Monday, June 18, 2007
The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
I found this book fascinating. It’s about Eustace Conway, a guy who started living off the land, with a knife and a lot of know-how, at the age of 17. He built a teepee, hunted for meat, made his own buckskin clothes from deerskin, and was otherwise completely self-sufficient. He lived there while he went to college and for many years beyond. That part of his story is amazing and well worth reading, but the book is also about his complicated relationships with family members and friends, his vision of changing America and how he’s going about it, and his relentless pursuit of knowledge and skills that he’s passing on to anyone who’s willing to work their tails off. He's got a place in North Carolina called Turtle Island Preserve. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.