A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson / Aug 12, 2020
A Walk in the Woods 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
  • Title: A Walk in the Woods
  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • ISBN: 9780553455922
  • Page: 170
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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 twenty years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail, wh 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 twenty 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.For a start, there s the gloriously out of shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa who accompanies the similarly unfit Bryson on the trail Once Bryson and Katz settle into their stride, it s not long before they come across the fabulously annoying Mary Ellen, whose disappearance ruins a perfectly good slice of pie, a gang of Ralph Lauren attired yuppies from whom Katz appropriates a key piece of equipment, and a security guard in Pennsylvania who, for no ascertainable reason, impounds Bryson s car Mile by arduous mile these latter day pioneers walk America, along the way surviving the threat of bear attacks, the loss of key provisions, and everything else this awe inspiring country can throw at them.But A Walk in the Woods is 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.
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        William McGuire Bill Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951 He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK.In The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson s hilarious first travel book, he chronicled a trip in his mother s Chevy around small town America It was followed by Neither Here Nor There, an account of his first trip around Europe Other travel books include the massive bestseller Notes From a Small Island, which won the 2003 World Book Day National Poll to find the book which best represented modern England, followed by A Walk in the Woods in which Stephen Katz, his travel companion from Neither Here Nor There, made a welcome reappearance , Notes From a Big Country and Down Under.Bill Bryson has also written several highly praised books on the English language, including Mother Tongue and Made in America In his last book, he turned his attention to science A Short History of Nearly Everything was lauded with critical acclaim, and became a huge bestseller It was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, before going on to win the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize His next book, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, is a memoir of growing up in 1950s America, featuring another appearance from his old friend Stephen Katz October 8 sees the publication of A Really Short History of Nearly Everything.

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    1. It s been a busy couple of weeks, so I thought I d spent the last of my holiday indulging in a witty travelogue to set my feet itching Unfortunately, I picked the wrong book Years of declining the advice of the Bryson worshipers, it seems, was not in vain.I m halfway through, and like the author on the daunting trail am unsure as to whether or not I can finish my task Bryson sounds, to put it mildly, a real jerk He s smug and superior, and spends most of the book complaining about his companions [...]


    2. I am what some might call a pussy hiker I do genuinely enjoy a leisurely stroll in the mountains of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire I like the pretty views I always bring my conveniently sized L.L Bean backpack 39.95 from the Kittery Outlets so I have a place for my camera and cell phone But by early afternoon, I would like to be done, please I would like to be done and sitting at a booth in a pub with my burger and beer Camping is certainly worthy of consideration, but here s the deal [...]


    3. I kind of surprised I liked this book at all, because a I read pathetically little non fiction b I ve never read a travelogue ANDc I m only a fan of the Great Outdoors as long as I m safely Indoors.So, color me shocked that I not only finished this, but giggled my way through quite a bit of it Bryson really is a pretty funny writer, and the way he captured his experience on the Appalachian Trail had me in tears a few times His fears about getting mauled by a bear among other things before he sta [...]


    4. I wanted to like Bill Bryson s A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Not sure what I was expecting from this perhaps about hiking on the actual AT and the reasons Bryson made this trek but I was mostly disappointed It read like a series of travel brochures here s the history of the region on this section of the trail, and now another There was much attention devoted to towns along the route than hiking the actual trail It was also disappointing that Bryson noted th [...]


    5. Bill Bryson calls the Appalachian Trail the grandaddy of long hikes, but for me, this book is the granddaddy of hiking memoirs I first read it sometime around 1999, and I enjoyed it so much that not only have I reread this multiple times, but it also inspired me to read at least a dozen other hiking adventures None have matched Bryson s wit Before he started writing long books on various aspects of history, Bryson was known for his entertaining travelogues A Walk in the Woods was his humorous ta [...]


    6. Undoubtedly an amusing, breezy read, full of the kind of fun and hilarity all the blurbs lead you to expect For instance, Hunters will tell you that a moose is a wily and ferocious forest creature Nonsense A moose is a cow drawn by a three year old That had me laughing on the train.I can t say I liked this book quite as much as some of my friends seem to On the one hand, I ve had at least 1 semi grueling backpacking experience with a companion who was wholly unprepared for a rigorous day hike, l [...]


