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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (original 1997; edição 2006)

por Bill Bryson (Autor)

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Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.
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Título:A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Autores:Bill Bryson (Autor)
Informação:Anchor (2006), Edition: 2nd, 397 pages
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It was funny but not. It was informative, but not. It was an impressive idea, but not.

A couple of things to note-- I guess I don't like books about quitters? I mean, AJ Jacobs doesn't quit and he does some hard stuff. What about Fat Sick and Nearly Dead? Maybe they don't write about the ones they don't finish? Maybe it was supposed to add to the humor.

Second, it was a little condescending in its humor at times. Contemptuous, possibly. That isn't my favorite tone.

Third, it's immature to think that swearwords generate laughter. Because they don't. Swearwords are like exclamation points (there's a reason they're generally used in tandem). They only generate meaning when used sparingly. Otherwise they just exhaust you and suck all the meaning out of that punctuation mark. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
really funny book. read it while I hiked for a week on the Appalachian Trail with my pops. Captures some very funny stuff that I think anyone who goes out hiking notices. So on the whole great book with some also very cool facts about the trail. Sometimes it seems like the author has a little bit of an ax to grind against certain organizations/topics, but it doesn't really detract from the humor.
  royragsdale | Sep 22, 2021 |
Bill Bryson is a good writer and I really got a strong sense of the trails he hiked. There were parts of the book I found funny (like when he's buying his camping equipment) but other parts that I found offensive (like the fat-shaming). And they littered so much! I got a little turned off my how negative Mr. Bryson was towards the parks service and every other organization he mentioned.

So, I found it a mixed bag. In my experience, Mr. Bryson is a writer who has improved with time. I like his new works much more than his earlier ones. ( )
  LynnB | Sep 19, 2021 |
This book started out very strong for me. I loved the author's voice and his subject matter. I read the first half of the book in one sitting, but then upon taking it up again, I faltered. I didn't feel a strong appeal in going back, and I really didn't feel like it was important to finish. There is a bit of a parallel there between my reading and Bryson's hiking, I suppose. It was a good trip down memory lane, recalling my own adventures on the trail. It was interesting to read about some of the history as well. In the end, though, the story just didn't have that spark that kept me asking, "what happens next?" ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Amusing, interspersed with the occasional dire fact about the state of American wilderness. It renewed my interest in hiking the Appalachian Trail. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
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Bryson's breezy, self-mocking tone may turn off readers who hanker for another ''Into Thin Air'' or ''Seven Years in Tibet.'' Others, however, may find themselves turning the pages with increasing amusement and anticipation as they discover that they're in the hands of a satirist of the first rank, one who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio.
 
[Bryson] was often exhausted, his ''brain like a balloon tethered with string, accompanying but not actually part of the body below.'' The reader, by contrast, is rarely anything but exhilarated. And you don't have to take a step.
 

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