Teen Review: A Walk in the Woods / by Bill Bryson PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 February 2013 00:00

altImagine a rugged footpath going north-south across the United States, now imagine that you are slightly overweight, aging, and have no prior experience in the wilderness. You would be in the situation that Bill Bryson is in, in the book A Walk in the Woods.

The Appalachian Trail is a hiking footpath that stretches about 2,100 miles down the Appalachian Mountains on the East coast. Bryson lived in a small New Hampshire town less than a mile away from the trail. After taking a couple of day hikes, he decides that he would like to hike the entire thing, from Georgia, NH to Maine.
Bill recruits an old friend whom he hasn’t seen in years. When his friend, Katz arrives in New Hampshire, Bill sees that Katz is significantly overweight. Despite this, the two embark from Georgia. On the trail they encounter many harrowing - and hilarious - things. Bryson narrates it with wit and keeps it engaging.

This is an interesting depiction of two men who embarked into the woods with no prior knowledge or experience. A Walk in the Woods is a page-turner, in which you want to know what is beyond each bend in the trail.

(Zane, ETHS)

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