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One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odysseyby Sam Keith
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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 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.
Book News Annotation:
Reprint of the 1973 edition of life in the Twin Lakes area (170 miles west of Anchorage).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"Using Dick Proenneke's rough journals as a guide, and knowing him as well as I did, I have tried to get into his mind and reveal the 'flavor' of the man. This is my tribute to him, a celebration of his being in tune with his surroundings and what he did alone with simple tools and ingenuity in carving his masterpiece out of the beyond." ---Sam Keith, (1973)
To live in a pristine land . . . roam the wilderness . . . build a home. . . . Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. Here is a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.
About the Author
Sam Keith grew up in New England, lived in Alaska for 3 years and taught school in Massachusetts for 26 years. He pass away in Anderson, South Carolina in 2003.
Dick Proenneke grew up in Primrose, Iowa, traveled throughout the western United States and went to Alaska in 1950 where he worked until 1968. Then he build a log cabin at Twin Lakes (now inside Lake Clark National Park) and lived there until 1998, when he moved to Hemet, California where he passed away in 2003.
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