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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 haven't finished the book, yet, but I am thoroughly enjoying it. The author uses humor and interesting information about the national parks to make a very delightful read!Published 17 hours ago by L. Martinez
Bill Bryson is a funny writer and when he's writing about the trail or his friend, the book is fantastic! Read morePublished 19 hours ago by H20
Great book! Made me laugh, made me think, and I learned a few things too.Published 1 day ago by Tammi M
This is the funniest book I have ever read. It is laugh-out-loud funny. I gave it four stars rather than five because there is a 70-page interlude toward the end of the book... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Herman Melville
I've read numerous accounts of people's experiences on the AT, as well as the PCT and CDT. Bryson is funny, but even humor can only go so far.Published 2 days ago by Sammy
Quite entertaining, although I learned way more about the Ice Age etc. than I really wanted to.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good storyline and funny but has some questionable parts that I don't think are appropriate for children. It also is very true and funny.Published 3 days ago by go dog