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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (8 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340898259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340898253
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Guy Grieve jacked in his desk job to spend a year alone in the Alaskan wilderness. With only moose, bears and wolves for company, he survived freezing temperatures, built a log cabin, learned to hunt and handle a dog team and had several brushes with death.' (Metro)

'The book captures Grieve's maverick adventure, and has an energy and pace to it, a compelling, rushing quality, like a dog sled chasing through the snowscape . . . also has a real flavour of the frontier, told by a man who shoots a hole in his roof for a chimney with his shotgun, and puts a recipe for beaver ribs and pea soup in the end notes. CALL OF THE WILD may be the perfect present to give your dreamy spouse for Christmas, but you risk him stealing out of the house at 2am with his snowshoes on. One awaits his next adventure with anticipation.' (Scotsman)

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'A wild adventure' (Independent)

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From office drone to Grizzly Adams - one man's extraordinary year alone in the Alaskan wilderness

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By COLSEE VINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2006
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After reading part of the story in a newspaper I knew I had to get a copy as soon as it came out.

It tells the tale of one mans dream to get away from mundane life and do something wild and dangerous. He could have went down into any club late at night I suppose, but he chose a safer place.

ALASKA!

Once you have got your head round the fact that he left his wife and two kids behind off he sets after having made contact with an Alaskan family. Without wishing to give too much of the story away, he basically has to build a cabin on his own, surrounded by bears, wolves and little or no contact with anyone.

If he injured himself with a chainsaw or a simple cut he had to deal with it himself. As becomes clear, many people die this way, alone and very vulnerable.

Along with a reluctant partner........Fuzzy the dog, the book really does draw you in with every page. You feel like you know the author personaly by the end of it.

Men or women will love this book, I would reccomend it to the casual or avid reader and anyone thinking there own life is run of the mill. This will probably bring you straight back to reality.

I will be looking for other books of this type thats for sure!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. C. Kilgallen on 30 May 2007
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A superb book, an incredibly well written, honest, often hilarious, sometimes emotional account...I couldn't put it down!
Guy Grieve's journey into the Alaskan interior strips away all the romantic notions of wilderness living. His experience is one of this painful realisation tempered by the real drive to survive in one of the worlds harshest environments. Grieve's stamina and determination is admirable, sharing his internal struggle to come to terms with his circumstances with profound honesty and humility. Battling freezing conditions, moose, bears, part feral sled dogs and profound homesickness, Grieve carves out a life for himself that most of us only romantically dream about from the comfort of our armchairs. We may never have the courage to follow that dream but Grieve did and it makes one hell of a story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jacquelin Devine on 14 May 2007
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I bought this book for my father-in-law for Christmas - he's got a thing for anything Alaskan. He lent it to me last week and I finished it in no time flat. It was a great adventure! You could really see the characters as described! There were sections of the book I got really choked up and I was really sad when I was done with it! Makes me want to email the author and ask loads of questions! Oh and I too miss Fluffy!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ginger L. Delima on 21 Feb. 2007
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Fascinating! I sat not a hundred miles from where Guy wrote the book and couldn't put it down. I am in a cabin watching the northern lights on the Yukon river and can empathize with feeling so small in the wilderness. Guy is a great read and a laugh to boot. It's hard to imagine the courage it took to come from Scotland to what we call the "boonies". I read it in one night, althought you have to consider our night are a little longer here in Alaska! Cheers Guy, you are welcome back any day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Black Arrow on 29 Oct. 2006
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A warming tale of one mans thirst for adventure and his attempt to free himself from the schackles of the modern mundane lifestyle of an innercity office worker. What is apparent from the off is that Guy has no real concept of the enormity of the task at hand and the dangers that are associated with the wilderness of remote Alaska but still through effort and persaverance has manages to undertake this once in a lifetime journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Apperley on 18 Dec. 2006
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What is the Watchman talking about below. There were many times in this book where the author could have shot a bear or a moose but gave the animal every chance to get away and it did get away. He would only have killed a large animal to protect himself or his dogs. Small animals were killed for food and fur. I also note that the Watchman managed to read the whole book even though there were so many issues not agreed with! I found the book to be escapist fun about someone in a similar situation to a lot of people just wanting to do something different. It highlights the harsh conditions and the harsh reality of people living in this region of the world where animals are not always regarded as pets and that if you make one mistake it could be your last. A very good read and recommended if you like this type of story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Dec. 2007
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This was one of the best books i've read in a long time. Guy describes his whole adventure with an honest and thought provoking style. I may never get a chance to do what Grieve did, but after reading this book, i felt i was there with him.
I firmly disagree with some reviewers points about the morals of such a trip and his hunting and trapping techniques. He wasn't any kind of macho idiot out to shoot as many trophy animals as possible, indeed he passed up any number of occasions to do so. He shot and trapped to survive, an idea i find much more palatable than our western techniques of factory farming and wastage.
He travelled with a sense of humility and respect for the wilderness and the people he encountered. Not only did he survive, i dare say he is a better person for it.
Fuzzy rules!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Damian Murphy on 12 Feb. 2008
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I was disappointed with this. Not because of the fact that he abandoned his wife and family or that he had loads of help building his cabin, but because of the title and the contradicting facts.

The author tries his best to build a sense of wilderness and fear - at one point suggesting that his food is running low and he faces starvation, when all the while he has a sat phone and laptop and is continually calling the local village and e-mailing his wife! How can he possible starve when he has that level of contact?

It might be bad storytelling, but he also gives the impression that people are popping in by plane, boat and skidoo all of the time! He even is given a quad bike by some friendly locals to use around camp. He goes back to the village for seemingly long spells of time and I simply never got the impression that he was experiencing the real 'wild'.

I also wondered why if, Don, Charlie, et al are so much like family to him why are there no photos. The conclusion I came to is that he is indeed self centred.

My conclusion after reading this book that it is the longest CV in history - he went not to experience the wild, but the try and get himself known and thereby a new career. Guess what - a TV series followed!!

If you want a true story of winter survival and isolation then read North to the Night by Alvah Simon.
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