Alone in the Wilderness

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Small, Maynard, 1913 - Camping - 295 pages
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Is it fact, fiction or a bit of both? In the times that it was written any of those possibilities would have been the norm. The media and the ethics of journalism were different then. However, no matter which form of narrative, this is a good read.
Adventure, introspection, the wilds, the mistakes and the triumphs will stir your soul and make your heart pound as you follow his months of wilderness living. A good read for the adventure and bush-craft enthusiast. Enjoy!

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I found the book an inspiration. Being an outdoors-man and hunting enthusiast, it is interesting to read about he struggles and successes during his experiment. The author has prophetic insight as to the current world we live in. What a great read. A must for anyone who appreciates minimalism, nature, and the outdoors. 




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Page 98 - At gold's superior charms all freedom flies, The needy sell it, and the rich man buys; A land of tyrants, and a den of slaves...
Page 195 - According to my opinion the way the world is living at present is entirely wrong. Civilization has carried us along to a point where, through custom and habit, we are accepting an artificial life rather than a natural one. Commercialism and the mad desire to make money have blotted out everything else, and as a result we are not living, but merely existing.
Page 226 - My God is in the wilderness. The great open book of nature is my religion. My church is the church of the forest
Page 96 - Whenever I chanced to come across a deer on one of the trails, that deer knew instinctively the moment she saw me whether or not I had an idea of doing her harm. She understood me very quickly, and I understood her. That is why the red deer and the little white fawn that came to my spring every morning were such good friends of mine. There isn't an animal in the forest that does n't want to make friends with man!
Page 1 - I began to wonder how many people would notice that particular bit of color, which, from a standpoint of faithful portrayal, was as important as the eye of the creature itself. From this thought my mind wandered on to the realization that the people of the present time were sadly neglecting the details of the great book of nature.
Page 132 - It is not necessary for the man to speak to an animal in order to establish an understanding. iri could only live about twice the time allotted to the human race it would be the height of my ambition to go back to the woods, where, in perfect harmony, I could come to understand more about all these living wild creatures. I am confident that a complete understanding would eventually arise between man and animal.
Page 290 - Where do a majority of the people of to-day go in the summertime? They go to the crowded summer resorts, at the seashore and the mountains. They carry the social whirl along with them, and when they return after a vacation they are even more tired than when they went away. What have they learned?
Page 82 - ... broken by the appearance of some chance hunter, once in a while, and my talking with him would break the monotony until someone else came along. But here alone in the wilderness day after day without the sound of a human voice, or the contact of a human being, and the knowledge that there would n 't be either for two whole months, it was very different.
Page 81 - I have come back to civilization hundreds of people, with real sympathy in their voices, have said to me, "How you must have suffered!" In every instance they referred to physical suffering. They imagined themselves out in the dark woods, alone, and cold, and without any clothing. They thought of eating nothing but berries and roots, and with fertile imaginations, colored up by extreme contrasts between wilderness life and the life of civilization, no doubt, conjured up quite terrible pictures in...

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