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

Michael Finkel (Author)
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Product Details

Price: $16.00  $14.72
Publisher: Vintage
Published Date: January 30, 2018
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 5.2 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
ISBN: 9781101911532
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About the Author

Michael Finkel is the author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, which was adapted into a 2015 major motion picture. He has written for National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in western Montana.

Reviews

"A meditation on solitude, wildness and survival." --The Wall Street Journal

"Astonishing. . . . An absorbing exploration of solitude and man's eroding relationship with the natural world." --The Atlantic

"Campfire-friendly and thermos-ready, easily drained in one warm, rummy slug. It also raises a variety of profound questions--about the role of solitude, about the value of suffering, about the diversity of human needs." --The New York Times

"[A] fascinating story. . . . Finkel manages to pry powerful words from the man who may hold the world title for silent retreat." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Reveals, in vivid detail, how Christopher Knight escaped society more completely than most anybody else in human history." --Outside

"[An] intriguing account of Knight's capture and confessions." --USA Today

"A story that takes the two primary human relationships--to nature and to one another--and deftly upends our assumptions about both. This was a breathtaking book to read and many weeks later I am still thinking about the implications for our society and--by extension--for my own life." --Sebastian Junger, author of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

"As strong as Finkel's storytelling instincts and prose are, his greatest feat in writing The Stranger in the Woods is the journalistic diligence and humanity he brought to Knight. . . . Through Finkel, Knight is able to speak up with his own voice at last." --Paste

"[Knight's] story will speak to anyone who has ever walked through the wilderness and considered, even for a moment, whether ever to leave." --Field & Stream

"Moving and haunting. . . . A beautifully rendered, carefully researched story." --PopMatters

"Riveting. . . . A stunning look inside at the life and inner thoughts of one of our era's most confounding characters." --Bangor Daily News

"Thought-provoking and enduring . . . Will leave readers thinking deeply about modern society, the search for meaning, and the impact of solitude. Finkel is a skilled storyteller." --Portland Press Herald (Maine)

"I was drawn through these pages in a single sitting--their pull is true and magnetic. . . . [Knight's] tale becomes universal thanks to the expert care of Finkel's writing. . . The Stranger in the Woods is, ultimately, a meditation on the pains of social obligation and the longing toward retreat that resides in us all." --Michael Harris, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"Michael Finkel has done something magical with this profound book . . . [His] investigation runs deep, summoning . . . the human history of our own attempts to find meaning in a noisy world." --Michael Paterniti, author of Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

"Chris Knight is an American original . . . I burned through this haunting tale in one rapt sitting." --John Vaillant, author of The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed