on December 13, 2010
If you're drawn to tales of the lonely north, you must include this title in your collection. My rating is based less on the story/style than on how thought-provoking and worrisome are the activities of man in the wilderness as demonstrated by this man and his family. Make no mistake, this is the story of folks who survive in the wilderness through trapping animals.
Kleenex Alert: While it is true that Heimo Korth's family suffers a terrible human tragedy, the tragic account of the (cruel)death of a fox at Korth's hands (early in the book) may leave you unable to resume reading.
on September 9, 2008
This book was a major disappointment. It had all the ingredients to make a great "tale" (I say "tale", although it is a true story), but lacks a satisfactory delivery to the reader - it simply wasn't nearly as interesting as it could have been.
Heimo Korth and his family live an incredible life in the Alaskan wilderness, and one may think "How could an author worth his/her salt mess this up?" Unfortunately, though, I often found myself struggling to continue reading. The entire book was dragged out, with boring detail of Alaskan politics and other trivial minutia that really didn't suit the story at all.
The book could have been edited down to a much shorter, to the point and adventurous read.
I could only give this one star (I don't know why one, even), as I believe it was a terrible injustice in the telling to the fantastic life the Korth's live, and that it deserves a retelling by a more articulate and captivating author.