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One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey (1973)

by Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke

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The first year Richard Proenneke retired to the Alaskan wild to live on his own he kept a journal chronicling the day-to-day routine of his anything-but-routine life. From the construction of his log cabin to the mundane reports of daily weather and water temperatures, Proenneke builds for himself an enviable balance of honest work and a ceaseless graciousness for this newly discovered fortune.

One Man's Wilderness is no Hollywood blockbuster, nor should it be. The down-to-earth-ness of this story allows it to be compelling in its own way. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | May 8, 2013 |
Like many people I hugely admire Dick Proenneke's self-sufficiency, crafting bare trees into a functioning household with just a few simple hand tools. Beyond that is his deeper lesson about the pleasures of physical labor, few material possessions and a respect for nature. Proenneke's lifestyle is a powerful reminder that there are other ways of being that don't rely on technology, maximizing the things that make us most human. The book was written in 1973 but has become increasingly relevant in our virtual worlds of video, internet and phones. Lest my thoughts here give the wrong impression it is not a philosophical tract like Walden, it's really a very simple diary of being self sufficient in the Alaskan back-country. Born in 1916 and a WWII vet he comes across as such a likeable person, and his woodworking crafts so admirable, we can't help but become pulled into his world. In time he became famous, John Denver came to visit, the National Park System has since made his cabin an historic building and there is a well known PBS documentary about him. For many Americans Proenneke is like Alaska itself, a vision of the possible unspoiled by civilization. ( )
1 vote Stbalbach | Sep 18, 2011 |
Compiled from the journal of Richard (Dick) Proenneke who built a cabin with hand tools in the Alaskan wilderness and lived there alone. The details of carving a home out of the wilderness and living there through the seasons, was fascinating. ( )
  KanyonKris | Jun 22, 2008 |
I loved the PBS film shown during winter plede breaks so I was thrilled to read the book. Very resourceful man. It reminded me of a favorite book from my younger days - O Rugged Land of Gold my Martha Martin. ( )
1 vote cneis9 | Jan 31, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0882405136, Paperback)

This best-selling memoir from Richard Proenneke's journals and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has women a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.  To live in a pristine land unchanged by man . . . to roam a wilderness through which few other humans has passed . . . to choose an idyllic site, cut trees by hand, and build a log cabin. . . to be self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available...to be not at odds with the world, but content with one's own thoughts, dreams and company.   Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. This book is a moving account of the day-to-day explorations and activities Dick carried out alone....alone in the wilderness...and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company.

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To live in a pristine land unchanged by man; to roam the wilderness through which few other humans have passed; to choose an idyllic site, cut trees, and build a log cabin; to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available; to be not at odds with the world, but content with one's own thoughts and company: thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. This book is a simple account of the day-by-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company. From Proenneke's journals, and with first-hand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.--From publisher description.… (more)

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