The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2017 - Всего страниц: 203
Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality--not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.

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In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life--why did he leave? what did he learn?--as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.
 

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Interesting book. I wonder how the hermit has been surviving in the outside world - it seems to me he probably isn't going to make it. Sad story really. Читать весь отзыв

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Пользовательский отзыв  - tinkerbellkk - LibraryThing

Interesting book about a man who lived for 30 years by himself in the woods. While it is difficult to understand his chosen way of life, it was certainly interesting to read about his way of life from his perspective. Interesting although a little strange at the same time. Читать весь отзыв

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MICHAEL FINKEL is the author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, which was adapted into a 2015 major motion picture. He has written for National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in western Montana.

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