One Man's Wilderness

One Man's Wilderness

An Alaskan Odyssey

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Shares the experience of living alone in the Alaskan wilderness

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Reprint of the 1973 edition of life in the Twin Lakes area (170 miles west of Anchorage). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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This best-selling memoir from Richard Proenneke's journals and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven 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 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.

Publisher: Anchorage : Alaska Northwest, 1999, 1973
Edition: 26th Anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780882405131
Characteristics: 223 p. : ill ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Keith, Sam


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Apr 14, 2011

Excellent book chronicling one man's journey into the Alaskan wilderness and his day-to-day commentary on raising a cabin using only hand tools and the resources available to him in the wilderness. A bit of philosophical dialogue adds dimension to this text and really gets you thinking about what it's like to live in the moment and abandon the modern habits we've been accustomed to. I love hearing stories about life out on the frontier, and this book proves that frontier life isn't gone, it's just been abandoned by most, waiting patiently for our return.

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