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Finkel, Michael.(Author).
Bramhall, Mark.(Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 9781101924938 (sound recording)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (5 audio files) : digital
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2017.

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Unabridged.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrator: Mark Bramhall.
Summary, etc.:
Many people dream of escaping modern life, but ... Read More
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Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or ... Read More
Subject: Nonfiction.
Biography & Autobiography.
Nature.
Travel.
Genre: Electronic books.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 9781101924938
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 Finkel, Michael; Bramhall, Mark (Read by)
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Finkel's True Story (2005) mixed journalism and memoir and was made into a movie in 2015. Here, Finkel investigates Christopher Knight, who in 1986, at 20, walked into the woods of central Maine and stayed for 27 years. Knight maintained a strict moral code yet sustained himself by repeatedly burglarizing lake cottages and a nearby summer camp. He took only what he needed and shocked police with his crime-scene neatness and repair of the doors and windows he jimmied open. Aside from nearly deadly winters, Knight led an easy life in the woods, reading, listening to radio, and even enjoying a five-inch TV. Upon capture and incarceration, he became depressed, which, when he was set free, worsened as he struggled to reassimilate. Most clinicians doubt that Knight's hermit behavior was due to a medical condition, and he seems stable at the book's end. Some people empathize with Knight, but many cottage owners in his crime zone suffered understandable trauma. Big-budget promotion and the intriguingly unusual subject should create strong demand.--Carr, Dane Copyright 2017 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 9781101924938
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 Finkel, Michael; Bramhall, Mark (Read by)
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On a summer morning in 1986, 20-year-old Christopher Knight didn't show up for his job installing alarm systems in Waltham, Mass. Nearly three decades passed before he reappeared and revealed he'd spent most of that time camping in the woods of central Maine. In this fascinating account of Knight's renunciation of humanity, Finkel (True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa) struggles to comprehend the impulses that led Knight to court death by hypothermia even though his family home was less than an hour's drive away. To survive, Knight relentlessly pilfered supplies from vacation houses around his campsite, infuriating and terrifying homeowners and baffling a generation of cops. Finally apprehended during one of his raids, the "Hermit of North Pond" battled depression and contemplated suicide as he was forced to rejoin society. Drawn by the details that followed Knight's arrest, Finkel reached out to him through letters and visits. Despite frequent rebuffs, enough of a relationship developed for Finkel to broadly outline Knight's wilderness solitude. A fellow outdoorsman, Finkel places Knight in the long tradition of hermits, a category that has been admired and distrusted over the centuries. Yet even as Finkel immerses himself in Knight's life-researching hermits, consulting psychologists, even camping at Knight's hideaway-his subject's motivations remain obscure, leaving the book somehow incomplete. The book doesn't penetrate the mystery of Knight's renunciation, but the questions it raises remain deeply compelling. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781101924938
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When Christopher Knight was 20 years old, he quit his job, drove into rural Maine, left his car on the side of the road, and simply walked into the woods. That was 1986. In 2013, after 27 years of living as a hermit, he was arrested while breaking into a building to get food. Finkel (True Story: Murder, Memoir, and Mea Culpa) covers Knight's nearly three decades of living entirely outdoors in the Maine woods. To survive, Knight broke into nearby cabins more than 1,000 times and stole what he needed, including food, beverages, and propane. The book examines the history of solitude and hermits worldwide, including the benefits and severe effects of living alone. The trial of Knight is brief, and the aftermath creates great tension for the listener. Mark Bramhall narrates with his usual talent. His reading of quotes from Knight, who has a slow, gravelly New England accent, brings the listener fully into both the story and the freezing environment. VERDICT Fans of Finkel and anyone who has ever thought about walking away from life and living as a hermit will find a wealth of entertaining knowledge here. Highly recommended. ["With inevitable comparisons to Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, this book will appeal to recreational readers interested in outdoor adventure, survival stories, or escaping the mainstream": LJ 11/15/16 review of the Knopf hc.]-Jason L. Steagall, Gateway Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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