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“Walk In The Woods”, Adaptation Of Bill Bryson’s Book, Was Painfully, Dreadfully Awful.

by Anura Guruge


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This movie, which like the book could have been brilliant, failed, and failed miserably on two fronts.

It was NOT TRUE to Bill Bryson’s (compelling) book & it was NOT TRUE to reality.

There are NO, I repeat ‘NO’, grizzly bears anywhere on the Appalachian Trail. For them to show an extremely well trained grizzly (who thought it was so funny himself that he had a permanent grin on his face) attacking a camp on the AT is a sick, a very sick joke.

Bill Bryson was 47 when he walked the trail. Robert Redford, who plays Bill Bryson in the movie, was a very old and decrepit 79. 79! That is a 68% difference in bloody age and it makes a bloody difference.

Bill Bryson lives in historic and amazingly picturesque Hanover, New Hampshire — home of Dartmouth College. The furthest north that the film crew travelled was Sharon, Connecticut — about 300 miles south. To try and pass of communities in CT as being in New Hampshire makes me, a proud NH resident, mad, very mad.

Dreadful, dreadful movie.

Why Bill Bryson, who I have always admired and respected (and would part with one of my testicle in order to emulate) would sell his soul for this atrocious movie totally and utterly baffles me. Why? He can’t want MORE money. He is RICH! Never understood the insatiable greed of rich people — never having had the luck or luxury of ever being rich. Why? John Irving is another of my top 10 authors. I think he is the cat’s whiskers. Why he bastardized his iconic “The Cider House Rules” for the movie always disappointed and disillusioned me. The only good thing that happened from that was I married Deanna — the only female I had met who understood that the movie was just tripe and bore no resemblance to the book!

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Why there was a copy of “The Cider House Rules” next to our wedding cake in 2003.

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by Anura Guruge

Getting Lost On The Appalachian Trail For A Month & Then Dying Seems Incongruous.

by Anura Guruge

From Friday, May 25, 2016 U.K. “Daily Mail“.

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This is rather a disturbing story. I can relate to it on multiple fronts. I have managed to get myself lost (once quite recently) in the dense woods of New England. So I know what it is like. Everything looks the same. Lots and lots of trees. Given how dense the ‘brush’ can be the temptation is to try and take the path of least resistance. So it is easy to end up walking in circles. So there is definitely that. Though I do hike and have done day hikes on the Appalachian Trail (mainly in West Virginia and Virginia) I am not an avid-hiker neither am I an expert survivalist. But what happened to this poor lady just does not make sense.

She wondered around for 28 days plus she had a working phone for some of that time. You would have to think she must have had a GPS APP of some sort on the phone — assuming she didn’t have a proper GPS unit. You would think she carried a basic compass. Given that she was all kitted out for camping she must have had lighters or matches. Some people are saying that she should have carried a gun. But a compass, a GPS capability and the means to light a fire.

Why didn’t she light a fire — first day. If she was worried about setting the woods on fire she could have found a rock outcrop. Says she climbed at least one of these in search of a cell signal. The smoke, coming out of dense woods, would have attracted attention.

Plus, even given the vastness of Maine, it is hard to imagine that she would not have struck some form of ‘civilisation’ if she had walked in a straight line for 28 days. That is where a compass or GPS would come in. The time that I was most badly lost, with a 40 pound 3-year old in a backpack on my back, I walked looking for powerlines that I knew were in the area. Once I found them it was just a question of walking along them till I hit a road.

They say she had come close to a logging road. Just seems so incongruous — being lost in the woods of Maine for nearly a month.

This should serve as a lesson for all those that set out to walk through the woods of New England. You will be surprised how easy you can get lost. 

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by Anura Guruge