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A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson


From the author of "Notes from a Small Island" and "The Lost Continent" comes this humorous report on his walk along the Appalachian Trail. The Trail is the longest continuous footpath in the world, and it snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in America.


I am a great Bill Bryson fan and enjoyed reading this book. Although, to tell the truth, it was so realistic that I almost thought I was camping out with them him and his friend.

I was relieved when Bill finally reached a decent place to spend the night, and then found a supermarket where he stocked up on mostly junk food! My heart went out to Katz, who stoically brought up the rear and at times did not speak to Bill for hours. I felt I had walked every inch of the way with them and was thrilled when they finally got to the end and felt quite exhausted!

This is one of those books that makes you feel you have to go the whole way with Bill and Katz otherwise Bill might never make it!

If you don't want to get exhausted, worried about being attacked by bears, poisoned by mice dung or just plain lose your way or starve - go for some lighter Bryson reading where he gets in a car and travels somewhere relatively safe - like Britain!

Bill Bryson is one of those authors that you can get hooked on, and want to congratulate on finishing the task he has set himself.  But for me I prefer a book that does not have all the creepy crawlies in it! Though Bill does have you on the edge of your seat, he is also being so funny with his antics where he is not afraid to give of himself completely to the task in hand. If you like reading on the train you have to be careful that exclamations and laughter at the shennanigans that Bill and his friend get up to - or rather land themselves in!

This is a brilliant book and the fact that he doesn't mind sharing the good and the rough bits of his whole trip; who cares if when he finds a shop he stocks up on junk food! I think I would do the same if I was living off the very natural food found in the woods!


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