A Walk in the Woods
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian TrailBook - 1998
Following his return to America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The "AT" offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with Bryson's comic genius, it also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. For a start there's his gloriously out-of-shape buddy from Iowa who accompanies the similarly unfit Bryson on the trail. Mile by arduous mile these latter-day pioneers survive the threat of bear attacks, the loss of key provisions, a gang of Ralph Lauren-attired yuppies, and a security guard who, for no reason, impounds Bryson's car. But 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 a modern classic of travel literature.--Adapted from book jacket.
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multcolib_alisonk Jul 14, 2014
At turns laugh-out-loud funny and infuriating, this book will make you feel as though you've gone on a long hike without ever having to lace your boots.
Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.
multcolib_hollywood Dec 09, 2013
A witty, self-effacing, laugh-out-loud tale of two out of shape guys trying to follow through on the crazy notion that they can walk the entire 2100 mile Appalachian Trail.
multcolib Jul 16, 2013
Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine.
multcolib Apr 11, 2013
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America. If you're going to take a hike back east, it's probably the place to go. Bryson is a brilliant observer of people and he will make you laugh out loud, mostly as you see yourself in... Read More »
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"If there is one thing the Appalachian Trail teaches, it is low-level ecstasy-something we could all do with more of in our lives."
In America, alas, beauty has become something you drive to, and nature an either/or proposition--either you ruthlessly subjugate it, as at Tocks Dam and a million other places, or you deify it, treat it as something holy and remote, a thing apart, as along the Appalachian Trail. (p. 200)
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