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One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey Paperback – May, 1999
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This book made a big splash when it debuted in 1973. Keith based the text on the journals and photography of Richard Proenneke, who, after racking up years of 50-hour work weeks, did what many of us only fantasize about: he chucked it all and went to live in the woods. Now in his 80s, Proenneke still abides in the log cabin he built with his own hands and has become an icon for naturalists. Though few will follow Proenneke's lead, his story can be quite inspiring.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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What This Book Is:
- An important introduction to Richard Proenneke's story
- Heavily edited (I would even say rewritten)
- A pleasant, easy read (goes great with the 2-part documentary that airs on PBS)
- Easy to get your hands on very quickly
What This Book Is Not:
- Richard Proenneke's authentic journals, in his OWN words
- Proenneke's story told in his own voice
I was captivated after watching the 2-part PBS documentary, "Alone in the Wilderness". So, I got hold of this book ("One Man's Wilderness"), as soon as possible. On reading, I was prepared to award a 5 stars. That is, until I read "The Early Years (The Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1967-1973)". Because then I realized how different "One's Man Wilderness" is from Proenneke's own writings.
We get a much better sense of who Proenneke was by reading his own words in "The Early Years". We get a broader picture over several years (558 pages), versus a little more than one year (224 pages). The downside with "The Early Years" is that it seems to be available only from Alaska Geographic. Sure, you won't get "The Early Years" with free Prime shipping. I received mine in about 10 days and it was well worth the wait. "One Man's Wilderness" was still intriguing after seeing the 2-part documentary on PBS. It's just that "The Early Years" authentic and true to the man.
- I would rate this book ("One Man's Wilderness") 3.5 stars if I could
- I would rate "The Early Years" 5 stars, hands down
- I recommend this book as an easier, quicker read. Many folks are more comfortable with 200+ pages than 500+
- I recommend "The Early Years" for a more authentic, deeper telling of the story
- Proenneke's story is a classic Alaskan/American/man-vs-nature tale of independence and ingenuity. Don't miss it.
I can wholeheartedly agree with this statement out of personal achievement and yet I haven't (yet) moved to the Alaskan wild and lived the life illustrated by Mr. Proennekke.
I have a sort of fascination with Proennekke and others like him who have survived off the land (even with their self-labeled "cheats") and learned to adapt to the unique challenges they each experience. I find myself living vicariously through Pronnekke as I read through his journal entries and imagined what each may must have been like. I laughed and even lost my breath and some of his accounts of his wild adventure.
Just like the movie, I'm left wanting MORE after completing the book. I would have enjoyed sitting down with Dick and hearing first-hand about the unwritten accounts of life in Alaska!