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Bill Bryson has made a living out of traveling and then writing about it. In The Lost Continent he re-created the road trips of his childhood; in Neither Here nor There he retraced the route he followed as a young backpacker traversing Europe. When this American transplant to Britain decided to return home, he made a farewell walking tour of the British countryside and produced Notes from a Small Island. Once back on American soil and safely settled in New Hampshire, Bryson once again hears the siren call of the open road--only this time it's a trail. The Appalachian Trail, to be exact. In A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson tackles what is, for him, an entirely new subject: the American wilderness. Accompanied only by his old college buddy Stephen Katz, Bryson starts out one March morning in north Georgia, intending to walk the entire 2,100 miles to trail's end atop Maine's Mount Katahdin.
If nothing else, A Walk in the Woods is proof positive that the journey is the destination. As Bryson and Katz haul their out-of-shape, middle-aged butts over hill and dale, the reader is treated to both a very funny personal memoir and a delightful chronicle of the trail, the people who created it, and the places it passes through. Whether you plan to make a trip like this one yourself one day or only care to read about it, A Walk in the Woods is a great way to spend an afternoon. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Iowa native Bryson decided to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail. Awed by merely the camping section of his local sporting goods store, he nevertheless plunges into the wilderness and emerges with a consistently comical account of a neophyte woodsman learning hard lessons about self-reliance. Bryson (The Lost Continent) carries himself in an irresistibly bewildered manner, accepting each new calamity with wonder and hilarity. He reviews the characters of the AT (as the trail is called), from a pack of incompetent Boy Scouts to a perpetually lost geezer named Chicken John. Most amusing is his cranky, crude and inestimable companion, Katz, a reformed substance abuser who once had single-handedly "become, in effect, Iowa's drug culture." The uneasy but always entertaining relationship between Bryson and Katz keeps their walk interesting, even during the flat stretches. Bryson completes the trail as planned, and he records the misadventure with insight and elegance. He is a popular author in Britain and his impeccably graceful and witty style deserves a large American audience as well.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My second read of this book and it was better this time.
My only disappointment was the price was too high from Amaazon
Mr. Bryson can paint a picture with words and you feel as if you were beside him.
I have often wondered about the Appalachian Trail and was surprised at how hazardous it could... Read more
Did not expect a lecture on how we are destroying the planet.Published 7 hours ago by Bruce Allen Kufahl
Loved this book. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was that [for me ] the author went off on too many "statistical" hikes/side trails/rabbit holes that I... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by JoAnne
At first. I was somewhat disappointed that they weren't true thru hikers. But, in the end it was still a very educational book and in spite of not being a purist it was an... Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Brad Taylor
This book was highly entertaining for me being familiar with hiking at least parts of the AT and being of a similar age. Read morePublished 1 day ago by DCA
Such a great book. Makes me want to hike the trail, if only I didn't have to carry a pack! Parts were hilarious, parts were informative about the history of the AT. Inspiring read.Published 1 day ago by mamawa