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    DescriptionThe 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.


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    Title
    A Walk in the Woods
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Bryson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780552997027
    ISBN 10: 0552997021
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24000
    DC21: 917.304929
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NENGLD
    Libri: USAA5072
    Ingram Theme: CULT/APPALC
    Ingram Subject Code: TS
    BISAC V2.8: SPO018000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    Libri: P0040881, REIS2400, REIS2500, REIS5300
    DC22: 917.40443
    BISAC V2.8: TRV025040, TRV025060
    Thema V1.0: WTH, SZC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB-US-NE, 1KBB-US-N
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    map
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Black Swan
    Publication date
    01 August 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Bill Bryson is much loved for his bestselling travel books, from The Lost Continent to Down Under, but Notes from a Small Island has earned a particularly special place in the nation's heart (a national poll for World Book Day in 2003 voted it the book that best represents Britain). His acclaimed A Short History of Nearly Everything won the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. He has now returned to live in the UK with his wife and family. www.billbryson.co.uk
    Review quote
    "Choke-on-your-coffee funny" Washington Post "This is a seriously funny book" -- Sue Townsend The Sunday Times "Short of doing it yourself, the best way of escaping into nature is to read a book like A Walk in the Woods... Mr Bryson has met this challenge with zest and considerable humor... a funny book, full of dry humor... the reader is rarely anything but exhilarated" The New York Times "Entertaining and often illuminating" -- Paul Johnson Sunday Telegraph "Irreverent, wildly funny, crowded with anecdotes and observation" Ideal Home
    Review text
    The Appalachian Trail - from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Mount Katahdin, Me. - consists of some five million steps, and Bryson (Notes from a Small Island, 1996, etc.) seems to coax a laugh, and often an unexpectedly startling insight, out of each one he traverses. It's not all yuks - though it is hard not to grin idiotically through all 288 pages - for Bryson is a talented portraitist of place. He did his natural-history homework, which is to say he knows a jack-o-lantern mushroom from a hellbender salamander from a purple wartyback mussel, and can also write seriously about the devastation of chestnut blight. He laces his narrative with gobbets of trail history and local trivia, and he makes real the "strange and palpable menace" of the dark deep woods in which he sojourns, the rough-hewn trailscape "mostly high up on the hills, over lonely ridges and forgotten hollows that no one has ever used or coveted," celebrating as well the "low-level ecstasy" of finding a book left thoughtfully at a trail shelter, or a broom with which to sweep out the shelter's dross. Yet humor is where the book finds its cues - from Bryson's frequent trail companion, the obese and slothful Katz, a spacious target for Bryson's sly wit, to moments of cruel and infantile laughs, as when he picks mercilessly on the witless woman who, admittedly, ruined a couple of their days. But for the most part the humor is bright sarcasm, flashing with drollery and intelligence, even when it's a far yodel from political sensitivity. Then Bryson will take your breath away with a trenchant critique of the irredeemably vulgar vernacular strip that characterizes many American downtowns, or of other signs of decay he encounters off the trail (though the trail itself he comes to love). "Walking is what we did," Bryson states: 800-plus out of the 2,100-plus miles, and that good sliver is sheer comic travel entertainment. (Kirkus Reviews)
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    God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath--The Appalachian Trail. The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine. It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas. With his offbeat sensibility, his eye for the absurd, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humour, Bryson recounts his confrontations with nature at its most uncompromising over his five-month journey. An instant classic, riotously funny, "A Walk in the Woods will add a whole new audience to the legions of Bill Bryson fans.