A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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It s been a busy couple of weeks so I thought I d spent the last of my holiday indulging in a witty travelogue to set my feet itching Unfortunately I picked the wrong book Years of declining the advice of the Bryson worshipers it seems was not in vainI m halfway through and like the author on the daunting trail am unsure as to whether or not "I Can Finish My Task Bryson Sounds To Put It "can finish my task Bryson sounds to put it a eal jerk He s smug and superior and spends most of the book complaining about his companions on the trail A common motif is how everyone one is but a weekend hiker that he is a true back to nature type in comparison True some of his encounters sound less than thrilling but even the obnoxious woman he encounters should get credit for tackling the trail by herself Instead she s unceremoniously ditched in eal life as well as print by the man who couldn t stomach the thought of going alone He enlists the companionship of a long lost friend with whom he d proven incompatible on a previous travel experience Said friend is then derided throughout the book for his sloth oughness in manner and lowbrow tastes Meanwhile Bryson paints himself as Guardian of the Trail criticising the Parks Service along with all who venture through her woodsI m still waiting for even a glimpse of the much vaunted Bryson wit and charm to show itself At the moment he s nothing than the stereotypical Blue Stater putting himself on a pedestal while looking down his nose at everyone else It "s not attractive and it makes for a very frustrating ead I wish he d stayed home I kind of surprised "not attractive and it makes for a very frustrating ead I wish he d stayed home I kind of surprised liked this book at all because a I ead pathetically little non fiction b I ve never ead a travelogue ANDc I m only a fan of the Great Outdoors as long as I m safely IndoorsSo color me shocked that I not only finished this but giggled my way through uite a bit of it Bryson eally is a pretty funny writer and the way he captured his experience on the Appalachian Trail had me in tears a few times His fears about getti. An alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780552997027 can be found hereFrom the author of Notes from a Small Island an. .
Ng mauled by a bear "among other things before he started off were especially hysterical and maybe that s because "other things before he started off were especially hysterical and maybe that s because could see a lot of myself in his initial terror of spending so much time surrounded byNATURENow there was a decent sized chunk towards the middle of the book that I just had to grit my teeth and push on through Bryson s friend Katz wasn t with him during this portion and the difference in the tone of during this portion and the difference in the tone of writing is eally noticeable Lots and lots and lots of mind numbing details about the Trail and very little of his experiences And while all of that sort of info is elevant to the book it s also the main eason that I don t actively seek out non fiction or travelogues Eventually Katz comes back to finish out the hike and the story vastly improves but it never managed to ecapture the humor or spirit that it had in the beginning But that s only MY opinionAnd I eally did enjoy the last bits of the book a lot Especially the moments between Katz Bryson there towards the endOverall I d say this was a winner And even if the
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thing wasn to my liking the first half was an easy 5 star ead for meIn fact it made me want to call up my BFF to see if she wanted to take the kids camping this summer so we could poop near a waterfallYou know instead of meeting at a hotel on the beach and drinking ourselves silly while the kids play in the surfAnd then I thought about that sentence BwahahahahahahahaNo JustnoSee you in Florida Jill I ll bring the blender I wanted to like Bill Bryson s A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Not sure what I was expecting from this perhaps about hiking on the actual AT and the easons Bryson made this trek but I was mostly disappointed It ead like a series of travel brochures here s the history of the egion on this section of the trail and now anotherThere was much attention devoted to towns along the oute than hiking the actual trail It was also disappointing that Bryson noted the historical stereot. D The Lost Continent comes this humorous eport on his walk along the Appalachian Trail The Trail is the longest
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Ypes of Appalachian people and casually confirmed their stupidity without any eal interaction not once but many times The smugness of his emarks was irritating I still would like to hike the AT but Bryson did little illuminate what it s eally like to hike the trail except to offer that "it s what most people expect Definitely ead the book if you e a fan of the "s not what most people expect Definitely ead the book if you e a fan of the and hiking I learned about the book after watching the movie and let me say the book to me was much better Bill Bryson is extremely annoying I started out liking this book but the further I went along the obnoxious I found the author s smarter than thou attitude And that s a shame too because I was very interested in the subject matter and had the impression that Bryson wrote with a comedic edge However his sense of humor turns out to be uite bland and consists mostly of making fun of everyone he meets Get eady for adjectives like stupid and fat very high brow And don t worry you ll hear the standard inbred jokes as he hikes through the SouthLike hypocritical ants You ll get plenty here he eviscerates the National Park system but that doesn t stop him from taking full advantage of all its amenities He ips tourists who just stop by the AT to do uick hikes eat cheeseburgers at fast food estaurants then hop in their cars and move on and yet he spends much of the middle section of the book doing just that He also ips unprepared hikers who don t know what they e doing much like the time later in the book when he leaves his windbreaker at home while hiking in The Presidentials Also He Sets Out To Hike The Entire Presidentials also he sets out to hike the entire of the AT but gives up when he looks at a map in Gatlinburg and ealizes gasp the AT is eally long Seriously You didn t look at a map BEFORE you started hiking Needless to say he gave up immediatelyNot that there s anything wrong with giving up I guess this writer s just not for me he comes across as having a little disdain for the est of the world than he has a ight to. Ontinuous footpath in the world and it snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in Ameri.

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