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Guy Grieve's life was going nowhere - trapped in a job he hated, commuting 2,000 miles a month and up to his neck in debt. But he dreamed of escaping it all to live alone in one of the wildest, most remote places on earth - Alaska. And just when he'd given up hope, the dream came true. Suddenly Guy was thrown into one of the harshest environments in the world, miles from tGuy Grieve's life was going nowhere - trapped in a job he hated, commuting 2,000 miles a month and up to his neck in debt. But he dreamed of escaping it all to live alone in one of the wildest, most remote places on earth - Alaska. And just when he'd given up hope, the dream came true. Suddenly Guy was thrown into one of the harshest environments in the world, miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment. And he soon found - whether building a log cabin from scratch, hunting, ice fishing or of course dodging bears in the buff - that life in the wilderness was anything but easy...Part Ray Mears, part Bill Bryson, CALL OF THE WILD is the gripping story of how a mild-mannered commuter struggled with the elements - and himself - and eventually learned the ways of the wild....

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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Call of the Wild Reviews

  • Lisa Kearns
    2019-06-06 14:30

    Throughout this book, I was very angry with Mr. Grieve for leaving his family for a year to "find himself". Many of us are approaching middle age, commuting, working in cubicles, parenting toddlers, and chafing at the sameness of our lives. His type of adventure is something he should have done before marriage and before having kids. Every time I read about his calls home and his sorrow over missing his children I felt angry again. His wife deserves all the credit for keeping the family together while Guy went on this venture. I wonder how he would have handled it if Juliet (his wife) had decided she wanted to take a year off to go someplace far away.On the other hand, I really enjoyed the book. I love reading about how he came to Alaska without ANY skills or ideas about survival, and how he learned and adapted. His struggling with insects, felling trees, starting fires, trapping beavers, melting enough snow to drink, mushing sled dogs and learning to shoot firearms was impressive. I especially enjoyed reading the step by step instructions he gave for building a cabin and clearing a portage, and the footnotes he used throughout the book to explain certain terms he used. The photos he included were a great addition to the story, too. He included several lists in the back of the book, which explained what gear he used and how he cooked some of his meals. I would have liked to see a list of the foods he took with him, and their quantities. I would also have liked to read the articles he sent to The Scottsman newspaper.Guy owes a huge debt to the family who lent him tools, a snow machine, and their time and experience in building his cabin. He is very lucky to have found other people willing to lend him a four wheeler and to teach him to handle a dog team. I wonder if he has stayed in touch with them since his adventure ended.Overall, this is a good book for those who dream of building a cabin and living in the wilderness. Mr. Grieve has a very humble and honest way of telling his story. If you can get past the part where he left his family, you will enjoy the book.

  • Olivia Steele-mortimer
    2019-06-14 13:50

    I enjoyed reading this book but found it hard not to dislike a man that would put so many other people's lives at risk in order to satisfy his urge to live in the Alaskan interior. Without the incredible generosity of several locals he would have died.

