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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dolly Faulkner (2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0615701531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615701530
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By harry faulkner jr on December 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
ALO's web site has a history of posting book reviews, and the recent release of Dolly Faulkner's 40 years in the Wilderness is a good reason to post another. Dolly and her family have been involved with ALO in many ways, in fact I made the book under a fake name (Martin, a trusted Bethel lawyer). Most of the living characters in this non-fiction account are given pseudonyms, but it is very simple for most folks in Western Alaska to determine the real names.

One gets the feeling that other than a few fake names, there is nothing phony about this thought provoking account from one of America's most remote inhabited sites. The Faulkner family has lived for many years at a homestead in the Kilbuck range, about 75 miles northeast of Bethel, near a hot-springs site. That description doesn't begin to describe the Faulkner spread however. I have never visited the site, but have flown over many times and have talked with many other visitors and family members. The site is known as White Bear Lodge, and it has witnessed events that would make the current deluge of Alaska reality shows on TV seem contrived, like most of them are.

A caution to anyone starting the book. Life for the Faulkners was rarely easy, and some of the stuff Dolly presents will make some readers uncomfortable. The book probably couldn't have been written before the death of Harry Faulker, Dolly's husband who passed away recently. She describes him in a way that raises the question why she remained married all these years, despite various acts of cruelty which are described fully . One senses that part of the reason is that Dolly is such a powerful woman that she wasn't going to give up on the life she wanted at White Bear no matter what.

Many will wonder if the accounts in this book could possibly be true.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JuneBug Idaho on November 9, 2012
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This book was written by my sister so I was nervous about what I was about to read, instead I have a greater appreciation for her life of the last 43 years and the trials, tribulations, and happiness this lifestyle has been for her. If you ever were interested in knowing what it is like to homestead in the Alaska wilderness and get an inside perspective of this lifestyle, this is the book for you. It was hard to put down as one story lead into another and I came to an early realization that nothing in that wild land comes easy.

It's unfortunate that after all she has gone through the last 40 years her newest struggle is trying to keep her homestead to be passed on to her daughter and not allow the Native Corporation to take it all away from her. That is why she has created a non-profit organization, WILDERNESS RETREATS FOR VETS, where all her proceeds from this book will go. She is opening up her homestead to war veterans that need some quite time for clearing the mind.

Hope you enjoy the book as much as I have.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dilatt on January 26, 2013
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Looking for an adventure I answered a blind ad on craig's list a few years back. I ended up flying into the Faulkners Homestead in the family plane with one of the family pilot's! So I saw first hand the pioneering spirit of Dolly and her daughter as we cared for their husband/father who wanted to die in his home on his land. I said it was like taking a step back in time and it was that and so much more. I hadn't asked a lot of questions about living arrangements and was surprise to see a huge house, a flush toilet, running water and lots of heat! Having seen the AK oil pipeline. What fascinated me most was Harry's own invention of which appeared to be that same concept running from the hot springs to heat that house and to provide HOT water! Then the fact that now Dolly had the skills and know-how to maintain the pipeline along with all the rest! I knew some of their story before the book but so enjoyed going back to the homestead through the book. Having the brawn, brains, and special skills to love and maintain mother earth like this family has done makes them as well as their homestead MOST special and unique. As the Alaska wilderness itself is to anyone who wants to go off the grid (even if for a short time)!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Schlag on November 23, 2012
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I have just finished Forty Years in the Wilderness and it is an amazing book. Dolly and I have been friends since our school days and have been corresponding for the last dozen years or so. I am so glad she wrote this book, as her letters have been fascinating, but the book really explains her life's adventures. For us less adventerous folks, this book is a great read, with a new story in every chapter. Please purchase this book and help Dolly help the veterans.

A friend is reading the book and has told me she loves it and has trouble putting it down.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Capt T on October 17, 2014
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I just hope things worked out for you. Being native American, to me, means working as hard or harder than other "Americans". I could have easily let the Government pay for my children's education and accepted the money from the Chippewa casinos as part of my right. Yet I didn't. I was taught at a very age that no one owes you anything. If you want it work for it and when you do"get it" by earning it, it actually means something to you. I am ashamed to say the native American has nothing but find a different, legal way take even more from those who work hard to make this a great country. My mother and father taught me to give not take and always be proud of what you've done not what others have done for you. Unfortunately it's not just the native Americans who have become dependent on being taken care of. There is an entire sub-culture of people in this country who believe they are entitled to get something for nothing.
Thank you great book
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