in a great deal of humor, history, and philosophy on life and nature. I found myself both pausing to think and laughing out loud multiple times. I will absolutely pick up another book by Bryson and am excited that I have discovered a new author. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
When Bryson is on the trail relating tales of his travels, he is funny and enjoyable. When he is relating facts, figures and statistics, I find him a little biased and unbalanced. He gives you just enough information that you are under-equipped to talk about most of the issues he brings up. I would love an abridged version that cuts out most of his stats and just relates the stories. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
As I said in my updates while reading this book, it was kind of off-and-on for me. The first half was wonderful, I really loved the introduction of the quirky characters and the thoughts from the trail. But toward the middle/end, it started to slow down and get, quite frankly, depressing. All the interesting characters were gone, the momentum was lost (since they didn't actually hike the entire trail, which I understand why they didn't but it was still a disappointment), and the book sort of turned into a doomsday prediction of Nature being lost and destroyed. I'm not arguing that Nature isn't being lost and destroyed. It just wasn't what I signed up for when I started reading. It got a little better toward the end with the return of Katz (such a goofball, I love that guy :P), but not enough that it redeemed the book in my eyes. It wasn't terrible, but not the greatest either. I'm gonna watch the movie and see what they keep in :) ( )
  fogisbeautiful | Feb 13, 2018 |
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Bryson's breezy, self-mocking tone may turn off readers who hanker for another ''Into Thin Air'' or ''Seven Years in Tibet.'' Others, however, may find themselves turning the pages with increasing amusement and anticipation as they discover that they're in the hands of a satirist of the first rank, one who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio.
 
[Bryson] was often exhausted, his ''brain like a balloon tethered with string, accompanying but not actually part of the body below.'' The reader, by contrast, is rarely anything but exhilarated. And you don't have to take a step.
 

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Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town.
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But always the wandering trail ran on.
“You all right?” I said. “Oh, peachy,” he replied. “Just peachy. I don’t know why they couldn’t have put some crocodiles in here and made a real adventure of it.”
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Your initial reaction to Bill Bryson's reading of A Walk in the Woods may well be "Egads! What a bore!" But by sentence three or four, his clearly articulated, slightly adenoidal, British/American-accented speech pattern begins to grow on you and becomes quite engaging. You immediately get a hint of the humor that lies ahead, such as one of the innumerable reasons he longed to walk as many of the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail as he could. "It would get me fit after years of waddlesome sloth" is delivered with glorious deadpan flair. By the time our storyteller recounts his trip to the Dartmouth Co-op, suffering serious sticker shock over equipment prices, you'll be hooked.

When Bryson speaks for the many Americans he encounters along the way--in various shops, restaurants, airports, and along the trail--he launches into his American accent, which is whiny and full of hard r's. And his southern intonations are a hoot. He's even got a special voice used exclusively when speaking for his somewhat surprising trail partner, Katz. In the 25 years since their school days together, Katz has put on quite a bit of weight. In fact, "he brought to mind Orson Welles after a very bad night. He was limping a little and breathing harder than one ought to after a walk of 20 yards." Katz often speaks in monosyllables, and Bryson brings his limited vocabulary humorously to life. One of Katz's more memorable utterings is "flung," as in flung most of his provisions over the cliff because they were too heavy to carry any farther.

The author has thoroughly researched the history and the making of the Appalachian Trail. Bryson describes the destruction of many parts of the forest and warns of the continuing perils (both natural and man-made) the Trail faces. He speaks of the natural beauty and splendor as he and Katz pass through, and he recalls clearly the serious dangers the two face during their time together on the trail. So, A Walk in the Woods is not simply an out-of-shape, middle-aged man's desire to prove that he can still accomplish a major physical task; it's also a plea for the conservation of America's last wilderness. Bryson's telling is a knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud funny trek through the woods, with a touch of science and history thrown in for good measure. (Running time: 360 minutes, four cassettes) --Colleen Preston

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Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.

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