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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.
Hilarious recapping of not just an AT journey, but a story of overcoming adversity.Published 23 hours ago by KKD
This book started out with all the potential in the world. The book really tapers off mid way through and I completely lost interest a short time there after. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mommalovie
A wonderful tale of hiking, history and private and public conservation efforts linked together by friendship, hardship and the Appalachian Trail.Published 2 days ago by Gregg M.
Mr Bryson has a fun sense of humor and the book is well written. He was clearly out of his element in trying to walk the Appalachian trail, but in the end, he figured it out. Read morePublished 3 days ago by craig huber
The author did not walk the entire trail, but at just under 40% certainly walked more than most. I enjoyed the relationship between Bryson and his hiking companion. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kindle Customer