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

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

Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality--not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massac...

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  • Diane S ☔
    At the age of twenty, Christopher Knight, leaves his large though taciturn family, his job, and society as a whole and disappears into the Maine woods. He will live within a short distance from others but make no personal contact, will steal what he needs from cabins left empty from the winter or we...
  • Michael Finkel
    I greatly appreciate all of the reviews here -- even the bad ones! (Though, I admit, it's sometimes a bit painful to read them.) There are so many books out there, I am grateful that you've chosen to take a peek at "The Stranger in the Woods."It took me three years of full-time work to write a 191-p...
  • Ashley Brooks
    This book has left me with intensely conflicted feelings. For a while I felt like I'd be rating this quite highly.The story of Christopher Knight is fascinating. However, the motives of the author are questionable at best and his behavior is positively icky.It didn’t dawn on me how intensely Fi...
  • Petra X
    Four stars, just. There were two stories here, but the author only told one. I understand why but I am frustrated so I added, 'just'.All-American kid age 20 abandons his new car and wanders off into the woods to live alone and make a career out of burglary. Strange eh? Not half so strange as his fam...
  • Julie
    The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel is a 2017 Knopf publication. Is it fact or fiction? I don’t suppose this story ever showed up on my Newsfeed here in Texas, or if it did, it didn’t register with me at the time. But, I will say, th...
  • Diane
    This book was so fascinating and engrossing that I had to give it five stars.The Stranger in the Woods is the unbelievable-but-true story of Christopher Knight, who in 1986 decided to go into the Maine woods and live alone in the forest. He wasn't discovered until 2013, when he was caught stealing f...
  • Elyse
    Christopher Knight is possibly the most solitary known person in history. Capturing Knight after 27 years..... known as the "North Pond Hermit" was like "netting a giant squid". When captured he was wearing a pair of LandsEnd jeans - size 38 - with a brown belt:Stollen goods! Knight's story continue...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Wow! This book . . . I couldn't even put it down! This is the story about Christopher Thomas Knight who at 20 years old, walked into the woods and ever came out until he was caught at 47 years old. He lived in the Maine woods for all of those years in bad weather and in good weather. The only thing ...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    *looks around at high ratings on Goodreads* *Decides to still review this stinking ass book*Okay, so when I first starting reading this book I actually liked it. It tells the story of a shy man who just decides to leave civilization one day and head off into the woods. He lived completely by himself...

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