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

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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 ...
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Overview


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
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616088200
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/7/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 946,202
  • 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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Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Part 1 1

1 Undercover Dreamer 3

2 Oddball Meets Editor 10

3 The Dream Becomes a Plan 15

4 The Numb Days 18

Part 2 21

5 Alaska Arrival 23

6 Up the Yukon Without a Paddle 30

7 Little Village on the River 41

8 Old Man Yukon 51

9 The Time Is Coming 62

10 Into the Great Silence 68

11 First Camp 77

12 A Fool in the Forest 89

13 The Green Coal-Face 96

14 Huckleberry Days 107

15 A Gentleman of the Old School 119

16 The Floor Then Nothing 133

17 The Sorrowful Business of Felling Trees 139

18 When Black Bears Look Like Men 148

19 Saddle Notch Sore 160

20 The Athabascan Charles Bronson 169

Part 3 181

21 The Tenderfoot's Cabin Is His Castle 183

22 The Winter's Tale 189

23 Tracks, Trees And Animal Tanks 194

24 Doyon 201

25 The Great Alaskan Potato Famine 206

Part 4 213

26 Poetry and Film 215

27 Going Bushy 221

28 Mr Kurtz, We Presume? 226

29 Going to the Dogs 233

30 Lifting The Snow Anchor 244

31 An Arctic Kneecapping 252

32 The Solo Mush 256

33 Christmas at the Golden Cabin 262

34 Overflow 271

35 Athabascan Temptation 279

36 Bradley Scotton and His Magnificent Flying Machine 284

37 Bringing Them Pant-Sniffers Home 290

38 Wolf Mantra and Legend 297

39 Settling In 304

40 Carry on up the Yukon 310

Part 5 317

41 First Catch Your Beaver 319

42 Pity the Little Things 326

43 My Winter Kingdom Melts 335

44 Thin Ice and the Death of a She-Wolf 342

45 Bear Boards 350

46 Well Hello - To the Man in the Dress 354

47 I Shall Be Telling This with a Sigh 359

Epilogue 367

Author's Notes 369

Acknowledgements 380

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