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More About the Author
Sullivan is known in the American West as the author who backpacked more than a thousand miles across Oregon's wilderness in 1985. His journal of that adventure, "Listening for Coyote," has since been chosen one of Oregon's "100 Books," the most significant books in state history.
In summer he writes at the log cabin that he and his wife Janell Sorensen built by hand in the wilds of Oregon's Coast Range, more than a mile from roads, electricity, and telephones. The rest of the year they live in Eugene, Oregon, where he volunteers to promote libraries and literature.
A list of Sullivan's books, speaking engagements, and favorite adventures is at www.oregonhiking.com .
Top Customer Reviews
The subject matter of a young couple building a cabin by hand, in a remote part of wilderness (though remote only by choice as they are surrounded by dairy farms and others with modern conveniences) could have been so much more interesting than it turned out. Even winding a mysterious death into the story did little to help this plodding, simplistic, and often predictably mundane story.
It is as if the author was channeling "Little House on the Prairie" with none of the charm or warmth. It feels as if it is written for young adults, or adults so idealistic as to simply set aside common sense, to believe that there is much of anything to be appreciated in the day to day lives of the main characters.
The author begins many chapters with quotes from Thoreau's "Walden Pond." However there is nothing as rich, entertaining, or philosophic about this book in comparison. Thoreau spent two years, two months and two days in his cabin, while this book's main couple endures more than 20 summers in barely as many chapters. However, reading the mundane minutia often felt like an eternity.
For me, the ironic part of the the author's background as travel writer, was the lack of description in the landscape that we Oregonians know to be lush, beautiful, and welcoming.
Don't expect any grand conclusions...they just aren't there.
This book is loosely comparable to "One Man's Wilderness", a story about a man who builds a cabin in the wilds of Alaska and lives in solitude. I found this book to be much more interesting. I guess that's the difference between non-fiction and creative non-fiction?
At any rate, if you read this review Mr. Sullivan...kudos!
I highly recommended his "cabin fever" book if you are an adventure and enjoy the outdoor life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GREAT book. I love Mr Sullivan's writing style. Perfect mix of gentle honest humor, suspense, and he has a way to draws descriptions with words. On of the books I return to often.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting book that covered a number of years but was difficult at time to keep track of when and where they were in life.Published 7 months ago by Katherine McCormick
Love this book. Clean, family oriented content and great story. Live your cabin-in-the-woods dream vicariously.Published 19 months ago by Cathy E. Crandall
I had purchased Hiking Oregon's History at my local bookstore and was so intrigued I got this book. Absolutely loved it. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Jeana Schorr
I love reading anything on cabins and living out in the wild. This book was very good and I really enjoyed it.Published on October 25, 2007 by Pris