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The Man from the Cave

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"In this extraordinary book an American life slowly takes shape, rescued from anonymity through the casual discovery of a few mysterious objects. While backpacking in an isolated part of the Nevada desert in 1968, Colin Fletcher came upon an old wooden trunk standing at the mouth of a cave. Inside the cave he found what appeared to be a man's possessions, coated with the d ...more
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published April 1st 1981 by Alfred a Knopf
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Marcia Kreutzmann
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fletcher came upon a cave in the desert hills and from that resurrected the life story of its long lost occupant, through many years of research. Fascinating story, with excellent writing. A must read if you love real-life adventure.
Amber
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Chuckawalla" Bill Simmons likely would have not considered his life story to be noteworthy enough to be the subject of the ten years of research invested by this author, nor the book that resulted from the memories, records, and remnants that Colin Fletcher managed to coax out of slumber. So exhaustive was Fletcher's dedication to giving him legs and spirit that Bill's reconstructed visage and persona seem as close as is possible to know the truth of anyone. Stubborn and gentle, focused and los ...more
Ernest Solar
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it
The Man from the Cave was an interesting read and in many ways reminded me of Everett Ruess. Not in the since that Chuckawalla Bill mysteriously disappeared like Ruess did, but similarities in lifestyle and the overwhelming desire to see if the grass is greener on the other side. I was fascinated at how much effort Fletcher put into the research of Chuckawalla Bill’s life in order to create this account. Fletcher had perseverance equivalent to writing a dissertation. At times the story was slow, ...more
Stephen
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
A true-life detective story. While hiking in a Nevadan desert in 1968, walking man and author Colin Fletcher found a cave with an old-fashioned trunk and other personal items indicating that someone had once lived there — in the middle of proverbial nowhere — and left his effects behind.

But who?

It stuck in Fletcher’s mind and a year later he retraced his steps, lived in the cave for ten days and determined that he should attempt to piece together the story of the “Trunkman” from only the few cl
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Domenique
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite books ever. On a hike, Colin Fletcher discovers a cave that was clearly someones home a long time ago. Painstakingly using clues he figures out who it was and sets out to learn about his life and why he lived in a cave. Fascinating reading. The book goes in and out of print so you may have to do some searching to find it.
Anneke Dubash
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-reread
This is a book I read back in 1981 when it first was published, It has stuck in my mind all these years. However, I forgot the title. I just located the title and intend to reread it.
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Colin Fletcher was a pioneering backpacker and writer.

In 1963, Fletcher became the first to walk the length of Grand Canyon entirely within the rim of the canyon "in one go" — only second to complete the entire journey — as chronicled in his bestselling 1968 memoir The Man Who Walked Through Time. Through his influential hiker's guide, The Complete Walker, published the same year, he became a kind
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