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One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey Paperback – May, 1999
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You have to be fascinated by a man who seemed capable of creating almost anything he needed from raw materials using only hand tools. He carves out wooden spoons; builds his log home; turns gas cans into buckets, pots, and in-ground coolers; builds a cache on stilts; works up sturdy door hinges from stumps; and on and on. In our age of repetitive assembly of the same part or being a small cog in a service industry machine, in an age of such specialization even American farmers whose granaries overflow run to the supermarket for bread and then complain about the price, in an age of abundance that comes at the price of over-dependence on others, Richard Proenneke reached a satisfying level of self-reliance now nearly extinct.
I'm reminded of the "Little House on the Prairies" book series in which father Ingalls briefly laments having moved to South Dakota where he was dependent on the railroad trains to bring in food and fuel, compared to the days of self-sufficiency in the woods of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Proenneke's dream isn't for everyone. Imagine trying to do what he did if your skills are incomplete or you have a family to bring up. Living in the middle of wild Alaska would be more suffering than fulfilment. But what a dream to have, in which you turn your back on the rat race and build what you need to live from start to finish, or as Proenneke says "to do a thing to completion." His accomplishments give me daydream release from the tedious grind of bills and mindless work.
Equally inspiring are the words Dick uses to describe his love of the land and of the joy he finds communing with nature and surviving in such a remote environment.
If you've ever felt a bond with Jack London's "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" you will love this true life adventure of Dick's year alone in Alaska's wilderness.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!
Even so, I couldn't put this book down. Richard Proeneke's journals come to life in the pages. He describes things like constructing a hinge for a door or making a sod roof in riveting detail. His trips into the backcountry are described equally as vivid.
It is absolutely amazing to me what he accomplished with little more than his own bare hands and some rudimentary tools. His heart, spirit and philosophy are truly admirable
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I have read it at least 3 times over the last 40 years and enjoy it each time.Published 3 days ago by Curt Schneider
wish you could rent the videos but only offered to purchase at 70 bucksPublished 5 days ago by Robert W. Auffert
A great book. As a former Alaskan and pilot, I'm very familiar with this part of the state and this story. I reread it from time to time as it is so pleasurable.Published 21 days ago by TruthTeller
What a great read, hard to believe such a simple little diary could be so entertaining... loved the picturesPublished 24 days ago by C T
Amazing adventure story. This gentleman was amazing! Great read for people who enjoy adventures. This is not fiction. This is a true life story!Published 26 days ago by Opq789
A true story of a man who leaves it all, goes to Alaska, builds his own cabin and spends a year in the wilderness. A man to admire who followed his dreams.Published 27 days ago by Tom Britton
I bought this for my son to enjoy , the price was right and delivery was prompt, thank you, Ed AveryPublished 1 month ago by ed avery
this book is awesome i want to live in alaska i love alaska and can not wait to move there this book is cool i love this Arthur thanksPublished 1 month ago by Angela Conley
I loved it, it was a fantastic story. It makes you want to run up to Alaska and live, of course, it's different now, too many laws and too much government.Published 1 month ago by mreaster