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

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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 who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality--not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.

In 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 life--why 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.

Title:The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
ISBN:1101924926
Format Type:Audio CD
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  • Petra Eggs
    Mar 29, 2017

    Four stars, just. There were two stories here, but the author only told one. I understand why but I am frustrated so I added, 'just'.All-American kid age 20 abandons his new car and wanders off into t...

  • Diane S ?
    Mar 02, 2017

    At the age of twenty, Christopher Knight, leaves his large though taciturn family, his job, and society as a whole and disappears into the Maine woods. He will live within a short distance from others...

  • Julie
    Apr 01, 2017

    The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel is a 2017 Knopf publication. Is it fact or fiction? I don’t suppose this story ever showed up on my Newsf...

  • Frankie
    Mar 29, 2017

    I was sent this book from Goodreads.I really enjoyed this book. More than I thought I would. Really interesting....

  • Ammar
    Apr 03, 2017

    Michael Finkel's The Stranger in the Woods is the mesmerizing account of Christopher Knight's disappearance into Maine's forests for 27 years. For reasons Knight himself never fully articulates, he ab...

  • Eve
    Apr 09, 2017

    "Silence, it appears, is not the opposite of sound. It is another world altogether, literally offering a deeper level of thought, a journey to the bedrock of the self."Can you think of a time when yo...

  • Jennifer
    Mar 20, 2017

    “...sometime in the 1990s, he encountered a hiker walking in the woods. “What did you say?” asks Vance. “I said, 'Hi,'” Knight replies. Other than that single syllable, he insists, he had ...

  • Connie
    Mar 25, 2017

    Have you ever felt like getting away from the stress of modern life for a few days? Christopher Knight took that idea to the extreme, walking into the woods of Maine and living in isolation for 27 yea...

  • JanB
    Mar 30, 2017

    3.5 starsHaven't we all at one time or another just wanted to escape and get away from the noise and hustle and bustle of modern life? Maybe for a week or two. And maybe with a spouse or friend. Chris...

  • Laura
    Mar 24, 2017

    I started this book and finished within 24 hours. It's absolutely fascinating. I do not think that it was acceptable to steal from others but it's pretty amazing that this guy stayed off the grid for ...