Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Walk in the Woods Review

 About the Book

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 lakes--and 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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This book actually surprised me with its humor and down to earth writing. There are a lot of facts about the AT that I never knew and other random history tidbits/facts throughout the book. While there is a lot of cussing I still enjoyed the overall story line of this journey for Katz and Bryson. I like looking into other people's lives and out of all of the the "walk the trail" type books this one is the most detailed in what it is actually like. For a fresh look into someone's story while walking the trail this is a pretty good read. 

Four stars. 

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."

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