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The Stranger in the Woods
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit | Michael Finkel
For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. 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 in winter, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water, to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, 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 the why and how of his secluded life--as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A riveting 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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FelinesAndFelonies
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I'm legitimately confused about the high ratings on BOTM for this book. While the subject, Chris Knight, is interesting, the way that Michael Finkel basically stalked & harassed him to get a story he felt entitled to is pretty disgusting. Based on the voyeuristic behavior of the author, which I can't get past, this book is a ⭐⭐ read for me. 🫤

(Picture taken while waiting for my daughter's dance recital to start, not at the movie theater. 😂)

Clare-Dragonfly Wow… this book sounds interesting but that does sound really unpleasant. Not sure I could deal with it. 4mo
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katiekat311
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No. Just not for me. At all.
I found it wasn‘t just the “hermits” story; there were so many components NOT related to Knight that were just whole paragraphs of non-fiction, text book babble. That, I may add, were not needed and didn‘t add to the story, in my opinion. Also, I found it annoying how often Knight told Michael to leave him alone AND HE DIDN‘T. I applaud myself on not bailing, even though I was tempted. This was my #bookspin though!

FelinesAndFelonies I couldn't agree more! Like, boundaries much? It's like Finkel felt entitled to tell Knight's story despite his repeated requests to be left alone. It felt gross. 🤢 4mo
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DieAReader
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#JoysofJune #Challenge2021

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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suvata
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Mine is the book titled above.
What was yours?

suvata @Megabooks oooo a good one — it‘s on my TBR 1y
wanderinglynn But of which bookcase? I have 5 bookcases. 😆 1y
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suvata @wanderinglynn 😂 then you can pick whatever one you want 1y
kspenmoll @wanderinglynn 😂😂 so true! 1y
Kloves2read Sue Grafton Collection; H, I and J 1y
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TheNeverendingTBR
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#12coloursofdecember
#merryreaders
#wintergames2020
@StayCurious

Day 15 - Evergreen 🌱

I read this book a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed it, it tells the story of a man who spent something like 27 years in the woods outside Maine away from society. He was responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries (how he was obtaining his food etc.)

Fascinating read. ✅

CuriousG I *loved* this book! 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @CuriousG Me too, it was such a page-turner 😌 2y
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Cindyelizavaz
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Interesting read. As human we tend to need the getaway from our daily hustle and bustle. Chris Knight took it to a whole new level. I wonder if I could do the same. I am content to staying home all the time without the need or want to leave the confines of my home to head out. But again, I have enough human connection vs none at all. Hugging is my universal language. I do find the author's obsession about Chris a tad bit alarming.

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Mistermandolin
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Unputdownable account of a man who walked away. Sometimes solitude seems so appealing. This book shows it‘s not nearly as straightforward as that but brings rewards nonetheless.

TheNeverendingTBR Brilliant book! 💫💫💫 2y
MynameisSnow Hmm question, what mood did this book have to it, or put you in rather? somber, fascinated, light-hearted etc. Or does it flow more like an adventure/journey memoir? (edited) 2y
Mistermandolin @MynameisSnow It made me sad, mostly. Because as I read it I realised that solitude usually comes at someone else‘s expense, and Knight‘s solitude came at the expense of those he robbed and burgled. They suffered psychologically and materially so that he could live as he did. Finkel‘s skill was in showing that without being overly judgemental. It wasn‘t really a memoir. More a kind of philosophical reflection. (edited) 2y
MynameisSnow Gotcha thank you, I didn‘t know the backstory on it. Sounds interesting 2y
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akfreeborn
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This is not the book if you want to know why someone would disappear into the woods for 27 years when he was 20 years old. It remains unclear but what makes this book so compelling is the how and what our society does with someone who really seems to want to be removed from humanity when what he has done to survive is a crime. I thought Finkel did a great job in telling this real tale that perhaps could only have happened in Maine‘s woods.

Reviewsbylola I wasn‘t interested in this book at all but read it because it was a BOTM selection the year i was doing #botmchallenge. I ended up not wanting to put it down. I loved it! 2y
SamAnne I would not have picked it up if it hadn‘t been a book club read. I couldn‘t stop listening. And we had a great club discussion on our discomfort over the actions of the writer and boundaries he may have crossed in the telling. 2y
akfreeborn @SamAnne I was conflicted about the writer‘s role in the story as well. It is a complicated issue, saw it in Bad Blood and even Henrietta Lacks but I‘m still glad for what was discovered and reported. 2y
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Chelsunderthesea91
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I love the outdoors, but I could never be a hermit.
#bookchallenge2020 #goodreads

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kathedron
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Mehso-so

What an odd book! It tells as much about Finkel as about Knight. After arrest, Knight longs for solitary confinement but Finkel repeatedly foists himself upon him. He romanticises him, too. Knight's life is remarkable but how can he be said to have turned away from Western culture when he watches TV, plays video games and exists on a diet of junk food, all of which he obtains by burglary? Solitude, great: the rest of it isn't any kind of decent.

