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A Walk in the Woods

By Bill Bryson

Rating: 4 stars

Written when Bryson and his family were back in the States, this book charts his attempts, with his friend Katz (last mentioned in Neither Here Nor There) to walk the Appalachian Trail, a hiking route that stretches along the entire eastern seaboard of the United States, taking in over two thousand miles.

I really enjoyed this book. I had approached it with some trepidation since a friend had said that she didn’t like it, despite being a Bryson fan, but I found it funny, informative and entertaining. Unlike Neither Here Nor There, I felt that Bryson enjoyed his journey, despite his moaning, and any anger he had was directed at the mismanagement of nature by the US authorities, and which is slowly being wiped out by industrialisation, mismanagement and plain inattention. A great read.

Book details

Publisher: Black Swan
Year of publication: 1998

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