N, September 11, 2011 (view all comments by N)
When I worked at a bookstore this was the book I gave to customers when they needed a gift for someone they didn't know very well. It has something for everyone. Beautiful scenes from nature, lots of laughter and adventure. You'll never feel the same about the scent of a skunk after this book. Try it. I guarantee you'll love it!
Marlena, January 15, 2009 (view all comments by Marlena)
I'm a fan of the Iditarod and this true story about the coming of age of one musher and his decision to run the Last Great Race made me laugh out loud and shed some tears. The story of his 1985 race illustrates how much (and why) the race rules have evolved through the years. If you love dogs and nature, this is the book for you.
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nancy roach, May 5, 2008 (view all comments by nancy roach)
Great book ... there were times that I just howled with laughter as I read it, and the pictures in my mind as he 'boinged' thru the roads of northern Minnesota with his dogs pulling the old care are priceless.
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Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
Used Trade Paper
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I read Winterdance while camping in the mountains of eastern Oregon when it was cold, very cold (though I was snug and warm in my sleeping bag), but I was glad to not be experiencing the Arctic climes in the book. Gary Paulsen describes cold and snow the likes of which I hope never to encounter, but does so with humor and an eye for detail that brings this story to life for the reader a world of stark beauty, the breath steaming from his dogs, the wild animals.
by Washington Post,
"There are only a handful of indispensable dog books...Winterdance belongs among [those] classics."
"In the tradition of Jack London...[Paulsen's] prose is spare and physical; at its best, it has the fluid simplicity of Hemingway."
by Nevada Weekly,
"A breathtaking, heart-stopping, roller coaster ride that depicts the brutal reality of the Iditarod, the magnificent beauty of Alaska, and the unique, if not surreal, relationship that develops between man and dog."
by Library Journal,
"In a style reminiscent of fellow nature writer Farley Mowat, Paulsen deftly examines careening on a precarious edge."
Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs.
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