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Bill Bryson – A walk in the woods (04-055)

Bill Bryson – A walk in the woods (04-055)

Number: 04-055
Title: A walk in the woods
Author: Bill Bryson
Language: English (USA)
Year: 1997
# Pages: 350 (10720)
Category: Travel
ISBN: 0-552-99702-1

Bryson is one of the best travel authors in the history of the genre. He combines a sharp observing mind, with a huge dose of knowledge, throws in an English style humour and thus has found a great way to describe his travels.

In this volume he starts walking the Appalachian Trail with an old friend who he hasn’t seen for years, recovering alcoholic Katz. They start down south, though it is still the end of the winter and have to survive snow and cold. After quite a while they realise that they will never make it all the way to Maine. From there on they do walk parts of the trail, together or alone. Through endless woods, where on some days they meet some other hikers, on other days nobody at all. A story filled with the pros and cons of modern hiking equipment, the eternal search for water, small town villages, bears and moose’s, snickers and pasta, shelters and nights in tents.

Bryson’s sense of humour makes the story a great read, though, imho he is better when describing people, hence when he travels from city to city.
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