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Richard Louis Proenneke; Sam Keith; Nick Offerman

One man's wilderness, 50th anniversary edition: an alaskan odyssey (paperback): 9781513261645

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Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of when Dick Proenneke first broke ground and made his mark in the Alaskan wilds in 1968, this bestselling memoir features an all-new foreword by Nick Offerman plus color photographs not seen in print for over 20 years.

To live in a pristine land unchanged by man...to roam a 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 Dick Proenneke lived them. He found a place, built a cabin, and stayed to become part of the country. One Man's Wilderness is a simple account of the day-to-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company. From Dick's journals, and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.

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Age Range
12 Years
Language
English
Publisher
West Margin Press
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
272
Author
Richard Louis Proenneke; Sam Keith; Nick Offerman
Title
One Man's Wilderness, 50th Anniversary Edition: An Alaskan Odyssey
ISBN-13
9781513261645
Publication Date
September, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1513261649

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A TIME BEFORE THE INTERNET. UNSPOILED

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WISH I COULD STEP BACK IN TIME AND GO THERE. THIS MAN HAS A DRIVE LIKE FEW HAVE. IF I COULD BE SO BOLD TO DO WHAT HE DID

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I received a free copy...

I received a free copy of "One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey" from LT's early reviewers program. I didn't realize it was a re-issue of a book I'd already read about Dick Proenneke's work building a cabin and living for more than 30 years, alone near Twin Lakes in Alaska. I didn't mind rereading it, as it's an outstanding book. Proenneke is a pretty impressive guy -- he built is log cabin and most everything in it by hand, spending about $40 on materials -- including on a glass window he didn't even use. He was such a craftsman, that he build his own door hinges -- out of wood -- and spent much of his time fishing and enjoying the wildlife around him. Proenneke is a good writer -- his journal entries mostly focus on the projects he's working on, his suppers and the wildlife he spots along the way. If you're into this type of stuff -- this book is top notch and fun to read. If you aren't interested in cabin building, I imagine you'd find this a bit dry. This, is probably right up there for me, along with the Nearings' books, on stories about this particular lifestyle.

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I received this book in the mail through the Library Thing early reviewer program. I've always been really interested in the idea of the Alaskan wilderness and I've been dying to go visit the state sometime. I also love woodworking, mountains and the wildlife in those mountains (I own a home on the front range in Colorado). This diary/book had all of those things and much more. This reprint with the extra pictures in it was really great. This book is about the author Dick Proenneke's first year in Alaska. During that year, he builds a cabin with primitive tools which he ends up living in for the next 30-years. The way he describes how he built his life in Alaska is fascinating. I also loved his descriptions of the wildlife around his cabin including a fox, squirrel, beaver, badgers, etc. He often calls them "camp raiders" but you can tell just how much he respected their tenacity to survive in a very harsh landscape. The last couple of chapters are mainly a reflection about his first year. They are also a lot of reflections about mankind and our trivial pursuits. Basically he is a tough, patient person who respects hard work and nature. He also believes that that most of the material things that we think we "need," we really don't need at all! I loved the short simple snippets about what the author was doing every day to build his life in Alaska. Even when he faced hardships, he took them all in stride. His very positive attitude, no matter what, was refreshing and very admirable. I wish I had a fraction of the patience that he had in his first year in Alaska. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes outdoor adventures and nature! I will definitely save this book and read it again in the future! A definite 5-star book (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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I found this book to be informative but mostly intriguing. i absolutely loved the photography. The story was thoroughly engaging and I honestly could not put the book down once I started reading. I read it through in two days flat but it will stay on the bookshelf because I know I'll read it again a few more times. The wildlife was the most amazing but I learned the most about the food living off the land. Amazing read and amazing color photos!!!

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Ive spent some solita...

I've spent some solitary time in the northern Montana wilderness, working as a fire lookout, so this book pulled at me -- and it turned out to be everything I'd anticipated. The volume is considered a classic of twentieth-century wilderness writing -- a story simultaneously evoking a sense of pioneering, of escape, and of appreciation for an unspoiled world. One Man's Wilderness is an edited diary of sixteen months in the live of a most remarkable man, who went alone into the Alaska backcountry to build a solitary cabin and a life for himself. The style is matter-of-fact, but still conveying a strong sense of the amazing adventure and glorious setting; the author's accompanying photographs are lovely, compelling, and informative. It's an wonderful story, and a story well told. It would be hard to finish the volume and not feel feel both envy and longing, for the man's adventure, his accomplishments, and his skill. Perhaps the most remarkable part of the story, though, is that it continued for decades after the end of this volume's narrative -- the diary's author spent some thirty years living in that cabin. Very highly recommended.

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