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I had high hopes for this book when I requested it. Being someone who loves the outdoors and enjoys any tale about someone going out on their own and living in the wilderness, I couldn't wait to read about a fellow WOMAN doing it. How great a story this would be to read! Not. Though I commend the author for going out into the Adirondacks and building her own cabin and living in the wilderness alone, I cannot commend her writing style. It was slow, pedantic, and boring. I kept reading trying to get into things, but could never work up the interest. This was more of a personal journal than an interesting story for others to read. This is definitely not a page-turner that will keep you interested and reading until you've reached the final page. I finally gave up and moved on to other works. This is not normal for me as I will read most any book I pick up from cover to cover (including any and all pages inbetween), so that should tell you something.
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Thought this book was very interesting. Wish I had the courage to live alone in the Adirondack Wilderness.
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Four or five times every year, I put on my imaginary flannel shirt or polar jumpsuit, and pretend that I'm capable enough, strong enough, fit enough and brave enough to adventure beyond my city apartment doorway into the wilds of the northwoods or the arctic polar regions. This dream lifestyle lasts about 24 hours after I finish a book like Woodswoman, and then reality sets back in in the form of working plumbing, running water, Big Macs and trips to Borders.
I greatly admire people like Anne LaBastille, who decided after her divorce (circa 1960's) to move from her and her ex-husband's Adirondack resort hotel to a 22 acre plot of land in the middle of the Adirondack wilderness. With the help of 2 strong friends, she built her own log cabin on the shores of a lake, and proceeded to live there several decades there while pursuing her writing and environmental consulting career. She shared her life with a dog named Pitzi, and later with a man she loved (but ultimately couldn't leave the Adirondack's for when he asked her to).
Her story of life in the wilderness is a beautiful testiment of the desire of one woman to live life on her own terms. She realized that for her, life was best lived in an environment she loved and respected, and that to do otherwise wasn't an option at all. She was a candid writer, and didn't hesitate to point out all her failings as the non-perfect woodswoman. She made plenty of mistakes - some of which might have easily gotten her killed. She also seemed like a somewhat reserved person who enjoyed her friends, welcomed visitors, but didn't easily let people into her inner self.
I look forward to reading her other books in the "Woodswoman" series.