Princess-Kingofkings We recently read this as a family. It was odd but so is real life. 2y
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SamAnne
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The perfect audio book for my morning dog walk in the park near my house. Would not have picked this one up had it not been chosen for a book club. And so apropos for Covid Times. Much reflection on solitude vs social interaction I. This story of a man who lived alone in the Maine woods for 27 years with no interaction with people, surviving by stealing food and necessities from cabins. Enjoying it much more than expected.

Mirandareads This story is so fascinating to me. 2y
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AJackets
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Book 4: The Stranger In The Woods (the extraordinary story of the last true Hermit)

This is a very intriguing Bio/Memoir about Christopher Knight. You may have never heard of him.
One day in '86 Christopher got out of his car and walked into the woods with nothing and decided to stay there for 27 years. Social Distance much?

This is a page turning bio/memoir to read right now if you are isolating.

tl;dr - Odd people are the most interesting.

SamAnne Just started today on audio while I was walking in the woods! I'm enjoying it a lot more than I thought. 2y
TheNeverendingTBR Excellent read! 👌🔝 2y
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Racrandall
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Thought provoking read! thoroughly enjoyed it and as a introvert I can understand the life that Christopher chose to live along with the challenges, I found it fascinating that he did not have a conversation with another person for 27 years!

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Vee-Ron
The Stranger in the Woods | Michael Finkel
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This book drew me into the solitary world of its subject and had me re-think my own relationship to being alone. It was a type of a salve to the ever present social media world.
I can‘t say I understood the guys choices, or have any desire to live as he did, but I am more ok with a little alone time.
Well written, moves along quickly but, as in life no real resolution for the hermit.

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KimmyM
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4 / 5 ⭐ A fascinating read! I'm usually not one for #nonfiction but I was intrigued by this book amd found it a very fastpaced read.

BehindthePages Non fiction is hard for me to finish. Maybe this one will keep my attention :) 3y
KimmyM @Letora It is for me too! But this is a shortish book with quick chapters, which helped me get through it quickly! 3y
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Sweettartlaura
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Could you go 27 years without talking to people? Sleeping inside? Taking a hot shower? Chris Knight did that... in the harsh Maine woods.
This was a compelling tale of a real-life folktale, interspersed with some of the history of hermits.
It was even more interesting than I hoped - pick this up 📚

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Caroline2
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So this guy goes and lives in the woods for decades but he‘s not ‘living off the land‘ he steals from all the local residents. He‘s caught & goes to jail...the writer admits to being constantly told to go away and that he‘s causing “serious damage” to the family yet continues to pursue the guy any way?? This was a weird read!!!!! #nfnov

arubabookwoman Exactly my reaction whenI read that book! 3y
rsteve388 6 pts 3y
Caroline2 @arubabookwoman it was nothing like I expected it to be. 😳 3y
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Addison_Reads
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Such a fascinating read that I felt connected to more than I thought I would.

Following Knight's thoughts as he insolated himself from the outside world made me wonder if I could do the same. Not that I would, but the choices he made and his desire to stay hidden away was very intriguing.

Great way to start out this month. 💚

#NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

rsteve388 6 pts! 3y
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Addison_Reads
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#NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

#TIL about the book in the photo, Very Special People. While listening to the tagged book, The Stranger in the Woods, I learned that Christopher Knight stayed isolated from the world, alone in the woods for over 20 years. During that time he read a lot to occupy his time, and the book in the photo was one of his favorites because he too felt like a "freak." I now want to find this book and read it.

ljuliel I read this book a REALLY long time ago. I still had brown hair and real knees back then. It was really interesting ! 3y
Addison_Reads @rsteve388 @Clwojick This one was from a few days ago, but it never got marked with points. Should be 4pts I think? 3 for #TIL and 1 for the post. Thank you both for doing this! 👍 3y
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Addison_Reads
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Starting this one today while working. This will be my first, of many I hope, for #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

rsteve388 1 pt 3y
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Jgotham
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Literally out in the woods..reading stranger in the woods. This book has been pretty fascinating so far. To learn the kind of someone who is just..different. And there doesn‘t have to be anything wrong with you to just decide you prefer your own company. A lot of fun so far.

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Jgotham
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A bit on the nose-but I‘m helping with a search and rescue mission and in my down time I‘ve started this. It‘s been really good so far!

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Maude
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I listened to this fascinating audiobook while organizing my bookshelves today. The 'hermit' was a man named Christopher Knight, he was an avid reader and had some very quotable moments in the book. I liked Finkel's writing style and will look for more of his work.