    7. Going into this book, I really had no idea of what to expect from Bill Bryson Even though I picked this book up based on Diane s terrific review review show , I had never read the author before and let s face it blurbs on the cover only tell you so much You have to read and live with an author s prose to get a feel for it As far as travelogues go, I don t read many Paul Theroux, Mark Twain and Steinbeck s Travels with Charley are the only ones that come to mind So I plunged in and I m happy I di [...]


    8. A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail pressed all my favorite buttons Humor Adventure Danger Storytelling Nature Local personal interest Et cetera.I even liked that the author Bill Bryson is a American Brit ex pat transplant and thus an outsider giving his opinion as a stranger in a strange land Bryson s humorous, well researched, yet relaxed writing is what I always hope for when embarking upon a book like this.A trek upon the Appalachian Trail is supposed to be rel [...]


    9. Well, scratch the Appalachian Trail off my bucketlist Bryson sets off to walk the Appalachian trail with only an extremely overpriced backpack packed with equally ridiculously expensive gear , an old friend that he hadn t talked to in years and a will to find his next story He quickly realized that the months of preparation he conducted and the lack of months his friend prepared were not nearly adequate But on the plus side, he certainly found his story.As always, I absolutely enjoyed his signat [...]


    10. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum After reading A Man Called Ove last week, I was afraid nothing would compare and I d be stuck in book hangover mode unless I picked something totally different from what I normally read I decided to go to the library website incognito in order to not get the typical porny recommendations made just for me and get the generally recommended ones instead Obviously A Walk In The Woods was a book that appeared on the list and I remembered way back when I was thi [...]


    11. Imagine a grueling, four month wilderness trek along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine Your guide an intellectual, who lived half his life in England, well versed in geology, zoology, ecology and pretty much all of the other ologies Yet, this far from ordinary guide summons the sparkle of Twain, and of Billy Crystal Picture all of this for a sense of what can be found inside the covers of Bill Bryson s A Walk in the Woods Bryson, a self deprecating intellectual of the first order, prov [...]


    12. Bill Bryson is extremely annoying I started out liking this book, but the further I went along, the obnoxious I found the author s smarter than thou attitude And that s a shame, too, because I was very interested in the subject matter and had the impression that Bryson wrote with a comedic edge However, his sense of humor turns out to be quite bland, and consists mostly of making fun of everyone he meets Get ready for adjectives like stupid and fat very high brow And don t worry, you ll hear th [...]


    13. In A Walk in the Woods , Bryson narrates his experiences on the Appalachian Trail which stretches 2000 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, passing through eleven states and populated with all kinds of peril imaginable As Bryson saysThe woods were full of peril rattlesnakes and water moccasins and nests of copperheads bobcat, bears, coyotes, wolves, and wild boar loony hillbillies destabilized by gross quantities of impure corn liquor and generations of profoundly [...]


    14. I m no city mouse I m a country mouse who lives in jeans and who often has a thick layer of soil under her nails from gardening But, when compared to my brother, I seem like Zsa Zsa Gabor or Beyonc.My brother is like Inman, from Cold Mountain A man who walks and walks and walks, all over Appalachia.He knows how to forage for food and how to identify what is good and what is bad, out in nature I can point to anything within the plant kingdom, and he knows its name He composts all of his own waste [...]


    15. Definitely read the book if you re a fan of the outdoors and hiking I learned about the book after watching the movie, and let me say, the book to me was much better.


    16. When I chose this book I failed to understand the author s intention Look at the subtitle I hadn t noted the words Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail This book is not for people who love hiking it is not intended to increase love of the sport It scarcely shows the pleasure one can derive from hiking It is instead a commentary on America with some details about the Appalachian Trail I have to admit my own fault in not carefully reading the complete title I still must rate according to [...]


    17. I have read most of Bill Bryson s books and they are all good excellent even His gift is in his ability to detect the humor in any situation Where you or I might see a man walking down the street he sees something, and articulates it so well, packed with humor But this book is his best The reason, I think, is that it takes him out of his element His natural writing style is this so called travel writing genre the idea that someone goes somewhere and writes about it and their time there But most [...]


    18. I chose this book in hopes it would rekindle my appetite for hiking The book easily did that I also found this to be such a pleasurable read I looked forward at every stolen opportunity to read another chapter It delivered each time.


    19. This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.I am terribly disappointed by the fact that I did not fall in love with this book When I was choosing a book to read, I took one look at the ratings for this book on and knew that I had to read this book right away Seriously, every single one of my friends on gave this book either a 4 or 5 star rating And they said it was funny I love funny I knew that I would just love this book.I didn t love it I was actually bored for most of this book I d [...]


