The Stranger in the Woods

The Stranger in the Woods

The Extraordinary Story of the North Pond Hermit

eBook - 2017
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"For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. 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 in winter, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water, to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, 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 the why and how of his secluded life--as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A riveting 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"--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101875698
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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AL_SARAHD Sep 05, 2017

Many of us wish to make an escape from this world; to go off into the wilderness and never return. Christopher Knight is the exception. He left his world, his family, and his possessions for a life of complete silence and solitude. They called him "hermit" or "insane" but it is only through his own words, that we are finally given truth.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Aug 16, 2017

I was completely fascinated by Knight's story because who hasn't ever thought about escaping from the world for a few days (or longer)? However, I did finish the book feeling frustrated because I never got to the point where I really understood Knight's mindset or his motivations for living the way he did. I do think Finkel did an admirable job in reporting the story and making it as engaging as possible but was simply prevented from going any deeper due Knight's unwillingness to share more. This would be a great pick for any book group because it is sure to generate lots of thoughtful discussion.

SCL_Tricia Aug 11, 2017

I didn't agree with the author's view point and perspective on a few things but I enjoyed the book. It is not very often that you can say that, usually if I disagree, I don't like the book. I enjoyed the back history on hermits and Knight. His childhood sounded interesting and I would have liked to know more. I found the book to be just the right length, the author did not try to drag it out into more than it was and I did appreciate that. All in all a great book to start a discussion.

SCL_Heather Aug 10, 2017


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