Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Book Review

Title: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By: Bill Bryson
Pages: 304

Book Description:
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 is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

My thoughts:
I really liked this book. I don't call myself a hiker, but I do like being outdoors and the Appalachian Trail is something that has always interested me. This book is both informative and entertaining. The author talks a lot about the history of the trail, of people, of towns...(and so on) as well as conservation efforts and failures. He gives tons of facts and numbers, but then brings you right back to the story of the trail right before you start to lose interest.

Splitting this book into quarters, the 1st and 2nd were hilarious and kept me reading.... I couldn't wait for the 3rd quarter to be over and the 4th was good, but not as great as the first 2 quarters! I guess what I'm trying to say is this book started out strong and then got a bit dull...

I still really liked it though!

If you consider yourself "Outdoorsy" you'd probably like it.

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1 comment:

  1. I don't think I'd ever have the drive or frame of mind to hike the AT -- BUT, it's fascinating. I've heard from many people that this is a good book and it's on my list of three or four books I am going to purchase as soon as my Kindle arrives. =)