  • Troy
    2019-05-20 07:56

    The one-phrase rundown: exxxcellent, Smithers.I loved this book. Ok, I freakin’ loved this book. I will say that I’ve read more than a few ‘tales of survival’, from classics like Shackleton to those lost at sea to POW escapes. Guy’s story, though less harrowing in some ways, is one of the best in the genre.The whole things sounds like a recipe for disaster: a disillusioned Scottish exec, disturbed by the façade of modern life and wealth, decides to leave his family with relatives and spend a winter alone in Alaska for reasons he can’t actually articulate. He hatches this plan despite being a relative neophyte to the outdoors in general and to cold climates specifically. And from the start, he did almost everything wrong. Honestly, I was not necessarily poised to like Guy at the beginning of the book. Although he was doing something that I’ve always dreamed of, he had little idea of what he was really getting into; he tried to prepare with NF gear and unsuitable boots but he could have easily ended up as just another chechako who made fatal, avoidable mistakes and died in the midst of a failed Alaska/Jack London/Farely Mowat fantasy. He also detailed how badly he felt being away from his family (a wife, one baked bun and another in the oven). At first, I was disappointed that we had little in common (I over-prepare and am not so family-oriented). But the more I read, the more I came to root for Guy. I now unabashedly count him among the few authors I’d stand in line to meet.Guy succeeded in spite of his repeated misjudgments and, moreover, prospered, living a year that I would pay to experience (if I had any money). But you can’t deny that Guy made mistake after mistake, several potentially lethal, in one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. He did things that made me cringe – my favorite was wearing a kilt to a backwoods Alaska bar – and I ended up lovin’ him all the more for it for it. Guy not only survives and gains valuable wisdom (about Alaska and life) but he tells the readers all about it, for goodness’ sakes. I would be unlikely to admit some of the things he did, but Guy gives it to us as a good writer should: with great wit and humility. So don’t get me wrong – if I ever tried something like this, I would want Guy with me. And Don. And Charlie. And Chris and Claudette and Carol. And Fuzzy.The mention of that cast of characters brings me to what I thought was one of the central themes in this book: luck. Guy had the inexplicably good fortune to meet a number of incredible people, often at the moment he needed them. For instance: after discovering he’d cut down and peeled huge logs which he planned to use to build his cabin, he realized he had no way to move them to the cabin site. Poof! Two native guys randomly show up moose hunting and offer him the use of their beat-up ATV. Guy gives credit where credit is due, however, and it’s obvious that his friends made a big difference. I think it was ultimately Guy’s affability and humanity which gained him these friends.Guy’s descriptions of his world book make it obvious why so many other musher/hermit wannabes end up crazy and/or dead in the interior. In that way, I found this a cautionary tale, as Into the Wild was when I read it years ago, but much more fun and accessible than Krakauer’s youthful reminisces of Devil’s Thumb. Guy makes us glad he went (yea! He found what he was looking for in Alaska, didn't go nuts, and he’s not dead!) And Guy, true to his honest, generous nature, gives all sorts of info in the back of the book about gear, how to avoid his mistakes, or how to make a good beaver rib dish. Search Amazon and you’ll see another book that he recently put out concerning cooking: The Wild Gourmets: Adventures in Food and Freedom. Not adventure, but I’ll add it to my stack of unused cookbooks.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-25 08:53

    This is a book about a man sick of his corporate newspaper job in Scotland and craves to live in the wilds of Alaska, for one winter. He makes some internet friends, a grizzled former Hells Angels Alaskan and his wife. With the aid of these new friends and others, he builds a log cabin in the interior of Alaska, learns to hunt, cook and fish and get through one winter.If you liked the Woodswoman books, you'll probably like this.Throughout the course of the book, he relates how he gets tools from his new friends, how they help him, and you get to learn all kinds of things about moose, mush dogs, cooking and hunting in the wild. He also relates mushing adventures, adventures the few times he gets into town, including an almost fight with a drunk guy.It's delightful. Just as on Amazon, there are people dumping on him because he "abandoned" his family back in Scotland for this allegedly selfish adventure.Huh? Who can't relate to how he feels, suffocated in his job. Plus, it's not like he just dumps his family, he discusses doing this, and still getting paid from his old job, since he will write a weekly column for his newspaper about Alaska and what he's doing through sat.-phone-internet.And he talks about his family constantly, and you can tell they love each other.Also, Guy is very humble. He admits his gratitude towards others for helping him out. He's likeable, so it's no wonder people want to help him achieve his dream. Now, pay it forward, Guy!The ONLY thing I didn't like was he was sort of mean to Fuzzy in the beginning, and I wanted to wring his neck. But then later, they are a team. Still, I didn't understand why he didn't take Fuzzy back with him to Scotland. By the end of spring, they were best friends. I could NEVER leave a dog I love. Never.Great escapist nature read.

