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Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod Paperback – February 17, 1995
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Fueled by a passion for running dogs, Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod--the 1150-mile winter sled-dog race between Anchorage and Nome-- in dangerous ignorance and with a fierce determination. Winterdance is his account of this seventeen-day battle against Nature's worst elements and his own frailty.
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Acclaimed children's book author Paulsen offers a gripping account of his experience running the 1180 mile Iditarod dogsled race.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I made the mistake of taking it to work with me on a long, lonely 12 hour midnight shift. It's actually a good thing it was long and lonely. I read the whole book in one sitting. I laughed till the tears rolled down my face on several occasions, and at the end I cried till the tears just wouldn't stop.
I have given this book on several occasions to others who have also loved it, and I have re-read it several times myself and every time I love it as much as I did the 1st time.
Except for this time. Which is the reason I only gave this 4 stars.
I don't think it's my imagination, but the end has been edited over the way it was the 1st time. The original had a list of mushers for every race from it's inception to when he ran. It is no longer there. And-I won't spoil it for others-there is a part after the end of the chaper Nome that is no longer there. I would give good green money (with in reason) for one of the original editions.
With the exception of that one small thing, this is truly a wonderful book. It makes a great gift and is an awesome read. Try it and get a box of tissues out. You'll need them
His experiences are heart-warming (or perhaps ball-warming as when he sets kitchen matches alight in his pants pocket)and display a determination that's nearly other worldly. But people aren't the main characters in this book, it's the dogs. We eat, sleep and run with the dogs. And it is a learning experience.
Gary Paulsen is one tough cookie who brings to life the hardship, wind, snowstorms, frostbite, dog fights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, hallucinations, concussions, physical abuse and brutal reality of the Iditarod. And gives us more: the magnificent beauty of Alaska and the strange, deep relationship that develops between dog and man.
This is one of the best outdoor adventure books I've read (and there have been many). I highly recommend it.