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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (September 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340898259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340898253
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Guy Grieve jacked in his desk job to spend a year alone in the Alaskan wilderness. With only moose, bears and wolves for company, he survived freezing temperatures, built a log cabin, learned to hunt and handle a dog team and had several brushes with death.' Metro 'The book captures Grieve's maverick adventure, and has an energy and pace to it, a compelling, rushing quality, like a dog sled chasing through the snowscape ... also has a real flavour of the frontier, told by a man who shoots a hole in his roof for a chimney with his shotgun, and puts a recipe for beaver ribs and pea soup in the end notes. CALL OF THE WILD may be the perfect present to give your dreamy spouse for Christmas, but you risk him stealing out of the house at 2am with his snowshoes on. One awaits his next adventure with anticipation.' Scotsman 'Hilarious' Daily Mail 'A wild adventure' Independent

About the Author

Guy Grieve gave up his job in sales and marketing to spend a year alone in the Alaskan wilderness. He has written for the Scotsman and he currently lives on the Isle of Mull with his wife and two sons.

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Customer Reviews

This was a well written book.
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If you ever want to do somethings and just know you will never get the chance,you need to read this book.
Wendell W. Glover
This book is an amazing account of a man alone in the Alaskan wilds.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Stompk on December 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was amazing. I've heard that alot of people are a bit unhappy about him "abandoning" his family, but nonetheless. it is an exciting adventure. If you were going to repeat his journey, this would be a MUST HAVE book. not only does he go into depth about how he did each task, and which tools he used and where they were bought, but he also gives insight and tips into daily activities and tasks that most would consider mundane or embarrassing (see "poopcicle" :-)
I found it to be a great insight into Alaskan wilderness living and survival and thought it was wonderfully written. another book that was hard to put down, and will stay filed in my "keep this book" list, so I can refer to it someday when my dream of doing this is realized.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By lightwolf on January 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a gift, and when received, was looking forward to reading it. Familiar with Proenneke's experience and storytelling, I had hopes for a good read.

I found the author and his experience entirely forgettable. Much like a movie where you don't really care if the characters live or die, I ended up not caring much about him or the adventure. This is mainly because I find him a bit of a fraud. For example, he goes to Alaska to spend the winter there, test himself, and do these adventurous things, yet he spends a considerable amount of the winter in town, not in the wild. Secondly, the book seems to be an attempt to build him up as some sort of adventurer, yet despite the fact that he admits he survived solely because of the grace of others, not for him but for his family, HE seems to have failed to entirely grasp this.

There is also his lack of preparedness and planning. He starts his build at the beginning of winter, and with green logs. This is just stupid. He has to borrow essentially everything, and doesn't seem to embrace the spirit of what he is there for. The comment that sealed it for me was his lament at not bringing the portable sawmill. Please . . . . This is not a book on how to do things the right way.

The result of his lack of ability and planning, yet his determination that he will have his adventure, is that he relies heavily on others. Others which save his bacon countless times. It is in his description of others that the book has one of it's few interests for me. The writing is, in it's description of character, pretty good, and the characters outside the author are pretty interesting. It is here the warmth is found, where the interest is, and you easily care about them.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Kearns TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2010
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Throughout this book, I was very angry with Mr. Grieve for leaving his family for a year to "find himself". Many of us are approaching middle age, commuting, working in cubicles, parenting toddlers, and chafing at the sameness of our lives. His type of adventure is something he should have done before marriage and before having kids. Every time I read about his calls home and his sorrow over missing his children I felt angry again. His wife deserves all the credit for keeping the family together while Guy went on this venture. I wonder how he would have handled it if Juliet (his wife) had decided she wanted to take a year off to go someplace far away.

On the other hand, I really enjoyed the book. I love reading about how he came to Alaska without ANY skills or ideas about survival, and how he learned and adapted. His struggling with insects, felling trees, starting fires, trapping beavers, melting enough snow to drink, mushing sled dogs and learning to shoot firearms was impressive. I especially enjoyed reading the step by step instructions he gave for building a cabin and clearing a portage, and the footnotes he used throughout the book to explain certain terms he used. The photos he included were a great addition to the story, too. He included several lists in the back of the book, which explained what gear he used and how he cooked some of his meals. I would have liked to see a list of the foods he took with him, and their quantities. I would also have liked to read the articles he sent to The Scottsman newspaper.

Guy owes a huge debt to the family who lent him tools, a snow machine, and their time and experience in building his cabin. He is very lucky to have found other people willing to lend him a four wheeler and to teach him to handle a dog team.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ynissim on December 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
i bought this book after reading "Alone In the wilderness" about Dick P. living alone in twin lakes and wanted to learn about other people's experience living in the wild.
i enjoyed reading Guy's adventure, it is easy to read and once i started it was hard to stop,
highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 16, 2012
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Given the chance to kick your job to the side and get back to nature is something that most outdoorsmen have thought about doing. Guy Grieve did just that, however, throughout his entire ordeal, he was entirely dependent on the help from strangers. Those strangers were good characters and I enjoyed getting to know them, but lets be honest, if Grieve didn,t get help, he never would have been able to attempt making camp. If he was fortunate enough to have been able to make camp, he would have quickly died! I understand tjat the strangers were part of his story, however, I thought I had purchased a story about a true mountain man....somebody that did it all themselves....like Dick P....not somebody who admitted to being a pain in the rear to those that helped him.
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