One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey Paperback – Jun 1 2003
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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.
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In a world where everyone seems to want someone else to take care of them, Dick's attitude towards life can be a great lesson. What are you really doing with your life? Do we really need to be glued to our TVs every evening? Do we really need our cell phones constantly at our side. How well do we know each other nowadays, or even the environment around us? I often wonder how many people in the world even know the genuine satisfaction one gets from providing themselves with food through a garden.
One thing's for sure in my mind, whether your dreams are small or grand, Dick Proenneke is a true inspiration. I only hope to one day be able to fulfill my life the way he did out in the Alaskan wilderness.
In the 1960's Dick Proenneke chucked his years of the 50 hour work week and headed off into the Alaskan bush. He learned to live off the land, build a cabin with his own hands and simple tools, but more importantly he discovers his true self in the rugged wild country. Sam Keith takes the Journals of Proenneke along with his photographs and turns out a wonderful book of life lived in the wilderness. The first person prose works great here and allows the reader to imagine he his hearing Mr. Proenneke’s voice. I would think this is a must read book for all those who have ever fantasized about leaving everything behind and heading off into the woods. Another must read wilderness adventure I highly recommend is “Across the High Lonesome” set in California’s spectacular Sierra high country!
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A nicely done story on one mans Alaskan adventure. Should bring out the wanderlust in everyone interested in the outdoors.Published 1 month ago by Alan T Story
This is a wonderful book as well as the video of the same name. If you enjoy stories about living in the wilderness and self reliance, this book will not disappoint you.Published 19 months ago by Norm Phillips
A really great book! It describes living in the wilderness and gives good insight to living in the far north.Published on Jan. 31 2014 by Debbie Bueckert
Having watched the PBS movie many many times with my family, it was a joy to learn there were also books. I was excited to read his words & see his photos for myself. Read morePublished on July 16 2013 by Joelene Shaw
haven't seen this one yet but watched it already before love this movie . Its a great movie and a learning experiencePublished on June 4 2013 by Delsie L. Laird
I truly enjoy this book and admire the main character of the book. If I could do this once in my life, I would.Published on Dec 18 2012 by Zsolt
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