Ever since watching a PBS telethon, I was hooked. I am absolutely fascinated how Dick Proenneke literally built his life piece by piece with his own two hands. Even more, he was smart about it. He didn't just trek out to the middle of nowhere in the dead of winter with just a backpack and beef jerky, he was resourceful and realistic - he secured a cabin to stay in while he was building his own. He built a beautiful cabin, collected wood for his heat, hunted and gathered for food, and most of all enjoyed all Alaska had to offer him. His respect for nature - the land, the animals, himself - and his recognition of being one with his surroundings and not trying to control it, all contribute to what made him successful in achieving his dream. A true must-read for adventurers and dreamers alike.
Sam Keith takes journals from Dick Preonneke and adding his own thoughts and writing style gives the reader a day by day account of buildng a wildernes cabin and the life he lives in the Twin Lake region in Alaska. Truely a well written book even if Dick Proenneke doesn't care for someone else (Keith) taking his own thoughts and written words and putting a twist on them. Award winning book that is only a glimpse of Dick Proenneke's real journals. Start with this book and after you finish it you will want "More Readings From One Man's Wilderness: The Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1974-1980."
Author Sam Keith has taken thoughts and photos from Richard Proenneke's daily journals and woven them all together in a veritable wealth of reflection. Mr. Proenneke was flown into a remote Alaskan wilderness where he lived off the land in a wilderness setting in near total self sufficiency. He built his log cabin and many other useful articles from materials he prepared himself; he fed himself from nature's pantry with supplemental supplies periodically flown in. His journals provide a glimpse of a reflective, secure individual completely at ease in the wilderness. If you are looking for thrills and adventure this is not the book for you. If, however, you relish quiet glimpses into the daily musings of a wilderness DIY expert, then you will enjoy this book.