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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.
This book, we have found by reading other hiker books, that it has been read by many hikers in preparation for a through hike. The characters are most delightful.Published 1 day ago by carolyn f eroh
Considering that this book has become something of a nonfiction classic, I expected more from this book. It was pleasant reading, but really nothing special. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Judith
Wonderful and personal description of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Descriptions abound, and the authors misgivings are well documented. A pleasure to read.Published 5 days ago by Lil Gluckstern
I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this for the book club. Loved the book and couldn't put it down. Thought it would be very dry but not at all! I laughed and laughed. Read morePublished 5 days ago by NoelAnn
WONDERFUL! I have sent this book to friends.....not only did I learn a lot, I laughed heartily and out loud as I read it!!!! Please, do yourself a favor, and read this book!!!!Published 9 days ago by Judith T. Hogan
Bryson's narrative of the AT is, at first, insightful, experiential, and immensely entertaining. I lost respect for Bryson as an authority when he and Katz decided to skip the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Trying to raise bilingualism in my kids