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Awesome, 12 Jan 2008
A humbling and gripping piece of writing. I think "Booker" might best set to one side his 21st century cynicism about the likely veracity of Forell's story. It was plausible enough for West German TV to have turned it into a major mini series in the 1950's (and it was re-made into a feature film recently too.) Forell himself died in the 1980's in anonymity, and if you will read his story it is not hard to see why he might have withdrawn from public life after three years of desperate survival in the wilderness. Having read inummerable tales of people in dire straights in concentration camps or on expeditions or escaping from captivity, this remains the most inspiring tale of all.