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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.
I thought the book was wonderful, I laughed out-loud in so many places. I read the book before I saw the movie and was so glad that I did, as the movie left a great deal to... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by patttiz
Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Great humor had me laughing out loud. Had more statistics than I cared for. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Shirley
Thoroughly enjoyed reading Bill Bryson's, A Walk In The Woods. Funny, well written and SO interesting. I love books that teach me something. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Cheryl Marino
An absolutely great movie and the acting is fantastic but the book is even better. Bill Bryson is witty most of the time and when he's not he's hilarious! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
"A Walk in the Woods" was an enjoyable read, including vivid descriptions of the author's travels on the Appalachian Trail, punctuated by humor and interesting encounters... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Lori L. Brians
This book has some delightful moments, but overall is disappointing.
Bryson's bigoted and ill informed view of Tennesseeans is poor journalism,
using a small town... Read more
I thought the movie was funny and good to just sit and look at the humour between those two. Nick Nolte captured the movie and should get an award. Read morePublished 1 day ago by B.A. Lapointe