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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.
A fun read.I can't help but wonder what our new technologies have made the Appalachian trail. GPS everything. A thoroughly engaging bookPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read and reread. Always entertaining. Slows a little when Katz is absent, but stays informative and enjoyable. One of Bryson's best.Published 2 days ago by J.K.Day
I have read this book many times. Dangerous to read in public because I frequently bust into laughter. It's a quick read and may become one of your favorites too.Published 3 days ago by Granny
I started off really liking this book but around the halfway point I started to lose interest. He complains too much. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Tom
The AT is there for everyone and fits most budgets. What you will get out of it depends upon you. Laughed so hard, appreciated my son who builds trail in California, and maybe I... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Linda McCauley Brownlee
Mr. Bryson effectively brought nature and history together in describing his adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Fred T
Started to read this after my wife read it and loved it. I should have remembered she loves walking but hates hiking except on level ground. Read morePublished 4 days ago by H. Shrader
This is an enjoyable, often humorous, story of two middle-aged men hiking the Appalachian Trail. Like most of Bryson's books, it has a mixture of wit and science which makes it... Read morePublished 7 days ago by C. Marcus Jr.