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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.
With over 2000 reviews here, I can't add much new. I just wanted to neutralize one of the one star reviews. I read it twice and would read it again.Published 5 hours ago by AB Album
Good book. There was a lot of statstics in the story. I am not a stats guy. Overall though a good book.Published 1 day ago by Nick Herrera
Funny and inspiring! Especially for those aspiring to be thru-hikers.Published 1 day ago by Stephanie Shell
I love the specificity to which he cited his experience along the different parts of the trail, I had to follow along with my map to satisfy my curiosity of all the places he... Read morePublished 1 day ago by W. J. Shultz
This book was very entertaining. Easy to visualize the journey.Published 2 days ago by Marjorie Lindemood
A must read if you are planning on hiking the AT. I was a little disappointed that the whole trail wasn't walked, but it gives a another option for someone who is planning on... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jerry
To me this was a made for tv version of a thru hike story. The bumbling sidekick, Katz, led by the arrogant protagonist, Bryson. Read morePublished 2 days ago by JohnB