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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

de Bill Bryson

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The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America??majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you??re going to take a hike, it??s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you??ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way??and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and… (mais)

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A British writer hiking the Appalachian Trail
Bill Bryson is a witty writer, and his account of a hike along the Appalachian trail in the summer of 1996 is at times hilarious. He also provides a lot of interesting history, geology and ecology. As he is considering doing the walk, he reads a book about bear attacks and almost decides not to go. He contacts many of his friends to find someone to go with him, and Stephen Katz, a reformed alcoholic and out of shape, decides to come along. Katz's antics are some of the funniest parts of the book. They hike willingly from the start of the trail through Georgia, cross the Tennessee portion, then hike the Shenadoah portion to Front Royal. They started in March and it is now May. They decide to take the summer to attend to other business, but promise to meet in August to do the Maine portion of the trail. Bryson day hikes along snippets of the trail in Pennsylvania (his account of the Centralia anthracite coal fire, burning since 1962, is fascinating), Delaware Water Gap, Massachussets, Vermont and New Hampshire. He almost freezes in a change of weather on Mount Washington. Katz joins him in Maine, and they start across the Hundred Mile Wilderness, the most difficult part of the trail. They walk for several days in very hot weather, climbing nearly vertical rock walls and fording a pond. Katz becomes disoriented with thirst, and lost the trail for a day. After a few more miles, the pair decide that they have had it, find a logging road and hitch a ride to Milo, Me. In the end, Bryson figures he had hiked for 870 miles, about a third of the trail's length. ( )
  neurodrew | Apr 28, 2024 |
Author and humorist Bill Bryson writes about his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail in the mid-1990s. This tale has been charming readers for nearly three decades, but it fell a bit flat for me. Unlike Grandma Gatewood, whose walk I read about last year, Bryson didn’t actually hike the entire trail Also, I didn’t appreciate the slightly contemptuous, condescending tone Bryson assumes toward the Southern Appalachians and especially Gatlinburg, a tourist spot for many, but also a stomping ground for locals like me. Bryson bemoans the fact that of the fifteen Gatlinburg tourist attractions he listed in his The Lost Continent, published nearly a decade earlier, only three of them were still there when he returned on his Appalachian Trail journey. I can tell you that at least three of them weren’t in Gatlinburg a decade earlier, either, because they were actually several miles away in Pigeon Forge. I’ve been to Bonnie Lou and Buster’s music theater (although not for the Bonnie Lou and Buster Country Music Show), and it was most definitely in Pigeon Forge. So was Carbo’s Police Museum and the Irlene Mandrell Hall of Stars Museum and Shopping Mall. Bryson claims the missing attractions had been replaced by new ones such as Hillbilly Golf, which was already there the first time he visited Gatlinburg. I guess he just missed it. When I was a child and eagerly anticipating a trip to Gatlinburg, Hillbilly Golf was the landmark that indicated we had arrived. It makes me wonder about what else Bryson missed in places that I’m not familiar with. ( )
  cbl_tn | Apr 27, 2024 |
Not the best, but still gave me a chuckle and a think. ( )
  Zehava42 | Jan 23, 2024 |
Con casi 3.500 km de longitud, el sendero de los Montes Apalaches es el camino pedestre más largo del mundo. Discurre por el Este de Norteamérica a lo largo de catorce estados, desde Maine hasta Georgia, y atraviesa algunos de los paisajes más indescriptiblemente bellos del continente. Sin apenas experiencia en senderismo, desafiando las adversidades meteorológicas y geográficas, y menoscabando el peligro de una fauna hostil (desde el improbable oso americano hasta el amenazado mejillón de agua dulce), el socarrón Bill Bryson decide emprender el camino acompañado únicamente de su ácida capacidad descriptiva, una mochila cargada de cosas inútiles y su tosco amigo Katz, cuya forma física es incluso más lamentable que la suya propia. Autor de numerosos títulos de éxito, Bryson demuestra en tono humorístico que la descripción naturalista y el retrato de costumbres pueden convivir perfectamente con la sátira, la militancia medioambiental y la crítica mordaz al sistema en el que vivimos.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Jan 4, 2024 |
On three attempts, I made it all the way to page 9. This is just not my kind of thing, so I'm not going to even rate it.
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Bryson's breezy, self-mocking tone may turn off readers who hanker for another ''Into Thin Air'' or ''Seven Years in Tibet.'' Others, however, may find themselves turning the pages with increasing amusement and anticipation as they discover that they're in the hands of a satirist of the first rank, one who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio.
 
[Bryson] was often exhausted, his ''brain like a balloon tethered with string, accompanying but not actually part of the body below.'' The reader, by contrast, is rarely anything but exhilarated. And you don't have to take a step.
 

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The book to which I refer is Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance by a Canadian academic named Stephen Herrero. If this is not the last word on the subject, the I really, really, really do not wish to hear the last word. [Chapter 2]
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The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America??majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you??re going to take a hike, it??s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you??ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way??and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and

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