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A Walk in the Woods | [Bill Bryson]

A Walk in the Woods

After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.
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"Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire, I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town." So begins Bill Bryson's hilarious book, A Walk in the Woods. Following his return to America after 20 years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The AT, as it's affectionately known to thousands of hikers, offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes - and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude, and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this fragile and beautiful trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, a lament, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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    DWM Bradenton, FL 09-20-08
    DWM Bradenton, FL 09-20-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Much preachier than funny"

    The author lectures us on how terrible the US government, US Forestry Department, US Southerns and any not of his self appointed superior level is and it continues throughout the book. He clearly thinks he's very funny and the book is amusing for a time. I enjoyed imaging myself tackling the "AT", but the author can't get out of his own way to let us enjoy the journey because he feels the need to 'educate' us simpletons. Furthermore, the author appears to to have adopted a British accent (but I believe he's American) and this wears on you after a while.

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    Alan Rither Richland, WA USA 04-04-05
    Alan Rither Richland, WA USA 04-04-05 Member Since 2003
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    "If you're looking for excitement, look elsewhere!"

    This book was a real disappointment. As an avid hiker, I was looking forward to something that would remind me of the glorious vistas, the cascading rivers and the challenging experiences of being on one of the world's premier hiking trails. Instead all I heard was a droning voice and the quirks of a strange fellow who didn't know why he was going on the trip. If you want stream-of-consciousness rambling, this is the book for you, but if you're looking for adventure, you probably would want to look elsewhere.

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    Robert Fitchburg, MA, USA 01-30-06
    Robert Fitchburg, MA, USA 01-30-06
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    "Bad language"

    I've hiked a few portions of the AT and thought this would be a good read. I was disappointed by the bad language used and the author's apparent disrepect of others with different views (even though some of it was his humor I didn't appreciate it).

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