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Bill Bryson has made a living out of travelling 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 friend Stephen Katz, Bryson starts out one March morning in north Georgia, intending to walk the entire 2,100 miles to the 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 bodies 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 the Paperback edition.
"'Entertaining and often illuminating'" (Paul Johnson Sunday Telegraph)
"'This is a seriously funny book'" (Sue Townsend The Sunday Times)
"'Irreverent, wildly funny, crowded with anecdotes and observation'" (Fanny Blake Ideal Home)
I find Bill Bryson's description about people fantastic. As a keen walked I was also interested to hear about the Appalachian Trail. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Cheschire Cat
I enjoyed it on the whole but has far too many facts & figures which I eventually had to skip.Published 7 days ago by Ms. J. Kirby
After almost 15 year's still as funny as the first time I read it wonderful adventure told superbly; witty educational and informativePublished 11 days ago by Mrs TN Busby
Very funny and recognisable to anyone that has done any walkingPublished 11 days ago by Clifton Kandler
Read this for the third time and it still as pithy and humorous. Not meant people tell a tale like Bill Bryson. An excellent read.
Ian Smith Spain
This book was not for me. There are funny moments but there are a lot of facts and figures about the trail which do drag on a bitPublished 16 days ago by M. S. Groves