Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: 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 The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chris Knight, at the age of twenty drove his car as far as he could and disappeared into the woods where he managed to stay out of sight for twenty-seven years. The only evidence of his existence was his break ins of the cabins to find food and other supplies. He was always very neat and never took anything other than what he absolutely required. He left no footprint in the woods. He was a completely solitary man and was happy with and craved his solitude. During this twenty-seven year period he never spoke to anybody except one hiker that crossed his path and he said "hi". That was the total conversation in all that time. He was a voracious reader and took as much reading material as he could get his hands on.

This was extremely informative and entertaining. The author describes Chris' campsite and how everything worked beautifully and how recycling works, etc. I found this part of the story especially interesting.

The book did make me feel very sad for Chris and his way of life. One of the last times that he spoke to the author he indicated that he wanted to be back in the forest and go with "the lady of the woods" whom he claimed was "death".

An excellent and important read.

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