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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 was disappointed in the fact that there was much more information about what was in the woods (too much) than about his actual walk.Published 1 day ago by Phyllis Freiberger
I have always thoroughly enjoyed Bill Bryson's humorous, well-researched books. Until this one. In the 2nd half of the book, the cruelty expressed about people Bryson saw as... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Teresa Dieter
As an outdoor enthusiast, I enjoyed Bill's account of time spent on the AT. He has a clear and humorous writing style I like.Published 2 days ago by William K. Taylor
If you've never read Bryson, do NOT read this one first. Though there are some very well-written passages, and some humor in certain places (enough to elicit stomach-tightening... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Roman Wolf (Michael)
I was really happy with where this book was going with the first half. It had a lot of potential and I hiked a little of the AT so I was ready to read a story of a thru hiker that... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jonathan Grund