The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Author Michael Finkel
ISBN-10 1101875682
ISBN-13 9781101875681
Year 2017-03-07
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher Knopf
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Many people dream of escaping modern life but most will never act on it This is the remarkable true story of a man wholived alone in the woods of Maine for27years making this dream a realitynot out of anger at the world but simply because he preferred to live on his own ANew York TimesbestsellerIn 1986 a shy and intelligent twenty year old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts drove to Maine and disappeared into the forest He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food Living in a tent even through brutal winters he had survived by his wits and courage developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water and to avoid freezing to death He broke into nearby cottages for food clothing reading material and other provisions taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded lifewhy did he leave what did he learn as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude community and what makes a good life and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way and succeeded

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