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Call of the American Wild: A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska
     

Call of the American Wild: A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska

by Guy Grieve
 

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A man, an axe, and a dog named Fuzzy . . . let the adventure beginTrapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Guy Grieve’s life was going nowhere. But with a stroke of luck, his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true. Miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment, Guy built a log cabin

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A man, an axe, and a dog named Fuzzy . . . let the adventure beginTrapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Guy Grieve’s life was going nowhere. But with a stroke of luck, his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true. Miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment, Guy built a log cabin from scratch and began carving a life for himself through fishing, hunting, and diligently avoiding bears. Packed with adventure, humor, and insight, this is the gripping story of an ordinary man learning the ways of the wild. 25 color photographs 25 color photographs

Editorial Reviews

Metro
“Guy
Grieve jacked in his desk job to spend a year alone in the Alaskan wilderness. With only moose, bears, and wolves for company, he survived freezing temperatures,
built a log cabin, learned to hunt and handle a dog team, and had several brushes with death.”
Scotsman
“Captures
Grieve's maverick adventure, and has an energy and pace to it, a compelling,
rushing quality, like a dog sled chasing through the snowscape . . . also has a real flavor of the frontier, told by a man who shoots a hole in his roof for a chimney with his shotgun, and puts a recipe for beaver ribs and pea soup in the end notes. Call of the American Wild
may be the perfect present to give your dreamy spouse for Christmas, but you risk him stealing out of the house at 2 a.m. with his snowshoes on. One awaits his next adventure with anticipation.”
Independent
“A wild adventure”
Daily Mail
“Hilarious”
Glasgow Herald
“Riveting, well-written, amusing, and sometimes deeply affecting.”
Kirkus Reviews
The spirited account of how a Scottish newspaper sales executive built and lived in a log cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. After being demoted from a prestigious marketing job, writer and outdoorsman Grieve suddenly realized that he had to end what had become an "increasingly mournful journey through the corridors of cubicle hell." He concluded that the antidote to his woes was to head to the wilds of Alaska, where he could rediscover his masculinity and find a path to freedom for himself and his family. A year later, a series of lucky breaks landed Grieve in a remote forest miles from the nearest human settlement. A hard-bitten Yukon transplant named Don and the members of his extended family educated the ardent Scotsman in the ways of survival and helped him build the log cabin that would become his home. A "neurotic and needy" dog named Fuzzy became Grieve's only companion. At first, the author reveled in the hunting, fishing and trapping that defined his daily routine. But as the harsh Alaskan winter settled on the land, Grieve began to see the extent of the risks he had taken with his life and the future of his family back in Scotland. Yet the headiness of living among bears, moose and wolves, learning how to become a dog-sled driver and surviving against the odds drove him onward and gave him insight into "how utterly small and insignificant" he really was. Grieve's Jack London-esque narrative is engaging, but it is undercut by what comes across as the author's irritatingly impotent feelings of guilt for seeking self-actualization away from his family. Uneven testosterone-fueled entertainment.
From the Publisher

“Captures Grieve’s maverick adventure, and has an energy and pace to it, a compelling, rushing quality, like a dog sled chasing through the snowscape . . .” —Scotsman

“Hilarious.” —Daily Mail

“Riveting, well-written, amusing, and sometimes deeply affecting.” —Glasgow Herald

"A wild adventure."—Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616088200
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
09/07/2012
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Guy Grieve was born in 1973 in South Africa. Half Italian and half Scottish, his childhood was spread across three continents. In between writing, he also earns his living as a dive-fisherman for King Scallops, working from an open boat all year round in the remote North Atlantic. His island home is located in the Inner Hebrides off the coast of North-West Scotland,
where he lives with his wife and two young sons.

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