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More Info Place Hold. More Copies In Prospector. Loading Prospector Copies Table of Contents. Loading Table Of Contents Loading Excerpt Author Notes. Loading Author Notes LC Subjects. Illustrated works. More Details. Originally published: Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Pub. To live in a pristine land unchanged by man; to roam the wilderness through which few other humans have passed; to choose an idyllic site, cut trees, and build a log cabin; to be a 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 and company: thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.

This book is a simple account of the day-by-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company. From Proenneke's journals, and with first-hand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond. Similar Series From NoveList.

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Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy. Staff View. Grouped Work ID:. T85 P76 1. Reading about Dick's daily life up at Twin Lakes, Alaska was very interesting to me. Here are some of my favorite quotes from it and keep in mind these are from the late 's: "I guess that is what bothers so many folks. They keep expanding their needs until they are dependent on too many things and too many other people. They can't be hungry in the first place. Or maybe their food has been too fancy and with all the choices they've had, they don't really know what they enjoy anymore.

Apr 21, Natalie rated it liked it. It's about a 50 year-old man who moves from Iowa to Alaska in the early 's to build a cabin with no modern tools and attempt to live out there in the wilderness. Who doesn't love that? However, I have to say I skipped the last fifty pages.

But the biggest thing that got too old for me was the "Man's got to do what a man's got to do" references. It makes the book feel it is ONLY written for men, because apparently only men can understand wanting to live in the wilderness.

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

But having said that, it was written in , so the sexism is sort of understandable. Proennecke's ingenuity of making something from nothing, and his talented carpentry and hunting skills are amazing to read about. And he's so adorably humble. Most of the book, is detailing how he built his cabin, hunted, cooked, made tools, made warmer clothes, weathered out bad weather, bears, etc. Moreover, some of the simple prose and appreciation of nature is absolutely wonderful: "I have found that some of the simplest things have given me the most pleasure.

They didn't cost me a lot of money either. They just worked on my senses. Did you ever pick large blueberries after a summer rain? Walk through a grove of cottonwoods open like a park and see the blue sky beyond the shimmering gold of leaves? Pull on dry woolen socks after you've peeled off the wet ones? Come in out of the subzero and shiver yourself warm in front of a wood fire?

The world is full of such things. I think it's a good piece of history, and an Alaskan primer. I'm sad that undoubtably Sam Keith and Richard Proenneke are no longer with us. They represent a kind of old-school, standup-men that we no longer have in society. Apr 25, Amy rated it it was ok. I think this is more of a guy book. The best chapters were the last two. Other than that a lot of the book is just him explaining in detail how he makes his cabin, tools etc Jun 30, Andy rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , memoir , library , biography , requested-received.

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I don't just press a button or twist a thermostat dial. I use the big crosscut saw and the axe, and while I'm getting my heat supply I'm working up an appetite that makes simple food just as appealing as anything a French chef could create. Did you ever pick very large blueberries after a summer rain Walk through a grove of cottonwoods, open like a park, and see the blue sky beyond the shimmering gold of the leaves?

Jan 10, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. When Richard Proenneke was 51 years old he decided to retire from his job, move to the wilderness of Alaska, build a log cabin and live off the land. He stayed there 33 years before he died. This is his story at least the first few years of his story - how he moved there, build the cabin, built a new life and thrived. So let me say that he did what has always been a dream for me so I probably liked this book a lot more than most people.

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

I liked it quite a bit but I didn't love it. It's mostly When Richard Proenneke was 51 years old he decided to retire from his job, move to the wilderness of Alaska, build a log cabin and live off the land. It's mostly copies of his journals. It doesn't give great insight into him or who he was. I can tell you everything he did those first few years in Alaska but I can't tell you why he did them because he didn't allow us that insight into his life. He doesn't tell us about how he dealt with the isolation or how he adjusted to this new world.

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I only bring these things up because it would have been nice to know what he was thinking instead of just what he did or what temperature it was that day. I really like the book - just a little disappointed because I wanted to love the book. View 2 comments. Jan 05, Toni marked it as to-read. Jason and I bought these books for our dads last year after we saw the PBS special, which was awesome.

Dads loved the books and sent them back to us to read. Jason just finished it and suddenly has ideas about building all of our own furniture from FS land scraps. If we were living in a rustic log cabin, I'd be all for it. But, just can't see it fitting into our modular home decor. True, true the odyssey adds to the growing list of reasons to get to AK.


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If you promise to send it back, you can bor Jason and I bought these books for our dads last year after we saw the PBS special, which was awesome. If you promise to send it back, you can borrow our copy Troy. I'm not sure when I'll get to it next. Apr 18, Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction. This is a lovely balm of a read. His clear descriptions of his work to build and maintain his cabin and his serene enthusiasm for the nature around him are a pleasure to read.

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

His joy at living in the wilderness is charming. It's a nice companion to the equally compelling PBS special that features the film he shot of his Alaska home. Nov 24, Joel rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in A great, no-nonsense journal about building and living a life in the wilderness.