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Man In The Middle

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Written in the best tradition of literary travel logs, Illig's narrative weaves a rich tapestry of trail culture, the people he meets and the Herculean efforts of Illig's own hiking accomplishment. We not only get the details of how one begins and executes a four-month-long through-hike, but we get a sense of the author through the strong voice that runs throughout the boo ...more
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Published November 1st 2009 by Elderberry Press, Inc. (first published January 5th 2009)
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I tried to like this book but the hiking content just wasn't there; and unfortunately I found the author himself very unlikeable. Illig was a poor hiking companion and very demanding of other hikers on the trail. He reprimanded a stronger hiker for leaving him behind, yelling "I'm not qualified to be out here alone!" The hiker didn't know him and had assumed no responsibility for him. Illig attached himself to a group of three friends and proceeded to argue and alienate them for the entirety of ...more
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Out of Illig's 3 books, Man in the Middle was my least favorite. The amount of coaching and squash discussions nearly had me putting the book down, however, he's a talented writer. I did not read his books in order. I read Pacific Dream first and was impressed with what I felt was a memoir-style trail book. The writing was captivating. I could hardly put that book down. Pacific Dream got me to read his other two books though Man in the Middle is my least favorite. Too much whining and far too ma ...more
A great read even for a non-hiker like me. Very real, very involving, it's reading at its best. Illig is a natural writer. Check out a sample at if you want to see for yourself.
I really liked all three books. I would recommend reading them in the order that he walked them, starting with Trail Ways, Path Wise.
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John Illig grew up in Rochester, New York, and graduated from the University of Rochester in 1986 with a degree in English Literature. Obsessed with bouncing balls, he has for the past 18 year worked as an intercollegiate squash coach - - most recently at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he is on the faculty. His three published books are "Man In the Middle", "Pacific Dream" and "Trail Ways, P ...more
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Trail Ways, Path Wise: A 2,147-Mile Through-Hike Up the Appalachian Trail Pacific Dream: A 2,657-Mile Through-Hike Up the Pacific Crest Trail Pacific Dream

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