One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

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by Sam Keith
     
 

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This best-selling memoir from Richard Proenneke's journals and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.  To live in a pristine land unchanged by man . . . to roam a wilderness through which few other humans has passed . . . to choose an idyllic site, cut trees

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This best-selling memoir from Richard Proenneke's journals and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.  To live in a pristine land unchanged by man . . . to roam a wilderness through which few other humans has passed . . . to choose an idyllic site, cut trees by hand, and build a log cabin. . . to be self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available...to be not at odds with the world, but content with one's own thoughts, dreams and company.   Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. This book is a moving account of the day-to-day explorations and activities Dick carried out alone....alone in the wilderness...and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company.

Editorial Reviews

Alan L. White
Readers who are interested in detailed information on cabin building, or just want to dream about living in a place far beyond home, will enjoy this book.
ForeWord
Library Journal
This book made a big splash when it debuted in 1973. Keith based the text on the journals and photography of Richard Proenneke, who, after racking up years of 50-hour work weeks, did what many of us only fantasize about: he chucked it all and went to live in the woods. Now in his 80s, Proenneke still abides in the log cabin he built with his own hands and has become an icon for naturalists. Though few will follow Proenneke's lead, his story can be quite inspiring. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Reprint of the 1973 edition of life in the Twin Lakes area (170 miles west of Anchorage). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"Though few will follow Proenneke's lead, his story can be quite inspiring." —Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882405131
Publisher:
Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
82,894
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"One Man's Wilderness is the best modern piece of prose about Alaska, the one that gives the truest picture of what living in the bush today is like for the lone individual."  —-Anchorage Daily News

"[Proenneke's] journals froms the text of this handsome book, and his parkling color slides illustrate it with a beauty that tugs at your heart and sets your heels to itching just a little. You owe yourself the pleasure of this book." —-Biloxi Sun Hearld

"This is soul reading—-te simplicity of a man's inner fealings stated in terms which leave no misunderstandings...a classic of its kind." —-Lansing State Journal

Meet the Author

Richard Proenneke (1916–2003) was a naturalist who lived alone in the high mountains of Alaska making valuable recordings of both meteorological and natural data.

Norman Dietz, a writer, an actor, and a solo performer, has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.

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One Man's Wilderness 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. Not only did Dick live within nature, he became part of it. He lives the way I wish we all would-respect for the land, taking only what he needed from it in order to survive and leaving only his footprints. DVD is good too...book is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so inspired by this man's willingness and ability to live alone in the wilderness as he did. I seldom ever read a book more than once but I have to admit that I have read this one three times now--he brings remote Alaska into your living room with his detailed descriptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One man¿s wilderness is great book about self potential and discovery. A man who has a dream and goes to reach it with success. For a man in his 50¿s to leave his job, family, and what he knows to build a cabin in Alaska and be self sufficient, I greatly admire Richard, I wish I could do what he did. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After living in Alaska for over 5 years, and spending quite a bit of time in the Lake Clark region, this book enthralled me as much as my new home does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read, makes one dream about packing up, moving to the wilderness and leaving everything behind
bllwdcrvr More than 1 year ago
author puts you right there as he was going thru the wilderness...
yarnspinner More than 1 year ago
Being someone who is allready sick and tired of the direction humanity is taking, reading this book simply propels my desire to leave it all behind. Dick P. is truely an inspiration to the hermit wannabe.
Edman68 More than 1 year ago
Reading Dick Proenneke's amazing decision to go to Alaska, build a cabin, and live with the land was awe inspiring. It's 41yrs later and Mr. Proenneke has been laid to rest. But reading this book brings him alive. It inspires one to reach past the yolk of our existence. He was a man among men and he really understood what is important. He gets that what we Want and what we Need are two different things. I love this book. I'll be keeping it for as long as I live.
outsideadams More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in what it would be like to make your life in the woods, build your own cabin, and have a life of solitude and communing with nature, this is a great book for you. Not so much a book, as a series of well thought out journal entries, the author doesn't wax poetic or get too philosophical. He simply tells it like it is. How to build a cabin, how he gathered food and spent his days. Although he's not a colorful nature writer like Edward Abbey or Aldo Leopold, he brings you into this wonderful place with him and makes you feel as though anybody with a desire to homestead could live the good life in Alaska. His simple candor is a refreshing change in a world full of overly wordy books for deep thinkers on the subject of communing with nature.
ebookwhen More than 1 year ago
If you have seen "Alone in the Wilderness" you will definitely enjoy this book. If you haven't seen any of the documentary movies, the book is enjoyable on it's own. It reads as a journal with a bit of humor sprinkled throughout. They way this man calmly dealt with the adverse conditions of the frozen North and built his own castle in the wilderness using nothing but hand tools and almost exclusively the materials he found on location is an inspiration.
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Great read one that you will want to read over and over
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An outstanding read! Engaging writing style, describing in first person an amazing odyssey by one man who chose a very different path later in life. Wilderness lovers will adore this book. Nook format is easy to read, handles well on the device. Pictures look great, too.
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