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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One Man's Wilderness, written by Sam Keith from the journals of Proenneke, is a re-released classic that first captivated readers twenty-six years ago. First published in 1973, the book chronicles Proenneke's experiences during the first sixteen months (May, 1968 to September, 1969) of his odyssey.

Overview

One Man's Wilderness, written by Sam Keith from the journals of Proenneke, is a re-released classic that first captivated readers twenty-six years ago. First published in 1973, the book chronicles Proenneke's experiences during the first sixteen months (May, 1968 to September, 1969) of his odyssey.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882408408
Publisher:
Graphic Arts Books
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
109,370
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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May 30th. A trace of snow on the crags. After breakfast I checked the trotline. It pulled heavy, with a tugging nw and then on the way in. Two burbot, a fifteen incher and a nineteen incher….The cabin is growing. Twenty-eight logs are in place. Forty-four should do it, except for gable ends and the roof logs.

Meet the Author

At age 50 Dick Proenneke quit his job and moved into the wilderness of Alaska and built a log cabin using only hand tools. He lived many years in this cabin which eventually became Lake Clark National Park. Dick took pictures of his building the cabin, and kept a daily journal of his life, weather, wildlife and more. These pictures and journal entries became the basis of this book.
Sam Keith was a long time friend of Dick Proenneke and visited him for two weeks at his cabin. There Sam got the idea to write a book based on Dick's journal entries and photos of building the cabin and life at Twin Lakes. An English major at Cornell University, Sam spent 26 years teaching. This was his first book.

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One Man's Wilderness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 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.
KristinAZ 14 days ago
Hated it. Very boring.
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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