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One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey [Paperback]

Richard Proenneke , Sam Keith
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Book Description

June 1 2003
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.

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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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""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

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5.0 out of 5 stars One Man's Wilderness Jan. 31 2014
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A really great book! It describes living in the wilderness and gives good insight to living in the far north.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking & inspiring July 16 2013
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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. I bought this book for father's day for my father, who upon reading it, said it "blew the movie out of the water!". I'm half way through the book now, and am having a hard time writing this review without stopping to continue reading & learning about this man's magnificent journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it June 4 2013
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haven't seen this one yet but watched it already before love this movie . Its a great movie and a learning experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Dec 18 2012
By Zsolt
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I truly enjoy this book and admire the main character of the book. If I could do this once in my life, I would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Aug. 5 2012
By Deacon
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In an age where virtually everyone is obsessed with technology, One Man's Wilderness is a breath of fresh air. Being a young and aspiring carpenter myself, it was hard not to marvel at Dick's craftsmanship and passion for doing something right, not to mention using only the power of his own two hands. Reading through his journals I often imagined what it must of felt like being a totally free man, what it must of felt like to wake in the morning without the stress of bills and deadlines constantly lurking in your mind.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like i was there.... March 13 2012
By LEE
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if you made it this far as to read a review just by the book. what a great read, its better then the show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure story... Jan. 19 2012
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When i began reading this book,i didn,t know what to expect but what a good surprise!It reads like a robinson crusoe story in the wilderness.Sure,it is a short story since he talks only of the building of his camp.But then,the photos themselves are worth the price of the book..Can,t wait to read the full personnal journal!Buy with confidence..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great wilderness life story! Nov. 7 1999
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I just want to say "ditto" to the above review. If you've ever fantasized about spending a good chunk of time living off the land in the rugged back-country, surviving by using your own wits and muscle, then this one's for you. Well written with wonderfully telling photos. Two thumbs way up!
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