5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable and informative read,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Walk In The Woods: The World's Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike (Paperback)
A ' Walk In the Woods' by Bill Bryson - I found to be a both interesting and amusing recount of trekking the Appalachian Trail in the Eastern United States. Bryson's style in this book is to switch between the narrator and knowledge-giver throughout. With the aid of a helpful annotated map at the beginning of the book, I was constantly flicking to and fro to pinpoint wherever a particular episode of the story was taking place. Bryson's perceptions of the various other 'AT' trekkers and dwellers , I found to be hilariously spot-on. Katz was constant as the ever grumbling but inherently stalwart friend who agreed to accompany him on the journey. The grizzly and brown bear data was informative and horrifying. I now know which bear to stay still for and which one to turn and run quickly away from in order to evade! The true magnitude of the task at hand was brought home when after arriving in Gatlinburg after what they thought to be a heroic effort , Bryson and Katz clapped eyes on a map of the full trail length from Georgia to Maine. They realised that they had only done two inches of the four feet map !