More than just a story about a long walk and two very different people. An insight into the grandeur of the planet and dare I say the damage we humans are doing to other living organisms and the environment due to either disrespect or willfulness. Thank you to Bill Bryson for taking time to write this ode of our past and what the future may hold. Nature / evolution will have the final say - will we survive ?
The guy complains about everything and everyone. Even this dude who's trying to better his life, he treats like a lowlife. I liked his partner far more than I liked him. And I struggled through the last half of the book.
I was worried this would be a boring trail guide, but I was swept away within the first minute with his humor! A great road trip listen. Not too heavy, yet still informative.
I am not one to read non-fiction books, especially about nature. However, this book wasn't half bad. There were some points that were eye dragging to read, but there were parts where I couldn't stop reading. I had also heard that this book was incredibly hilarious, which is one of the reasons I wanted to read it. However, in my speculation it's not very crazily hilarious. It gave more of a real sarcastic vibe to me, which disappointed me a bit.
Overall though, this was a pretty good non fiction book to start off with.
always wanted to walk the Appalachian Trail, so was looking forward to hearing this book. While it was interesting and I learned a variety of things from it, I also found it annoying in some respects. there are aspects that are funny, but too often the humor is centered around mockery of other people or situations. I grew tired of the authors smug arrogance, and sometimes downright condescension. I'm a Bryson fan (A Short History), but this was disappointing.
I really wanted to like the book. I thought the movie was cute , not great. I was expecting more from the book.
All I can say is wow! Bryson doesn't seem to like anyone or anything. He is of course very descriptive and a storyteller but I became very tired of all his bitching.
I regret my decision to purchase this book.