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Wilderness Man: Strange Story of "Grey Owl" [Paperback]

Lovat Dickson
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4 May 1999
Originally published by Macmillan in 1974, the biography of Archie Belaney, an Englishman who adopted Native American customs and changed his name to Grey Owl. It includes Grey Owl's life as a trapper in Northern Ontario, his Canadian army service, during World War I, and subsequent career as a conservationist.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (4 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671022741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671022747
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a compellingly written and wittily argued attack on McWorld. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A true wilderness tail 24 Mar 2000
By A Customer
I have followed most of his trail around Canada. I am returning to follow the rest starting from Prince Albert. A stunning read and totally believable. A remarkable tale of self sacifice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stranger than fiction 5 Dec 2009
Grey owl the film doe's not do justice to Grey owl the man, what a full life he lived. The book on the other hand doe's, and what a life,he lives with the Indians takes on their identity, serves in the Great war as a sniper gets wounded, returns to Canada lives as a Indian, works as a trapper and guide. Morphs into a author and one of the first conservationists. He as to portray himself as a first nation person to get his conservation message across to a very sceptical audience, whom live in the grinding industrial early 20th century, all this and he's English born in Hastings rasised by a pair of victorian spinsters,in a word remarkable!. Were this story ficticious you would not believe it, but it's all fact. It is easy in the 21st century to preach conservation, here was a man way ahead of his time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grey Owl. 18 Jan 2014
By woody
This book was very interesting , filling in gaps about Grey owl 's personal life , That they didn 't have time in the film to let you know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Ecology Pioneer 8 Jun 2008
By Bluecat
I grew up with Sajo and her Beaver people by Grey Owl but knew nothing much about him other than what my father told me - which I now know came from the dust jacket.

I found Greay Owl - Archie - to be an intriguing man living as an adult the life he had formed as a boy in his mind. I didn't know before I read this book that I had in fact been to most of the places in Canada that Grey Owl had been and now I wish I had read this book first.

I didn't know he had served and been injured in World War I

I didn't know a lot of things about him and now this book has left me wanting to know so much more, which I never will because Grey Owl didn't choose to let anyone really know him!

I know I ended up liking him immensely!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 27 Jun 2003
By Lousson
Slouka offers his own personal view of the advancement of technology and the dangers it poses to mankind. Informative yet chilling at times, he intellectually describes the pros and cons of "cyberism" and what it means to our society, culture, environment. This is coupled by his wry humourous nuances which he pokes fun at the "digerati", and those who argues for this new aged succesion. Over-indulgent at times, some parts he fails to remain objective leading him to form unstable arguments against the new techno-revolution. This is especially cohorent in the last chapter, where he strives to round off his views to suit the his cyber fearers. Overall, a short quirky read.
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