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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.
The author did not walk the entire trail, but at just under 40% certainly walked more than most. I enjoyed the relationship between Bryson and his hiking companion. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
Excellent story. I thought it suffered a little after he began doing the trail in parts by himself (as opposed to the beginning of the book, when he had a companion). Read morePublished 2 days ago by R. Meanor
My second time reading it and I enjoyed it just as much this time as the last. fact filled and funny.Published 2 days ago by L. Ogram
Fun and funny. Filled with interesting tories and information about the wilderness and experiences. Gets a little dull towards the end. Read morePublished 3 days ago by albert
While it was interesting to read about the complexity and beauty of the Woods, it tended to be bit boring in spots. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer