Tuesday, May 15, 2018

In a Sunburned Country Paperback – May 15, 2001 by Bill Bryson (Broadway Books)

Bryson's humor is laugh-out-loud-in -the-middle-of-the-night delicious! His weaving of the natural and political history of the area covered by the AT, as well as other notable sites, particularly our National Parks, with his observations and experiences on the trail, make this book a treasure and a delight unlike any other book of its kind. IS there another book anything like this? Not really, though there are many written accounts of hiking the AT, most quite good. No other author has given readers the rich description of landscape, and certainly not the depth and breadth of geological, botanical and human history surrounding the trail that Bill Bryson delivers, with wit and a command of language and vocabulary that is at once so accessible and yet so richly diverse. All while retaining a distinctly entertaining British paradigm. That said, it does enrich the book to be able to visualize Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in the lead characters of Bryson's tale.

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