Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska
In August 1918 Rockwell Kent and his 9-year-old son settled into a primitive cabin on an island near Seward, Alaska. Kent, who during the next three decades became America's premier graphic artist, printmaker, and illustrator, was seeking time, peace, and solitude to work on his art and strengthen his ties with his son. This reissue of the journal chronicling their 7-month odyssey describes what Kent called "an adventure of the spirit". He soon discovers how deeply he is "stirred by simple happenings in a quiet world" as man and boy face both the mundane and the magnificent: satisfaction in simple chores like woodchopping or baking; the appalling gloom of long and lonely winter nights; hours of silence while each works at his drawings; crystalline moonlight glancing off a frozen lake; killer whales cavorting in their bay. Richly illustrated by Kent's drawings, the journal vividly re-creates that sense of great height and space - both external and internal - at the same time that it celebrates a wilderness now nearly lost to us.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dorenemlorenz - LibraryThing
One of my all-time favorites, artist Kent and his son spent the most incredible year of their lives wintering on Fox Island. His take on life in the Seward area during this adventurous period of our development is a rare glimpse into what heaven surely looks like. Read full review
Review: Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska--Including Extensive Hitherto Unpublished Passages from the Original JournalUser Review - Buck Swindle - Goodreads
Wonderful book and the perfect companion to be reading on a boat anchored in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The sense of wonder and optimism expressed by the author is so refreshing and there were several ... Read full review