By Bill Bryson
Again in the United States after 20 years in Britain, invoice Bryson determined to reacquaint himself along with his local state through strolling the 2,100-mile Appalachian path, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT deals an awesome panorama of silent forests and gleaming lakes--and to a author with the comedian genius of invoice Bryson, it additionally presents never-ending possibilities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.
For a commence there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a blood brother from Iowa alongside for the stroll. regardless of Katz's overwhelming wish to locate comfortable eating places, he and Bryson ultimately settle into their stride, and whereas at the path they meet a strange collection of hilarious characters. yet A stroll within the Woods is greater than only a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a sensible witness to this gorgeous yet fragile path, and as he tells its attention-grabbing historical past, he makes a relocating plea for the conservation of America's final nice barren region. An event, a comedy, and a party, A stroll within the Woods is destined to turn into a contemporary vintage of commute literature.
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Katz was arrestingly larger than when I had last seen him. He had always been kind of fleshy, but now he brought to mind Orson Welles after a very bad night. He was limping a little and breathing harder than one ought to after a walk of twenty yards. "Man, I'm hungry," he said without preamble, and let me take his carry-on bag, which instantly jerked my arm to the floor. " I gasped. "Ah, just some tapes and shit for the trail. There a Dunkin Donuts anywhere around here? " "Boston? " This wasn't quite the reunion scenario I had envisioned.
I sought for tact. " Katz nodded thoughtfully, then fixed me with a sudden fearful look. "You know what I look for in a female these days? " "And that's just my starting point, you realize. I'm prepared to compromise on the limbs. " He nodded soberly. " I was very happy with that. I drained a cup of coffee and we went off to get our things. But when we met up outside ten minutes later, togged up and ready to go, Katz was looking miserable. "Let's stay here another night," he said. "What? " I was completely taken aback by this.
Then one day in late February, with departure nigh, I got a call. It was from an old school friend named Stephen Katz. Katz and I had grown up together in Iowa, but I had pretty well lost touch with him. Those of you--the six of you--who have read Neither Here nor There will recall Katz as my traveling companion around Europe in that tale of youthful adventure. In the twenty-five years since, I had run into him three or four times on visits home but hadn't seen him otherwise. We had remained friends in a kind of theoretical sense, but our paths had diverged wildly.