'I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, ' wrote Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond. For Richard Proenneke the same desire was so strong it prompted the fifty-year-old heavy equipment operator and repairman to retire early and go off to the woods.
Sometimes it is difficult for a person to know their strengths and weaknesses while living among others; one way to discover them is to live alone. Of course, most people will never venture far from the comforts of home, but Proenneke felt the call of the wild and lived the second part of his life in Alaska. . .
Keith and Proenneke were coworkers on Kodiak Island and formed a friendship that lasted for decades. . . Keith's writing is clear and descriptive; one can sense each strike of the ax and draw of the knife. The reader feels he is experiencing the adventure as well. The journal descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness flow from the page to the reader.
This outdoor classic resurrects the grandeur of the simple life and Thoreau's words: 'if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.'
Readers who are interested in detailed information on cabin building, or just want to dream about living in a place far beyond home, will enjoy this book.--Alan L. White "Foreword Reviews "