9780552997027

A Walk in the Woods

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David

ISBN 10: 0552997021 / 0-552-99702-1
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Publisher: Black Swan Books, Limited
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:
The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America. At the age of forty-four, in the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike through the vast tangled woods which have been frightening sensible people for three hundred years. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.

Review:
Your initial reaction to Bill Bryson's reading of A Walk in the Woods may well be "Egads! What a bore!" But by sentence three or four, his clearly articulated, slightly adenoidal, British/American-accented speech pattern begins to grow on you and becomes quite engaging. You immediately get a hint of the humor that lies ahead, such as one of the innumerable reasons he longed to walk as many of the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail as he could. "It would get me fit after years of waddlesome sloth" is delivered with glorious deadpan flair. By the time our storyteller recounts his trip to the Dartmouth Co-op, suffering serious sticker shock over equipment prices, you'll be hooked.

When Bryson speaks for the many Americans he encounters along the way--in various shops, restaurants, airports, and along the trail--he launches into his American accent, which is whiny and full of hard r's. And his southern intonations are a hoot. He's even got a special voice used exclusively when speaking for his somewhat surprising trail partner, Katz. In the 25 years since their school days together, Katz has put on quite a bit of weight. In fact, "he brought to mind Orson Welles after a very bad night. He was limping a little and breathing harder than one ought to after a walk of 20 yards." Katz often speaks in monosyllables, and Bryson brings his limited vocabulary humorously to life. One of Katz's more memorable utterings is "flung," as in flung most of his provisions over the cliff because they were too heavy to carry any farther.

The author has thoroughly researched the history and the making of the Appalachian Trail. Bryson describes the destruction of many parts of the forest and warns of the continuing perils (both natural and man-made) the Trail faces. He speaks of the natural beauty and splendor as he and Katz pass through, and he recalls clearly the serious dangers the two face during their time together on the trail. So, A Walk in the Woods is not simply an out-of-shape, middle-aged man's desire to prove that he can still accomplish a major physical task; it's also a plea for the conservation of America's last wilderness. Bryson's telling is a knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud funny trek through the woods, with a touch of science and history thrown in for good measure. (Running time: 360 minutes, four cassettes) --Colleen Preston

Review

Review:
"Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire, I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town."

So begins Bill Bryson's hilarious book A Walk in the Woods.  Following his return to America after twenty years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.  The AT, as it's affectionately known to thousands of hikers, 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 test his own powers of ineptitude, and 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 who accompanies the similarly unfit Bryson on the trail.  Once Bryson and Katz settle into their stride, it's not long before they come across the fabulously annoying Mary Ellen, whose disappearance ruins a perfectly good slice of pie, a gang of Ralph Lauren-attired yuppies from whom Katz appropriates a key piece of equipment, and a security guard in Pennsylvania who, for no ascertainable reason, impounds Bryson's car.  Mile by arduous mile these latter-day pioneers walk America, along the way surviving the threat of bear attacks, the loss of key provisions, and everything else this awe-inspiring country can throw at them.  

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 fragile and beautiful 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, a lament, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

From the Inside Flap

Editorial reviews may belong to another edition of this title.
 

A Walk in the Woods: Search Results

1.

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David
ISBN 10: 0552997021
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Bookseller: The Book Depository (Slough, United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Transworld Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised ed. 196 x 128 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America. At the age of forty-four, in the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike through the vast tangled woods which have been frightening sensible people for three hundred years. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime s ambition - not to die outdoors. Bookseller Inventory # EAS9780552997027

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 11.61
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
2.

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David
ISBN 10: 0552997021
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Bookseller: The Book Depository US (Gloucester, ., United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Transworld Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised ed. 196 x 128 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America. At the age of forty-four, in the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike through the vast tangled woods which have been frightening sensible people for three hundred years. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime s ambition - not to die outdoors. Bookseller Inventory # EAS9780552997027

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 13.56
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
3.

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David
ISBN 10: 0552997021
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Bookseller: Grand Eagle Retail (Romulus, MI, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 127mm x 198mm x 23mm. Paperback. The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celeb.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 368 pages. 0.261. Bookseller Inventory # 9780552997027

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 13.60
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
4.

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David
ISBN 10: 0552997021
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Bookseller: Book Deals (Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 3-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Black Swan, 1997. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0552997021

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 14.90
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
5.

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David
ISBN 10: 0552997021
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Bookseller: Kennys Bookshop and Art Galleries Ltd. (Galway, N/A, Ireland)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 10

Book Description: Black Swan, London. Book Condition: New. 1998. paperback / softback. Paperback. . . . . . Over 350,000 customers served online!. Bookseller Inventory # V9780552997027

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 14.92
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From Ireland to U.S.A.
6.

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David
ISBN 10: 0552997021
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Bookseller: Chiron Media (OXON, ., United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 2

Book Description: Black Swan, London 1998-07-01, 1998. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-BER-00098291

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 10.31
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.68
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
7.

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David
ISBN 10: 0552997021
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Bookseller: Alden Books (New York, NY, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 4

Book Description: Random House. Book Condition: New. pp. 350. Bookseller Inventory # 061417920

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 11.06
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
8.

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David
ISBN 10: 0552997021
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Bookseller: Majestic Books (London, ,, United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 4

Book Description: Random House. Book Condition: New. pp. 350. Bookseller Inventory # 6426653

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 7.03
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 8.62
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
9.

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David
ISBN 10: 0552997021
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Bookseller: English-Book-Service - A Fine Choice (Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 5

Book Description: Book Condition: New. Publisher/Verlag: Black Swan | Format: Paperback | Language/Sprache: english | 264 gr | 349 pp. Bookseller Inventory # K9780552997027

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 11.55
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.29
From Germany to U.S.A.
10.

Bryson, Bill; Cook, David
ISBN 10: 0552997021
ISBN 13: 9780552997027
Bookseller: Kennys Bookstore (Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 10

Book Description: Black Swan, London. Book Condition: New. 1998. paperback / softback. Paperback. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland . Bookseller Inventory # V9780552997027

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 16.19
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
View All Listings for this Book