Thorndike Press

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

  • Michael Finkel
  • Offered By:
  • ISBN-10: 1410497488
  • ISBN-13: 9781410497482
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.10 lbs ( .50 kgs)
  • 284 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released March 2017
  • Bestsellers

About

Overview

In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life — why did he leave? what did he learn? — as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.

This product is part of:

Biographies and Memoirs - Large Print Standing Order Plan

Thorndike Biographies and Memoirs - Large Print Standing Order Plan includes titles by and about musicians, politicians, TV and film celebrities, authors, and real-life figures who constitute the fabric of American life. 2 titles shipped every month. Actual Large Print covers may be different from those shown.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

“[A] fascinating account of Knight’s renunciation of humanity . . . deeply compelling.”

— Publishers Weekly