His mother was of Irish descent. Bryson attended Drake University for two years before dropping out indeciding instead to backpack around Europe for four months. He returned to Europe the following year with a high-school friend, Matt Angerer the pseudonymous Stephen Katz. Move to the United Kingdom[ edit ] Bryson speaking in New York, Bryson first visited Britain in during his tour of Europe  and decided to stay after landing a job working in a psychiatric hospital  —the now-defunct Holloway Sanatorium in Virginia WaterSurrey.
It contains plenty of Bill Bryson's trademark wry humor.
It throws lots of exaggerated slapstick scenes at the viewer, trying for cheap laughs rather than anything deeper and richer. I found Nick Nolte's character overdramatic and consistently annoying. Meanwhile, Robert Redford portrayed Bill Bryson as a taciturn parody of the actual person; we've seen this sort of world-weary loner performance from him more than enough in other films.
And, as others have pointed out, Bryson was in his mid 40s when he attempted to hike the Trail; Redford is nearly This gives the story a very different flavor.
Minor characters were used to add sparks, but they generally made goofy impressions before disappearing.
Mary Steenburgen a favorite actor of mine depicted a motelkeeper who appeared oddly smitten with the much older Redford. There was a theme here; Redford's wife was played - over-emotionally and under-sensibly - by Emma Thompson, who is vastly younger than him.
I kept expecting other characters to reappear, but almost none of them did; the movie is so short that I wonder if some reappearances were filmed but edited out.
This film was obviously not meant to be an accurate translation of the book.
But I liked reading it a lot better than I liked watching it. Was this review helpful to you?William McGuire Bryson OBE HonFRS (/ ˈ b r aɪ s ən /; born 8 December ) is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, the English language, science, and other non-fiction nationwidesecretarial.com in the United States, he has been a resident of Britain for most of his adult Residence: Hampshire, England.
A Walk in the Woods: If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find/5(7K).
The following is from Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. Bryson’s books include Notes from a Small Island, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, At Home, and One nationwidesecretarial.com lives in England with his wife.
quotes from Bill Bryson: 'Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life's quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right moment in order to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result -- eventually.
Sep 01, · The real life of Bill Bryson's 'Stephen Katz' Matt Angerer of Carlisle is Katz, a fair depiction in the famous author's books and in a new movie "A Walk In the Woods". The many readers of Bill Bryson’s earlier classic, A Walk in the Woods, will greet the reappearance in these pages of the immortal Stephen Katz.