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Cabin Fever: Notes from a Part-Time Pioneer by [Sullivan, William]
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About the Author

William L. Sullivan is the author of four novels and thirteen nonfiction books about Oregon. Each summer he composes with a typewriter at his log cabin, far from roads and phones, in Oregon's Coast Range.

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  • File Size: 4910 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Navillus Press (January 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LLIG14
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By James C. Sellers on February 28, 2016
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Although he has written a number of books, William L. Sullivan is best known to Oregonians as author of five first-rate regional hiking books for the state. As a user of these books, "Cabin Fever" was of greatest interest to me because he describes his path from being a high school teacher to becoming a successful freelance writer. Sullivan writes engagingly, "Cabin Fever" is filled with anecdote about the pleasures and perils of building and maintaining a cabin on a decidedly rural patch of ground, but I did have a disappointment: Although he uses real names for his saintly wife and for his parents (they helped) and for major cities in Oregon, and presumably most of what he writes actually happened, he uses made-up names for some places -- for example, Oregon has no Sahalie River, no Taylor County and no town of Taylorville.
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As someone who has grown up romanticizing the log cabin life, I absolutely loved this modern cabin story. It's typical Bill Sullivan - funny, historically informative, easy to read, and entertaining. Anyone who is a fan of Bill's will enjoy learning more about his family. Anyone who is new to Bill's work will want to read more after reading this book.
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We chose this as one of our book club selections primarily because the author is a local Oregonian. He is well known for his travel books, primarily those about hiking in the Northwest. I get the feeling that travelogues are his forte, because writing a compelling novel is clearly not.

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.
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Sullivan takes into his family and lets you experience the mystery, joy, and sorrow over the years of creating his cabin in the woods. Wish I could have lived this story and in reading it, in a way I did!
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I had purchased Hiking Oregon's History at my local bookstore and was so intrigued I got this book. Absolutely loved it. I could picture myself at their cabin, the cows, river, and neighbors. I've since read Listening for Coyote. If you enjoy reading journal-based books that are wonderfully descriptive, you'll enjoy these.
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Sullivan has such a way. I've read all of his books and this one is just another bit of heaven!
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There are 2 types of people in the world: those who love the idea of living in a log cabin and those who don't. If you belong to the prior group, you'll love this book.

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!
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By Robin Oak on September 15, 2008
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I recently completed this book and really enjoyed it. It's an easy read, full of nature and the wilderness, challenge and adventure, humor, and a warm family story. Though it is a light read, it still has its serious passages, reflective of those things in life we all face with family. Highly recommend it to those looking for a good, quick read with the backdrop of the great Oregon wilderness. With all its animal "characters", it really is a hoot!
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