  • Alasdair
    2019-06-06 12:34

    Escape from the mundane day to day existence of sleep, eat, work, sleep, eat, work, sleep to the world of frozen adventures and self discovery. Guy Grieve ditches his day job in Edinburgh (and also coldly it could be argued his wife and child) to follow his dream of building a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness and living there alone for the winter. It takes a brave guy (excuse the pun) to stay true to yourself and follow your dreams when all around you think you've gone totally bonkers. He manages to make you feel like you are there with him and are sharing in his successes and disasters. The cold harsh Alaskan winter is made to feel that little bit warmer by the relationships he develops with the local people and his team of dogs. A great read that makes me want to walk into work on Monday and tell my boss to stick it...I'm off to get a map, compass and some supplies..see you in a year. Tchau!

  • Stephen Arnott
    2019-05-29 08:30

    Guy's adventures are compelling, and it's fascinating to read an authentic account of living through an Alaskan winter in a remote cabin, but he comes across as a little selfish and entitled, so it's hard to warm him as a person (no gag intended).However, I'm glad I read it, was never bored, and learnt a lot.

  • Claudia
    2019-06-12 12:38

    This book changed my life - for the good.

  • Robyn Obermeyer
    2019-06-16 07:39

    I love this kind of reading in the winter!

  • David Fox
    2019-05-17 09:58

    A Beginner’s Guide to Survival in Alaska’s BushShortly after beginning Guy Grieve’s Call of the American Wild I was reminded of the classic One Man’s Wilderness by Sam Keith (reviewed in the Anchorage Press on 1/15/15). It was a riveting book about Richard Proenneke, who possessed enormous backcountry talents and applied them all, living and thriving by himself in Alaska’s wilderness. Some parallels can be drawn between Grieve’s book and Proenneke’s story. We’ve got two guys who want to move to the uninhabited bush, live in a cabin and make it through the winter, relying upon their own initiative. Both believed it was critical to improving the quality of their life. The similarities pretty much end there. While Proenneke journaled that he enjoyed every aspect of his singular trek the same cannot be said of Grieve. Proenneke relished the challenge, savored the solitude and was 100% certain that his decision to strike it out alone was the best decision he’d ever made. Grieve’s story is hysterically different.Grieve moved from Scotland to Galena (90 miles south of the Arctic Circle), Alaska to get away from a job he hated and from a mounting stack of bills he was sick of paying. He left behind a wife and two small children (who he truly loved) to pursue this year long adventure because he believed it would rescue his life and rejuvenate his marriage. However, he failed to adequately consider a few items. He’d never done anything like this. He did not know how to survive away from civilization nor have a clue about the prerequisite resources to keep him alive. But, he didn’t care about those deficiencies; he wanted to get on with it and prove to himself that he could do it.Though Grieve arrived in Alaska without the technical skills or experiences required to survive in the bush, he did have one crucial attribute working in his favor – people liked him. From the get-go, his non-threatening, easy going personality helped him make friends with the locals. He was the sort of fellow who inspired acts of kindness. People he met gave him stuff and not just cheap stuff either. Literal strangers gave him essential tools, provided him with lodging, taught him how to survive. If not for his affable personality he would have been deader than a doornail long before the first snow. Prior to leaving for Alaska he had contacted Charlie, a local in Galena to assist him. Originally, he planned on staying in a cabin owned by Don, Charlie’s father-in-law; upon arriving he learned that Don’s cabin had been burned to the ground in a massive wild fire and if he still wanted to pursue his year-in-the bush, he’d have to construct his own cabin. He’d never built a cabin; or, as he confessed, he never built anything. To succeed he’d need to master a number of tasks, challenging for even a seasoned woodman, much less a tenderfoot like himself. He had less than two months before bitter cold winter (60 below) descended to clear a path through the dense foliage from the river to the clearing where the cabin would stand; cut down 52 trees, strip them and somehow haul them to the clearing. Then, he had to build the cabin. Not wanting to return to Scotland a humiliated failure, he sucked it up and told his new friends he’d make it happen. Call of the American Wild could have been a different book. Easily, Grieves could have confined it to the escapades of a neophyte surviving in the wild. Instead, he lifts his memoir of man conquering the frozen elements to a broader scope –infusing it with a vibrant sense of humanity. He repeatedly credits Don and Charlie and others in Galena for not only the materials and support, but for their sheer presence in his life. He knows they made all the difference in his triumphs.His recognition of important beings extends beyond humans. He warmly embraces the memorable relationships he formed with his dogs. Fuzzy, an unwanted village dog, becomes his steadfast companion. And then, there’s his mush team. After Galena’s musher teaches him how to mush, he loans him a team of six dogs, who gain his admiration and respect.All in all, Grieves paints a fascinating portrait of a man learning to survive in harrowing conditions. More importantly, what emerges is a man’s metamorphosis, from a struggling rookie searching for meaning in the wild to a guy humbled by nature and forever in awe of his fellow beings.Review was originally published in the Anchorage Press on March 17, 2016.

