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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.
If you have ever camped, or hiked, you will love this book. He was at his peak of humorous writing when hewn wrote this book.Published 22 hours ago by Corinne E. Wise
Bryson writes with humor and insight, and his description of otherwise inconsequential moments had me laughing out loud. Well worth a read!Published 1 day ago by D. Murrell
I chose this book because I love the out doors but have no serious hiking experience much like our characters in the book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sharon Gibson
Funny in many parts. His ecology raps get a little preachy but his adventures with his travel mate on the Appalachian trail was worth the read.Published 3 days ago by ARuben
This book and the descriptions of experiencing walking the Appalachian Trail was fascinating by introducing some fascinating characters and facts about this beautiful and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Quo Vadis?
By far the Best, most Humorist I have read in a long time.Published 3 days ago by Mrs. Nancy M. Leblanc