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The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the North Pond… (udgave 2017)

af Michael Finkel

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"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"--Publisher description.… (mere)
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Titel:The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the North Pond hermit
Forfattere:Michael Finkel
Info:New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit af Michael Finkel

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As a "solitudinarian" myself, I was eager to read this. I often find people difficult, annoying, draining, exhausting. So it was fascinating to read about a young man who took that "introversion" to the extreme. Christopher Knight was not traumatized, he was not mentally ill, he just didn't want to be around other people. Ever. Even if it meant living in a tent made of tarps and garbage bags, wrapping himself up in stolen sleeping bags in central Maine's subzero winters. For twenty-seven years. He fed and clothed himself by regularly burgling summer cabins and a commercial camp, packing up books and batteries along the way. His existence was rumored; some people left food out for him, others lay in wait with firearms. But finally the very security technology he had been trained in outstripped him, and he was caught. Enter Michael Finkel, a journalist with a checkered past of his own. He courts Knight, sending him letters which seem to be mostly about himself, and for reasons I personally cannot fathom, Knight responds. A few times. So Finkel, apparently aiming for the big scoop, just shows up at the jail where Knight is being held, and Knight agrees to see him. There he sits, in a partitioned visitor cubicle, across from a man who has just spent nearly three decades in utter avoidance of all human contact and is now confined to a local lockup, and all he can think of to say to him is "So, have you made any friends here?" Seriously? Good grief. But let's be fair. Finkel proceeds to meet and have more substantive conversations, and Knight begins to open up. Finkel, to his credit, tells Knight's story simply and straightforwardly. He describes (and visits) Knight's camp, explaining the rather ingenious improvisations Knight has devised for shelter, for cooking, for washing, for defecating. He never lights a fire. He can move through a nearly impenetrable woods noiselessly in the dark. He steals, but steals essentials. The years go by. He is not lonely. He doesn't seem to be depressed, though he definitely includes alcohol in his swag. He is just quietly living, and enduring a great deal of physical suffering and danger as a price. Finkel is clearly quite fascinated, and sympathetic. Others in the community, not so much. He does quote a few residents who make comments like "[Knight] stole my piece of paradise," or that they lived in constant fear of the hermit, but these voices are few and we don't really get much depth from them. At last, Knight is freed upon certain conditions: he has to live with his elderly mother (who never knew what had become of him all those years), check in with the authorities, get a job...in short he is forced to do everything he had spent 27 years avoiding at any cost. He's miserable. I don't blame him. Knight's family emphatically refuses to speak with Finkel. I don't blame them either. If Knight ultimately decides he will disappear back into the trees to "walk with the Lady of the Woods," it would not be the worst thing to happen to him. I think it already has. This is a sad tale. It might have been even more interesting had Knight been able to convey more of his inner state, to describe what he was thinking or feeling. Did he "cope with" feelings of isolation? Or didn't he have any? He describes a sort of suspended state of "you're just there," but doesn't go much farther than that. Given his natural taciturnity - though his constant reading gave him a masterly and literary vocabulary - perhaps he just didn't want or need to discuss it. This is not exactly a cautionary tale, or a psycho-bio, just the story of how one misfit tried his best to live the life he needed to live... and failed. ( )
  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
This is an inside look at a man who escaped from civilization for 20 years, living on his own, in the woods. The author tells the story from his own perspective, how he gathered the info, and interacted with the hermit. It’s a good story overall, and gives some idea of what it was like to be away from everyone for so long and why he may have made that choice. ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
One day in the early spring of 2013, Terry Hughes, a game warden in the state of Maine, arrested a man in the process of burgling the Pine Tree Camp, which catered to disabled children. The burglar, Christopher Thomas Knight, 47, was no ordinary thief—he was someone the local authorities had been trying to capture for 27 years!

Knight’s story, if true, is an extraordinary tale of survival. At the age of 20, Knight had simply driven from his home in Massachusetts to central Maine, abandoned his car, walked deep into the woods, and abandoned human society. He set up a camp consisting of a tent surrounded by large boulders and dense forest. He survived primarily by burgling local cabins when the owners were not around. He never encountered an owner and seldom took anything of great value. He stole food, batteries, books, and occasionally clothing.

Many people, including some others who reviewed this book, found Knight’s story not credible, but the arresting authorities believed him even after subjecting him to intense interrogation. Surviving in summer might not have been difficult, but it is hard to imagine living in just a tent through one Maine winter, let alone 27 of them.

Knight had to be extraordinarily cautious to avoid detection. It helped that he had worked briefly for a firm that manufactured burglar alarms, so he was adept at foiling his neighbors’ security systems. He also had to avoid burning fires (which would leave smoke) or leaving tracks in the snow. He never got sick because he never associated with other people.

His story caught the attention of Michael Finkel, a freelance writer, who first published his story in an article in Esquire Magazine, and then expanded it in this extraordinary book. Finkel attempted to befriend Knight, but was only partially successful. Knight turned out to be quite inept in interpersonal relations and was fundamentally prickly. Nonetheless, Finkel was able to achieve a modicum of affinity sufficient to piece together Knight’s history.

The criminal justice system was hard-pressed to determine an appropriate disciplinary action for Knight—he had committed multiple burglaries - perhaps hundreds - but he had never caused significant damage or committed a violent act. Moreover, he had become something of a folk hero. Several well meaning land owners offered to allow him the use of a few remote acres where he could continue his reclusive lifestyle.

While awaiting trial, he spent several months in jail, where he found it difficult to relate to other prisoners. Not only was he inexperienced with casual conversation, but he had become very well read during his time in the woods, and seemed far too intellectual for his fellow prisoners. Ultimately, he was sentenced to a year of “intense” probation (he had to report weekly to a parole officer and was tested for drug and alcohol use) and was released into the custody of his mother.

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  nbmars | Mar 27, 2021 |
You may recall, back in 2013, hearing on the news about "The Hermit of North Pond", a man who had been apprehended after living alone in the woods of Maine for years, supporting himself by stealing food and other items from summer camps. Over his years in the woods "The Hermit" had broken into hundreds of camps.

The Stranger in the Woods is Michael Finkel's story about that "hermit", named Chris Knight. Finkel, a journalist, establishes a connection with Knight and visits him several times while he's in jail, at his sentencing, and after, to piece together the story of how, and why he did what he did.

This is a rather short book and feels incomplete. Knight, after a quarter of a century without any meaningful human contact, really prefers his solitude and so doesn't give Finkel a lot to build on. So rather than anything of depth on regarding Knight's time in the woods, what you get is Finkel's story of how he reached out to and met Knight, and pieced as much of the story together as he could. Even at that remove it's still an interesting story, if not as profound as the subtitle might lead you to expect. ( )
  stevrbee | Feb 7, 2021 |
This was my book club's January pick. It was only ok. Parts of it were interesting, but I listened to it (audio book). I would never had finished it had I picked up a printed copy. ( )
  3CatMom | Dec 28, 2020 |
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"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"--Publisher description.

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