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Cabin Fever Hardcover – 28 Sep 1998
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About the Author
Rachel Carley holds a master's degree in historic preservation from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning and is a former staff member of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Her previous books include The Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture, A Guide to Biltmore Estate, and Cuba: 400 Years of Architectural Heritage. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Architectural Record, and the Michelin Travel Guides. Actively involved in historic preservation, she lives in Washington, Connecticut, and is a frequent visitor to Putnam Camp in the Adirondacks.
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First published in 1918 this book revolves around Bud Moore. As we start off we see he is self-employed and doing relatively okay for himself, but then with a whirlwind romance he marries. Thus we see how the marriage fares, and for how long, before Bud is divorced and looking for work. Finding himself working for criminals we then see what happens when he realises this. This in actual fact probably doesn’t take up a quarter of the book, as we then follow what happens when Bud falls in with a prospector, which is the main part. This doesn’t really have that much psychological depth to the characters and this just seems to plod on, the issue of cabin fever as such does rear its head, but really only in a mild form, not really what most people think of when they hear the words.
This goes from being a book of a failed romance, then starts to alter into a crime caper, and then shifts to being a story of prospecting, on into some sort of two men and a baby, before finally reaching its conclusion. The ending of this is it must be admitted quite predictable and very cheesy, not really the kind of thing people look for in their fiction today. This ultimately doesn’t have the depth or interest of some of the other novels that Bertha wrote, and feels in places quite lacklustre, as if even she didn’t know what to do with the characters. I should point out that there are some typos in this particular edition, but hopefully nothing that will really disrupt your reading pleasure.
The book gives you a feel for the skill and intense patience and labour that goes into creating a home from wood, and an appreciation for why people do choose this method of house build.
The book is very nicely written, backing up the photos with historical accounts of log cabin evolution and descriptions of individual cabins and their builders.
If you do buy the book, you'll soon realise that what goes into creating these incredible constructions is more than just wood, sweat and man power. Imagination, an eye for the finest detail, and being in touch with oneself and nature are all crucial.
Of course, not all of the cabins, designs and furnishings will be to everyone's taste, but there is such a wide range in here that it will appeal to anyone who has the initial interest to pick it up.
If the book does interest you, I very highly recommend that you look out for Daniel Mack's books (some of his work is in this book). He has created the most incredible rustic furntiure books imaginable, and inspired me to make many pieces of furniture of my own. In the same way, 'Cabin Fever' has inspired me to have an ambition to one day build my own cabin, although I dare say it won't be in the UK. Unfortunately it is too cold and wet here, so the USA, Canada or New Zealand will have to do. Let's hope it is not just wishful thinking!
The color photography is rich...and the variety and originality of each abode invokes feelings of coming home safe and snug.
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