"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 20 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. 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.weiterlesen
It's a rare guy who could make me want to walk 2,100 miles, but Bill Bryson managed. Talking about his adventures on the Appalachian Trail with his dry wit and in his distinctive accent, Bryson made me want to strap on a pack and hit the woods. (Bryson, an American, lived in England for 20 years and then moved back; his accent is still caught somewhere in the middle). By the by, the author's companion on the trail, one Steven Katz, is among the most interesting characters you'll ever meet in a book...but I'll leave it to Bryson to describe him; I couldn't possibly do him justice. (Leslie G.)
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