    20. A WALK IN THE WOODS was just okay The author and his friend did not get to hike the entire trail as they had originally intended, which was not only disappointing for them, but for me as well.I learned about the history of the trail and how the whole thing works I previously had no idea that the trail sometimes crosses roads and rivers and whatnot I had this picture of a pristine wilderness in my head and while some parts are just that, others are not I thought there would be a bit humor than t [...]


    21. Let me just get this out of the way first Sorry, Trish I couldn t help myself I have no willpower I am officially the world s worst buddy reader Right, as for the book I enjoyed it The only Bryson I ve read before this was his book about hiking in my native UK and, perhaps because this book deals with territory I m a lot less familiar with, I preferred this one I enjoyed Bryson s wry, despairing sense of humour I enjoyed his interactions with his walking buddy, Katz not sure of the spelling I li [...]


    22. Sometimes I wonder if I have been too judgemental with a book, I returned and reread a good chunk of this and feel if anything I was too generous The problem I feel is that Bryson s humour is all about people The odd people he meets and the funny things they say On a footpath, in a forest, there are not many people and the interactions between Bryson and his sidekick Katz don t carry the weight of my expectations The other ingredient in Bryson s style is a general attitude that the world is goin [...]


    23. It s the longest armchair hike I ve ever taken and I ve enjoyed every minute of it I know I will never do this for real so this is next best I enjoyed reading about the history of the AT and all the other stories that BB included in the report of his adventures.


    24. This is a book I had always thought to read, but never had I am very pleased that I finally got round to it If you re wanting something funny and absorbing for the flight home, to sit on the patio with a cup of coffee, or you re your favorite chair staring out the window you have found it in A Walk in the Woods I m intrigued by stories of people who take to challenging adventures I ll never be one of them Bill Bryson and Katz kept me laughing and entertained for hours I latterly was laugh crying [...]


    25. I love Bill Bryson s books, and this one is no exception Bryson tells the story of his hiking up the Appalachian Trail AT for short with his friend, Stephen Katz His friend is quite a character, and I sort of wonder if he is a real person, or if he is invented But Katz is such a wonderful character, he is probably real, because inventing him would be nearly impossible He is a recovering alcoholic, overweight sort of slob who throws out his irreplaceable supplies when the going gets tough It seem [...]


    26. i always tell people that they will either love this and most of his other books to death, or that they will find them utterly unamusing i find them hilarious i have never laughed so hard while reading a book as with Bryson s books Give it a go you ll know after the first few chapters whether you share his witty, tasteful sense of humor or not


    27. I have had 4 5 people tell me over the years that I ought to read this book, so after Jean read it I kept it around the house And one evening when I had finished a book and wasn t all that sleepy, I picked this up.And it made me very sleepy Lots of sleepy nights with this selection.Yes, and he s a good writer and this has a few nice little anecdotes.But jeez, it s just not a very interesting or very good book, that s all Let s see, it s by a guy who doesn t really like to hike he d rather be wal [...]


    28. I really enjoyed A Walk in the Woods, the first book I ve read by Bill Bryson I enjoyed Part 1, where Katz was Bryson s trail companion, than Part 2 but still liked all of it The book has a very good balance of story, humor including plenty of sarcasm , and Appalachian Trail history and information Hiking the AT or anything similar really is something I than likely would never do I am a day nature r, enjoying outdoorsy activities for the day, usually one day at a time, and if anything, am of [...]


    29. We trudged through a cold, silent world of bare trees, beneath pewter skies, on ground like iron The events in this book took place in 1996 when Bill Bryson was living in New Hampshire and noticed a disappearing trail going through the region He wondered where it led It was the Appalachian Trail which in its entirety was than 2,100 miles in length, snaking along the eastern seaboard, crossing 14 states, from Georgia to Maine Bryson thought it might be a good idea to walk the trail What better w [...]


    30. Bryson has a great sense of humor, and does a good job of capturing the quirkiness of backwood folk However, I was sometimes frustrated by his viewpoints, which dampened my opinion and enjoyment of this book For instance, Bryson says on page 199 To tell you the truth I was getting a little wearied of this remote wilderness I know the Apalachian Trail is suposed to be a wilderness experience, and I accept that there are countless places where it would be a tragedy for it to be otherwise, but some [...]


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