  • Cataluna6
    2019-05-23 15:39

    At some point in our lives we all dream of packing it in and having a grand adventure. I often think how I'd enjoy taking time off and traveling the world. Gut Grieve made that dream a reality. As the blurb says he was stuck in a job he hated, in dept and was unhappy with aspects of his life. So rather than suffering it out how most of us do, he quit his job and took to the wilds of Alaska for a year.I enjoyed reading this, Guy mentions that he wrote for The Scotsman while he was in Alaska and these articles were part of the basis for the book so it makes sense that this is easy to read. I was happy to read a chapter at a time, although there were some points where I had to keep reading. I wouldn't mind doing some digging and finding the original articles.There were a number of photos of the camp and surrounds included in the book and this helped me picture his daily life, in the book there were also lists of what he took with him, which I found interesting. I suppose you could use this book as a jumping off point if you were looking at doing something similar - but it goes without saying research would be key before attempting something like this. I liked that it acknowledges the realities of living in the wild. Guy had a huge amount of help setting up for his year in Alaska. Both with extensive research before he left Scotland and once he arrived in Alaska. Guy mentions both Christopher McCandless and his death in Alaska (John Krakauer wrote Into the Wild based on McCandless' story) and Guy also mentions another man who was attempting to do the same thing as him but was found starving in his camp because he didn't prepare for the winter properly.I would loved to have read more about the Native American family that helped him when he reached Alaska. I can imagine they would have some amazing stories to tell and reading about the dog sled team was fascinating. Those dogs are fantastic, that they can withstand the cold, the pressures of sledding and reading how they train them - amazing!The only thing I didn't love about this was that Guy left his family behind and it's not even that, I guess it's more about how I felt about that. For one, it frustrated me to no end. How do you quit your job, leave your wife and two small children to live alone in Alaska for a year. It's all well and good to have a mid life crisis, but it works a little differently when you have family responsibilities. But each to their own I guess. I know if that was my husband, I would've gone with him! But by the end of the book, I think I had a better understanding of why he did it.I'm interested in reading his other book, Sea Legs, where he and his family sail from Venezuela to Scotland. I like the 'off-road' sense that you get from Call of the Wild. I like a swanky hotel as much as the next person, but I also love that idea of visiting a place as locals would. I want to see a place as it should be seen, not through the windows of a kontiki bus and that is was this book inspires.

