A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson - Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods

  • Release Date:     ISBN: 2024192420526065
  • Book Genre: Essays & Memoirs
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson Book Score: 4 0 5
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447 Ratings

A Walk in the Woods Book Summary


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. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakesand to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities 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 along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. 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 beautiful but fragile 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, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of travel literature.

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A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson Book Reviews

  • Laugh out loud reading (sparticus Norticus)

    The only other author who I have read who makes me laugh out loud is the late great political satirist Art Buchwald. Bill Bryson is a great storyteller. His interweaving of fact fantasy and fiction makes for truly enjoyable times. I find his and Katzs' quips to repeatedly cause bouts of gut busting laughter. Read this book near people who need cheering up. Do not read this book while drinking beverages unless you want to spray a mouthful or worse a nose full at your nearby surroundings.
  • Disappointed (LambertM)

    Very disappointed. I agree with another reviewer in saying that it was difficult to finish after you realize he gave up. Not worth my money.
  • The Best Book You Will Ever Read (RedRoseAlways)

    I am still laughing at Bryson's witty, hilarious description of moose!!!! Best book ever. Period. As always, Bryson always writes the most informative, fact filled, entertaining book on the market.
  • Waste of time (Jenx7)

    You wouldn't let a stranger speak to you for an hour about his weak attempt to hike the trail. Don't waste time with this essay.
  • Walk in the Woods (Resq449)

    Humorous, thought provoking, and delightfully descriptive. I could almost feel blisters popping up on my feet, or the strain of a heavy pack. The crisp clean smell of forests and wooded streams and facts were blended into am armchair adventure for all ages.
  • A Walk in the Woods (garyfromboston)

    A great mix of humor and history.
  • This book is terrible. (TD85936)

    I am ashamed I paid for this. What a waste of money.
  • Tedious (Mont Joi)

    Rather boring and uninspiring. I kept waiting for the exciting part to take place, but it never transpired.
  • A very enjoyable read (lilyperiwinkle)

    I really enjoyed this, very humorous!
  • Dull (Vike99)

    Started out ok but could not finish it when i realized neither would the author. Appropriate title - just a walk in the woods.

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