The Stranger in the Woods
The Stranger in the Woods The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit By Finkel, Michael Book - 2017

What could compel someone to walk away from society and live in total isolation for decades? That's the question that journalist Michael Finkel attempts to answer in this account of the life and arrest of Christopher Knight, who survived the brutal winters of northern Maine for nearly 30 years as a modern-day hermit before his arrest while stealing food from a nearby camp. It's worth noting that Finkel has admitted to journalistic improprieties in the past, and as I read, I found myself wondering just how much of the book was true, but in the end, it didn't much matter. Less a narrative than an attempt to delve into Knight's psyche, "The Stranger in the Woods" is a quick, intriguing read.

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