  • Rhys Parry
    2019-05-29 11:38

    It's hard not to empathise with Guy Grieve's desire to escape the soul-destroying rat race. How many of us also dream of stepping off the treadmill of our daily existence, to abandon the all-too-familiar cycle of the daily commute to a job where our only value is measured by the last spreadsheet we completed, the last report that we filed or the last mind-numbing meeting that we were forced to attend? We are led to believe, by conventional thinking, that this mode of life is the most civilised, the most productive, the most rewarding. Yet, clearly it is a great cause of stress and despair for many. If given the opportunity to escape from the shackles of this existence, even if only temporarily, how many of us would not simply jump at the chance to do so? Guy Grieve manages to leave behind the source of his own personal cause of misery - namely, a stressful, unrewarding job with a precarious and uncertain future (sound all too familiar?) - in favour of a chance at eking out a temporary existence in the harsh and unremitting Alaskan wilderness.The book charts his course of leaving behind his family (and job) in Scotland to pursue a spartan existence of living in solitude in a self-made cabin in the Alaskan wintry wastes. He is taken in by a native Alaskan family, and is taught how to lead a self-sufficient existence before he is quickly left to fend for himself against the harsh environment.It's a well-written book (Guy is a journalist, after all) sprinkled with parts that both educate as well as entertain and offers some genuine glimpses into the undeniable spiritual reverence that Nature can inspire in us. Along the way, Guy meets some extraordinary characters - and not all are actually human! But the main draw is obviously the land itself, which is both beautiful and all-too deadly.It's an enjoyable read, and it feeds into that desire that many of us share of leaving our slave-like existence behind to set out and lead a self-sufficient life free from the mores of 21st century urban living. Naive? Probably. A desirable goal? Absolutely.Highly recommended. Right, I must finish now. I need to get back to that bloody spreadsheet I was working on......

  • Keryn
    2019-05-31 14:42

    Wow. I didn't expect to be as taken with this book as I was. Despite the recklessness of the concept, one has to admire the courage and humility of an 'average' city guy with a big wild crazy dream of escaping to the wild, to actually put in the work, listen to wisdom and admit his vulnerability amidst the vast unforgiving Alaskan winter terrain, before finally reaching his goal.The book was peppered with quotes at the start of each chapter, but the most powerful quote for me was from the famous poem by Robert Frost 'The road not taken' (two roads diverted in a yellow wood....) because Grieve definitely took the road less travelled and came out the other side a better person. I was impressed by how much he learnt, how many mistakes he made, how he writes of the wildlife with which he shares the woods (grizzlies, moose, wolves, etc) with such awe and builds the story to be inclusive of his surroundings. Amusing and heart-wrenching at times, this certified urban cat lover takes on the training and running of a team of 6 huskies, fishes, hunts, chops trees and builds a cabin which will be used by others after him - all alone, but the strength of the tale lies in the unexpected local relationships and never-ending guidance and support which led to his greatest learning - humility.I read the book on audio in my car over the holidays and it was a real escape for me. Well worth the read. Many might criticise the author's deserting of his young family, but the old cliche of 'absence makes the heart fonder' comes into play throughout the novel. Sometimes we have to glimpse the other side to appreciate what beauty we truly have.

  • Crystal Smiley
    2019-05-16 10:52

    The story moves along quickly and definitely made me envious of the author's nerve. How would it feel to quit your job, move to one of the last great wildernesses, and learn how to survive there doing exactly the opposite of what you had been doing? The idea of meeting huge predators ion the woods on a regular basis does nothing for me, but the thought of dumping the rat race certainly has appeal. The author bothered me a bit. The constant mentions of how badly he missed his family wore thin for me, as he'd chosen this path from a dream of his own and had no one to blame but himself for the separation from his wife and children during his time away. The fact that he often states he doesn't know why he did what he did was annoying as well. He did what he did because he wanted to do it and he was just lucky enough to have a wife supportive enough to take their two small boys and move in with her parents while he did it. Fortunately, his exploits and descriptions are interesting enough to make me want to look past his woe-is-me-I-got-exactly-what-I-wanted tendency. I really enjoyed the parts of the book concerning the elderly man who helped him learn to survive in and respect the Alaskan interior. What a funny, wise man.

