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Book Review: A Walk in the Woods


A Walk in the Woods
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By Bill Bryson

Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail. The AT 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 witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. Bryan’s acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile 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, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of literature. 

When I first picked out this Bill Bryson book, I assumed it would be your average coming of age novel, based on the name and cover photo, however I was quite wrong. It fits much more easily with books like Burning Sky because it makes you want to see what the narrator sees, feel what they feel, and smell the scents they smell. The book is divided into two sections that feel quite different. Throughout though Bill Bryson does an amazing job of leading you through the story in a fun way. I can’t say I’ve read another book with this style of writing which is a shame because I quite like it. 


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