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The Last Englishman (Volume 1) Paperback – October 30, 2012
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Just didn't enjoy it as much as i hoped because of his attitude.
It was not full of crazy stories (well, there are some) but the A.T. is like hiking the I-95 freeway (full of people) vs. the PCT, much more of a country road....at 12,000 ft.
Some may criticize this book as being too descriptive and "flowery" but those who have awoken to a new day, filled with crimson, blues and orange and red skies... will be happy his accounts.
I have read some reviews that felt he spent too much time drinking pale-ale in any town he could find. I find that absurd. Of course when you re-supply, you're going to down some pale ales. But most of his book, I felt, concentrated on the trail, and trail life.
He ends his hike in an unusual fashion. Without going into detail, I felt he and his two cronies , were the "East Yorkshire Regiment" avoiding the Germans and the towns people were (underground) were sheltering and feeding them, and then on to their next objective - - 300 miles. You'd have to read the book to make sense of this rambling.
In any event, walking from Mexico boarder to Canada is no SAMLL FEAT. Less than % 15 ever make it. It's difficult to make this kind of journey 'interesting' for the reader. After all, hiking that long is nothing but slogging one day after another. Repetition.
He's writing style makes it 3-dimensional, with lot's of good stories; his observations on American food, people and geography etc, set it apart.
To accomplish this monumental journey, one needs;
1.) The heart and spirit of John Muir,
2.) The tenacity and perseverance of Margaret Thatcher,
3.) And the crazy and wildl sense of adventurer and humor of Steve Martin. Keith has all three in Spades!!
This was written several years ago, and it you wish to check out what 's happened since, check out his blog. keithfoskett.com/blog/
This is a great hiking read, Thanks Keith. Preparing for mine next year. Cheers! David
p.s. Hope your "friend" sends you that free backpack, I mean really, you did give him a beautiful shot of "full moons" ...
Keith Foskett describes himself as someone who likes long hikes, yet I did not glean any appreciation for the fantastic and varied wilderness landscape through which the PCT passes in the book. Rather, it felt like the author's descriptions jumped from one small resupply town/depot to the next, with little time or appreciation for the trail itself, and the only focus was on surviving to the end.
Though I enjoyed his writing style and humor, as an avid outdoorsman, I would not recommend this book to my hiking-interested friends.
The book isn't entirely without charm: the author does have a sense of humor. But in the end his personality just grated too strongly for me.
Fozzie your penned words took my hand and invited me along your journey. Your passage through the desert warmed my skin; I could feel the demands on my lungs as you made your peaks and the cold though chill wrapped me in peace. And those damn DEscents, wow, my knees could almost feel the need for traversing rather than a straight walk down!
These are just a very few of the gifts discovered in The Last Englishman. This book of Keith's has been a fine introduction to a human unique (that would be you Fozzie) in a world of seven billion. So make the good, wise choice and READ.THIS.BOOK. And you too will be in love.....
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Very inspiring book