  • Marcin
    2019-06-07 12:34

    Wielokrotnie czytając książkę chciałem napisać "Guy, ty idioto, nie przygotowałeś się!". Mając przed sobą jeszcze sporą część książki chciałem zbesztać autora, że rusza w tę samą naiwną i romantyczną podróż, co Henry David Thoreau w swojej książce "Walden, czyli życie w lesie" czy Christopher McCandless z "Wszystko za życie". Zostawiając swoją żonę z małymi dziećmi poszedł realizować swoje wyidealizowane, egoistyczne, romantyczne i postmodernistyczne marzenia. Przeczytałem jednak całość i w końcu sam musiałem zadać sobie pytanie - aby zrobić coś takiego trzeba być bardzo dojrzałym czy bardzo niedojrzałym?Guy dał świadectwo tego, że się da; że można się nauczyć wszystkiego; że największe katusze przeżywa się w duszy, a nie ciele. Nigdy też nie krytykował całego dorobku cywilizacji per se, jak to mają w zwyczaju inni idealiści tego pokroju. Chciał jedynie spełnić swoje marzenia, diametralnie zmienić swoje życie i poddać się ogromnej próbie. Myślę, że zdał ją w 100%, a jego intymna książka jest tego doskonałym potwierdzeniem.

  • Najwa
    2019-06-01 08:59

    At the start, I was so excited to read this book as I've always been fond of adventurers. Guy Grieve did very well in narrating his journey to Alaska to the reader with all its ups & downs & the experience & the lessons he came out with which led to his conclusion that one should seek out happiness & the secret behind the life they're destined to live. Half through the book, however, I was little bit bored as the author was all the time talking about the same subject, which is the wilderness, and Don's family whom he met. There was nothing else to add to his story which would encourage the reader to read further without putting the book down, it somehow lacked the element of excitement to it. Other than that, Guy's experience in the wilderness & talking about bears & human's survival instincts in addition to the way he attributed it to changing his life & finding the hidden happiness he was lacking before this had happened certainly added to the way I think of life.

  • Judith Dickerman-Nelson
    2019-05-26 14:48

    My son gave me this book for a birthday present. I enjoyed reading about a man following his dream of living in the Alaska interior. Tired of spending his life working and commuting, the author begins to believe he might go crazy if he doesn't try to reach his goal. He wants to build his own cabin and live in the harsh world of winter with its subzero temperatures. Guy Grieve believes he will learn to rely on himself, and certainly he does. However, he also learns lessons about humility and the need to connect with others while accepting their generosity. He leaves his wife and children at home while he goes of on his adventure. It was a book I could put down and return to again later--not a book that I just couldn't wait to see what happened--but interesting, nonetheless.

  • Malin Friess
    2019-06-06 13:51

    Guy Grieve leaves a corporate job he hates in Scotland to make a life for himself in Alaska. With just the basic equipment, Guy learns to build a cabin, hunt, fish and survive in the Wild. I didn't finish this book. Guy may be a great hunter but he is a poor writer. I found Guy's motivations selfish as he left his wife and young children to pursue something he though was noble, but very well could have been eaten by a Bear or froze to death and left a widow to raise his children (think Chris McCandless). I would steer clear of this book. If you are looking for a story about someone who leaves a corporate job to find himself..go with John Krakauer's, "Into the Wild."

  • Jeffrey
    2019-05-28 15:50

    I really enjoyed this book. I get that he never does explain his reasoning for doing what he did. Sometimes you don't even know why, you just know that you need to do it.I feel that there needs to be more of a description of the book than what is listed in Goodreads, so here it is.This book is about a journey that Guy goes on. He leaves his wife and two boys to spend a winter in the Interior of Alaska, with the help of a new family that he forms with native Alaskans. He builds his own cabin, uses a dog sled team, and survives the harsh Alaska winter on his own in complete solitude.

  • Don
    2019-05-28 13:33

    This is a good read for lovers of adventure and of the great outdoors. It is funny that the author could not explain either before or after his reasons for leaving his family for a year to build and live in a cabin in a remote location in Alaska. I too sometimes have a hard time understanding the reasons for some of my adventures, but like the author I find spending time immersed in nature restores my soul and gives me time to think about what really matters in life. I am grateful for a wife who fully supports my adventures and, I am glad I can get the rewards that I do, without having to risk my life the way author did!

