frauenfelder at July 29th, 2013 12:06 — #1
peregrinus_bis at July 29th, 2013 12:28 — #2
See, if he had lived life with a censorship wall on his internet, none of this bad stuff could ever have happened.
perizade at July 29th, 2013 12:40 — #3
A slice of Americana gone rotten! I'm reading the book right now. Fascinating stuff. I'll warn people- a lot of it you won't be able to stomach, particularly the abuse of the children. Americans tend to hold free-spirited eccentrics in high regard, especially since the late 1960's, but this will disillusion a lot of people who romanticize living off the grid. Though the abuse to the reader is fairly obvious, it's clear that Pa Pilgrim was good at surrounding himself by people who wanted to believe in the fantasy of a sweet, back-to-nature hippie family. They turned blind eyes to the strangeness and abuse markers, and he kept his family isolated enough that few people had the chance to lose their affection. When the mask slipped he'd move on. Equally fascinating is the tension between residents and rangers in national parks. I am a city dweller and never really knew this stuff, and Kizzia offers a good glimpse into the viewpoints of both sides.
rhenley at July 29th, 2013 15:45 — #4
While I quite like Kizzia's earlier Alaskan book:
The Wake of the Unseen Object - Tom Kizzia
I'll likely pass on reading this one.
frauenfelder at August 3rd, 2013 12:06 — #5
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