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Beautifully written from "Eat, Pray, Love" Elizabeth Gilbert
on 5 September 2009
I have read 'Eat, Pray, Love' from Elizabeth Gilbert twice and adored her witty, endearing ways of describing a very emotional time in her life (having been through a painful divorce myself, I could really relate!). I was therefore very eager to read another of her offerings and as I am an American (living in the UK but from the deep south originally), it made sense that the next book should be 'The Last American Man'. I can not praise this book highly enough.
Eustace Conway is one of the most fascinating real-life characters I have read in a non-fiction work in a VERY long time. Although compared to Davey Crockett, Daniel Boone and even a young Roosevelt, he is definitely a unique individual who's charismatic ways pull you in from the first few pages. It's especially interesting to witness an almost 'evolution of man' in the last several hundred years spread out before you in between the covers of the book.
Elizabeth Gilbert has captured his very essence and has told his story brilliantly (at least to this point in his life, as he's only 48 and I doubt his exciting adventuring around the world is over). After reading it I am ready to start planning a summer camp trip to Turtle Island for my youngest 2 sons when they are a bit older. My eldest son (who's 20) was an active member of the Scouts growing up and has pretty good survivalist skills, but having a summer camp like the one Eustace organises would have been invaluable in his education.
If you only read one non-fiction book this year, this should be the one :) 10/10