  • Jessica
    2019-06-01 12:30

    I had to quit reading this book because the author was just making me too mad! He doesn't like his job in Scotland and feels overwhelmed by debt and family responsibilities so he decides moving to Alaska alone for a year and building and living in a cabin in the bush will somehow fix things. It really made me angry that he left his wife and two very young sons behind for an entire year to do this. Plus he has absolutely NO experience with building a cabin or surviving in the wild. The way he writes is like I'm a bumbling idiot but somehow everything will work out for me in the end. It was just too irritating so I had to stop reading it. Would not recommend this one at all!

  • Carry
    2019-06-08 07:52

    It was an interesting read. It was definitely written by a man; the details were stark and humour, different. Overall I enjoyed it, it was very much escapism reading for me. It also made me appreciate our cold weather compared to what I could be having if I was stuck in the Alaskan interior. If you don't like to read about hunting and the finer details involved, you might want to skip it. However if you want to know what it was like to live a year in the wild Alaskan interior with little experience, I'd highly recommend it!

  • Marie Knock
    2019-05-18 11:39

    I really enjoyed this book. Lets face it - many of us lack the courage to quit a job we hate and move to the other side of the world. We worry about a life without tv, topshop and the internet, but here's a man who chose to escape to Alaska with nothing more than the clothes on his back. His journey is brave, courageous, gripping and, for me, envious. His accounts of how he learns to sled, build and house and hunt are passionate written and honest. I highly recommend it.

  • Karen Lehmann
    2019-06-02 08:33

    This book is great managed to read it on the long journey back home and it blew me away this guys journey is amazing i would swap the city life for alaska any day. Really made me look at what im doing and where i want to be, left me with a lump in my throat as he has to say goodbye to alaska and everything he connected with in that year...

  • Jamie
    2019-05-27 09:40

    While I enjoyed the book, I cannot get over this guys ability to leave his family, i shake my head. It is hard to feel sorry for his loneliness, he put himself in this I have not reached that point in my life of mid life crisis, I did not understand his motivation. That said, not a bad book.

  • Chris
    2019-06-14 15:50

    This would have been a lot more awesome if someone had sat the author down and had some stern words with him on the subjects of vocative commas and putting the %^&!#$% punctuation inside the %^&!#$% quotation marks if it is part of the %^&!#$% dialogue. Fortunately, once he got to Alaska, he talked to fewer people.

  • Ferris
    2019-05-17 07:54

    Well, I am certain that all the superlatives have been used about this magnificent novel. So, I will just say that I absolutely loved this book. Anyone who has ever loved a dog, will love this book. Anyone who loves adventure, will love this book. Anyone who dreams of the wilderness, will love this book. Amazing!

  • Gus
    2019-06-12 14:29

    Really enjoyed this novel, very strange and selfish Grieve leaves his family to ‘try’ tosurvive a year in the Interior of Alaska. Luckily a family gives him a fighting chanceand helps in settle into his new lifestyle. A great pace that keeps you reading, asyou can see it didn’t take long to read.

  • Beyond Words
    2019-06-13 12:53

    Couldnt get over the stupidly of the man. Not leaving his family for adventure, but for putting his head into the lion's mouth. Thought I'd just read through that, but chapter after chapter he exposes himself and the generous people that surround him to unnecessary danger. Not a great read at all.

  • Sheryl Vore
    2019-06-10 08:47

    My husband read this book to me -- It's a fascinating tale of one man's desire to leave the corporate world and build a log cabin in Alaska -- but he left behind his family for a year and found a new family of Alaskans for a while.

  • Kristopher
    2019-06-05 08:36

    Fantastic book. The courage it took to travel around the world and spend a year in the wilds of Alaska cannot be ignored. The writing style is engaging and really drew me into the book. I genuinely grew to care for Grieve and his dogs and the other people he encountered on his adventure.