- Audio CD
- Verlag: Corgi Audio; Auflage: Abridged edition. (17. Mai 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0552152153
- ISBN-13: 978-0552152150
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,3 x 2,4 x 12,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 470 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 326.352 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Walk In The Woods: The World's Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike (Bryson, Band 8) (Englisch) Audio-CD – Gekürzte Ausgabe, Audiobook, CD
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Bill Bryson has made a living out of travelling and then writing about it. In The Lost Continent he re-created the road trips of his childhood; in Neither Here nor There he retraced the route he followed as a young backpacker traversing Europe. When this American transplant to Britain decided to return home, he made a farewell walking tour of the British countryside and produced Notes from a Small Island. Once back on American soil and safely settled in New Hampshire, Bryson once again hears the siren call of the open road--only this time it's a trail. The Appalachian Trail, to be exact. In A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson tackles what is, for him, an entirely new subject: the American wilderness. Accompanied only by his old college friend Stephen Katz, Bryson starts out one March morning in north Georgia, intending to walk the entire 2,100 miles to the trail's end atop Maine's Mount Katahdin.
If nothing else, A Walk in the Woods is proof positive that the journey is the destination. As Bryson and Katz haul their out-of-shape, middle-aged bodies over hill and dale, the reader is treated to both a very funny personal memoir and a delightful chronicle of the trail, the people who created it, and the places it passes through. Whether you plan to make a trip like this one yourself one day or only care to read about it, A Walk in the Woods is a great way to spend an afternoon. --Alix Wilber -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
"'Entertaining and often illuminating'" (Paul Johnson Sunday Telegraph)
"'This is a seriously funny book'" (Sue Townsend The Sunday Times)
"'Irreverent, wildly funny, crowded with anecdotes and observation'" (Fanny Blake Ideal Home)
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Then I got a few pages into the book, and thought, 'Who the heck does this guy think he is! ' Not that I'm any sort of zealot, but how many times and in how many situations can you use the word "s**t" in the opening pages? And why? To demonstrate what a [blank] you are? (Go with the pun, OK?) Obviously, I was a bit offended.
But the feeling didn't last; I kept tramping through the book, just as our anti-heroes did on the trail, and before long I was roaring with delight at the sillinesses they observed - in themselves and others - and nodding in agreement at - yes, I'll admit it - the lessons they learned and are now teaching us.
Bottom-line, a great read, the kind of book that makes you want to turn the page and see what happens next. Whether you want to laugh, think, or both, pick this thing up and read it next to a fire on a cold day - and appreciate being inside!
I took a chance on this book on a friends recomendation, and I was not dissapointed. Knowing my penchant for escapism, he steered me directly to this often hilarious account of a middle age writer and his drunk hippy college buddy hiking the appalchian trail. Two more mismached fellows I could not imagine.
This book details a hysterical tale of survivial that leaves you half wanting to call up that old college friend that you haven't seen in 10 years and pack your bags and hit the trail, and half glad to continue to lead your sedintary life writing book reviews on some web site.
The other great positive that this book offers is it's interesting history lessons. I don't think I've learned as much about american history since 10th grade social studies! Bryson has a little Charles Kuralt going on (well, maybe without the love affairs!) as he leaves the trail and gives frank, raucous descriptions of the little towns he finds food and shelter in along the way.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with a good sense of humor, a free weekend (it's a quick read) and an escapist personality.
I don't find this attitude to be macho, as one reviewer suggested. Many quiet, unassuming people have pride in their achievements and would never write about things they weren't able to do in such a swaggering tone. This includes as many women as it does men.
Bryson reminds me of a lot of people who had a sixties mentality when I attended college in the early 70s. They never did much of anything, but they knew something about everything and, secure in this knowledge, they felt superior to everyone else.
Unfortunately, in America, books about failure are currently more popular than books about success. I would hate to see this country go though hard times again, but it would sure bring us all back to reality.
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