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Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska Paperback – 8 Mar 2007
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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)
'Hilarious' (Daily Mail)
'A wild adventure' (Independent)
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How lovely that an 'ordinary ' chap can do extraordinary things with support of an understanding woman.
Guy certainly doesn't paint a romantic picture of life in the Alaskan wilderness, rather he gets down to the nitty-gritty of what it actually involves on a day to day basis just to survive there. The constant threat of death from various sources is an ever present theme. Can't help feeling that he might have been a bit happier if he'd put a window into his log cabin before incarcerating himself in it !
By the end of the book though you get a real feel for what that lifestyle would actually be like and also very clearly what is really important in life. You'll be glad to get back to the office!!
Found it repetitive and bland.
Nothing much happens and think the stimulus for the adventure was to get a book out of it; not to self heal,
All in all an enjoyable book but it would have been interesting to see what stories his wife had for the time that he was away and she was at home with two small boys.
Grieve's descriptions of the dangers and hardships faced and the solutions he'd learnt made for a excellent insight into a land and people that most of us have little understanding of. The only minor negatives were that I'd have liked a little more detail into the preparations before the trip, the basic economics of funding it, better photographs __ oh, and maybe a little less of the drippy "I'm missing my kids" stuff. It seemed that one moment he was being made redundant from his office job and the next he was circling the Yukon in a light aircraft preparing to land. Having said that the book was overall well edited and you are left with considerable admiration for the man, his plan, the people he met and his achievement in surviving an Alaskan winter.
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