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CaitlinByTheBook
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I finished this #bookclub book tonight and absolutely loved it! I bought it a few years ago and never got around to reading it until now. I didn‘t want to put it down. This story is fascinating. If you enjoy nature, solitude and/or nonfiction books, I highly recommend it! 💚

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Redjewel_7734
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We all think about & romanticize the idea of the hermit, of wanting to renounce society & its trappings, etc. But what does that really look like? & what would it take to do that? This is the story of someone who did, and it both is & isn‘t as appealing as it sounds. I found much to admire in the hermit of North Pond, Maine, but I wouldn‘t call him likable or someone I‘d want to emulate. He‘s complicated & this telling of his story is fascinating.

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amiekreger
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This is turning out to be a very quick read. So fascinating.

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amiekreger
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This could be next on my list.

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OrangeMooseReads
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I pulled the tagged book off the shelf for my next read. I took a quick picture of it and then headed upstairs to bed. Guess what I forgot to grab the book. I don‘t want to go back downstairs. Instead I‘ll be starting the pictured book tonight. #latenightbrain #upnext #readingbeforebed

Crazeedi I've heard this is very good 3y
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Eggs
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nelehelen I‘ve had this on my TBR since it came out. I def need to read this!! 3y
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🌳 3y
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MallenNC
The Stranger in the Woods | Michael Finkel
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This book is about a man who walked away from “civilization” and into the #forest in Maine, where he lived for two decades. Very interesting. #LetsTravelJuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 🌲🌲 3y
OriginalCyn620 I could never do that but can certainly understand why others would want to. 🌳 (edited) 3y
Chasingmermaids You‘d honestly be surprised how many people actually live like this here. You always hear from at least one situation like this or in what used to camps in bad repair. 3y
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Becker
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Hold came in from the library today, just in time for the weekend.🌲

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Aleks1275
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Mehso-so

I didn't got my attention to much...4 stars ...

Suet624 Oh, I loved this book!!! 3y
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Tex2Flo
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@Cinfhen @KarenUK #lilithjuly #thestory
This was one of the most unexpected stories I had had heard about recent times. That there could be a hermit living in the woods in this technological age was fascinating.

emz711 Tbr! Thanks 3y
KarenUK Great pick 👍😊🌲🌲🌲 3y
Cinfhen Sorry I missed this post!! It was such a fascinating read!!! 3y
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Amandajoy
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I have an hour before my flight to sit and enjoy this. #airportreading #thisiswhyiarriveearly

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Caroline2
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Some would call this guy a #foolonthehill but I‘m looking forward to reading this book #beatlemaynia

Gina I really believe this guy is on the autism spectrum 3y
Eggs I read this while treadmilling. Quick read and true 3y
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bookvixen
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Interesting read would have loved to hear more from Chris but the history of the hermit has me wanting to know more

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Mdargusch
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This is one of my all time favorite nonfiction #botm selections. One day Christopher Knight drove to the woods in Maine, left his car, and walked into the woods. He stayed there for 27 years without human interaction and surviving on only what he could steal from nearby cottages or forage for in the woods. But why? Fascinating look into the life of a hermit.

#gimmeshelter #maymoviemagic

teainthelibrary Such a great book! 3y
Cinfhen Fantastic choice!! This was one of my early picks from BOTM 3y
batsy Nice pick! 3y
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rather_be_reading i absolutely loved that one! 3y
rohit-sawant Awesome pick! 👏🏼👏🏼 3y
Reviewsbylola Same!! And I think it was the only selection of that particular month that I didn‘t buy. Go figure! 3y
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Gina
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For those who have never heard of the North Pond Hermit this is a fascinating read.

http://honesttopaws.com/north-pond-hermit-htp/?as=6dap23843321753140373&bdk=a6da...

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Olivia306
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This was such an interesting take on the life of a man, who managed to live by himself for 27 years in the woods of Maine. It‘s a fascinating tale about a man‘s desire to simply live alone. I liked the fact that Mr. Finkle doesn‘t shy away from discussing Mr. Knight‘s methods and show multiple sides of the story. But I would‘ve liked to see a more in depth approach to Mr. Knight‘s story, maybe more of the research done. A good read nonetheless. 📚

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BillyH
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Book #94 of my 400 goal. This was a truly amazing story and I enjoyed greatly. Intriguing, interesting, philosophical, and thoughts provoking. I‘d definitely recommend this if it sounds interesting to you. That being said I think there were more questions to be asked and answered about the human psyche. It didn‘t quite touch on everything I think it should have, however what it did encompass was extravagant. Great read.

AmyG 400! Wow. That‘s an amazing goal. 4y
Naj Wow. Super impressed by your goal and progress. Great going! 4y
ShyBookOwl Bulldozing through -- good for you!! 4y
Rissreads I loved this book too! 4y
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Kerrioke
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My stack of #GreenReads also kinda works for #TurnBackTime. I‘ve read all of these books, save one, and two of my favorite series from the past are represented here!

#LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 💚💚💚 4y
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