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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found this book very funny and fun to read as well.
Still a great read and I highly recommend this book to anyone, you don't have to be a hiker or outdoors person to enjoy this great book.
The book is a very comprehensive description of the Appalachian Trail and how Bill Bryson along with his friend Katz hiked it.
If this book was broken into quarters, the first half and the 4th quarter are very good. The 3rd quarter of the book is just something you have to get through. Read morePublished 1 day ago by keith crain
Laugh out loud funny, and very informative. You feel like you are on the trail with them!Published 1 day ago by Factotum
I read this book at least once a year for a full on belly laugh!!!Published 2 days ago by karenruth
A terrific book about the Appalachian Trail. Bill Bryson is a very talented author.Published 3 days ago by William D Brooks