I picked up this book after seeing the movie/documentary about his life and time living in the wilderness with the bears. This book allows you to see a little bit deeper into Timothy's obsession with the bears. I found Timothy and this whole story to be so fascinating... it's terrible that it had to come to such a tragic end.
L. G. (L) reviewed The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears on
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OMG - this book was incredible! I knew Timothy Treadwell was a naturalist in Alaska, but I had no idea about his life, or anything about his background. His death was predictable, but it's so sad that a man who cared so much for bears would eventually be the victim of one. My only criticism of the book is that I wish it had focused on Amie Huguenard a bit more, as we learn virtually nothing about her. This book is very well written with an almost "folksy" voice - Nick Jans takes you to the Alaskan Coast and makes you feel as if you are part of the Grizzly Maze. I will definitely look for more of his books.
Rebekah N. reviewed The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears on
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I never write book reviews but I felt compelled to say something about this book. The writing isn't bad and it's obvious that a lot of time was spent on research. But, what infuriates me about this book is that an author would actually spend time promoting and writing a story about a man (Treadwell) who habitually and without discretion violates the simplest and most fundamental rule of nature (let it alone) while trying to convince everyone that he is doing a good thing. Treadwell was a self-promoter and worried about his own popularity. He exploited the bears to that end. Who in their right mind would try and "save" bears through actions that end up getting them killed instead? The amount of effort spend on this book would have been much better devoted to the hundreds of biologist and ecologist out there actually conserving wildlife and educating the public...without putting their subjects in danger. After every page I turned, I got more and more angry...I couldn't even finish reading it.
Anyone who spends time in bear country (pretty much any woods) should read this. Nick Jans tells the story of Timothy Treadwell, brings in his own experiences with bear, and provides research and conclusions to be made about how to deal with bears in the woods, or around your house.
Having read articles and other sources on Treadwell & his girlfriend's sad deaths I expected a bit more from this book. But, it did deliver a full picture of conditions where they died, thoughts on what errors they may have made, and a feeling of 'knowing' what motivated his behavior. I found it a satisfying read.
This is a book that once one starts reading it they will not want to put down. Jans has a way of writing that makes the reader feel like they are right in the center of everything, whether it be the grizzly maze or the controversy surrounding Treadwell.
This was such a great book. It tells the story of his obsession with the bears in Alaska. It tells of the 13 summers that he spent there. He even names the bears. The book was well written and grabbed me from the first paragraph. Have read many of Nick Jans articles for Alaska magazine and have liked every one. It does have quite a bit of statics but fit in the book quite well. It does have some gory parts but not too much.
This is an engrossing and informative book! I only knew a little about Timothy Treadwell before reading this book. I became very engrossed in reading this (while camping in the woods of all places!).
I enjoyed the author's lack of bias when sharing the story of Timothy and the bears. This book has made me more interested in Timothy Treadwell's like and in bear behavior in general and I will be reading more on this subject.
The book also contains information about scientific studies about bear attacks across the US. Very interesting findings.
In October of 2003 Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard were mauled and killed by a bear in Alaska's Katmai National Park. The first half of the book is about Timothy and his obsession with the bears. Very little about Amie, just a mention here and there. The second half of the book is about myths and statistics of a bear killing or harming humans. The whole book touches on activist and researchers alike on what happen that day. A audiotape in the only living witness to the horrific day and even it does not tell the whole story. Nick Jans does a fair job on keeping the very controversial Timothy story neutral. Timothy interactions with the bears were not well received with many and Nick Jans lets those voice be heard. Nick Jans also lets the voices of Timothy's supporters to be heard. I would have like more story about Amie. She too was a victim of Timothy's unhealthy obsession. Overall a ok book.