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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.
Bryson at his best!! What a great description of a miraculous endeavor.Published 1 day ago by Charlie
book came in perfect condition. I read it and then donated it to our library. It is a nice book to read. Interesting and insightful with humor.Published 2 days ago by bob
Bill Bryson has written a fun and earnest account of his hiking the Appalachian Trail. Bryson is fun on his own but when teamed up with Stephen Katz, he is downright,... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Josephine March
Fantastic book with lots of facts that are presented in an interesting way. Bill Bryson is a very funny writer and a great storyteller! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mike W
Had a great time reading this, and it's actually got some good history of the Appalachian Trail mixed in with the humor. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Abdul Zarawal