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A meditation on escaping the chaos of modern life and rediscovering the luxury of solitude. Winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction, The Consolations of the Forest is a Thoreau-esque quest to find solace, taken to the extreme. No stranger to inhospitable places, Sylvain Tesson exiles himself to a wooden cabin on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, a full day’s hike from any "neighbor ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Rizzoli Ex Libris (first published 2011)
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KamRun
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to KamRun by: Hamid e Naser
در جنگلهای سیبری یک اثر تجربی و ماحصل روزنوشتهای 6 ماه زندگی یک جهانگرد در جنگلهای تایگای سیبری در کنار دریاچهی بایکال است. ماجرای وقوع چنین تجربهای از این قرار است که گذر نویسنده در سال 2003 بطور اتفاقی به کنار دریاچهی بایکال میافتد و تصمیم میگیرد تا پیش از 40 سالگی مدتی را به تنهایی در جنگل زندگی کند. حالا 7 سال بعد، چنین فرصتی برایش فراهم گشته، تنها در کلبهای دور افتاده در محیطی که میان ساحل، کوهستان و جنگل تقسیم شده است

به سبب شرایط محیطی و جغرافیایی بایکال، جمعیت بسیار اندکی در این نواحی زند
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Patrick
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books which I began by enjoying, but which so steadily disappointed and frustrated me throughout that I set it down again after a week with a sense of relief. It’s not awful, and it certainly is diverting — but then any record of a six month stay in a cabin in remote Siberia could hardly fail to provide at least a few good anecdotes. The problem is that the author’s penchant for aphorisms goes beyond a matter of literary style: you begin by thinking that he can’t possibly be ...more
Feroz
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite enjoying this book quite a bit, I think it's only fair for me to warn coming readers that Tesson can at times come across more than a little insufferable. Vast quantities of alcohol and self-satisfaction are Tesson's closest companions in his tiny cabin, and while the former makes for entertaining stories, the latter only offers us dull quasi-philosophical rambling.

When the intellectual snobbery abates, a few chapters into his stay, the book is delightful. This is Laura Ingalls Wilder in
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Ma
On peut dire que j'ai pris mon temps, que j'ai traîné, que j'ai peiné pour achever ce livre. Mais ça n'est pas sa faute. Au contraire, c'est tout à son mérite que, malgré mon apathie littéraire du moment, je lui sois restée fidèle, y retournant quand l'envie revenait (ajoutons que lu dans le cadre du Club Lecture MS, j'avais aussi une motivation. Et qu'emprunté à la bibliothèque du coin, un impératif). Toujours est-il que Dans Les Forêts de Sibérie nous autorise à prendre son temps à la lecture. ...more
Marc
Sylvain Tesson is never going to be one of my favorite authors, so much is clear to me now. I got angry, last year, after reading his "Sur les chemins noirs" (no English edition yet), because of his misanthropy and cancerous self-pity. This earlier work, "Six months in Siberian forests" is also a diary report, this time of a stay in a log cabin on Lake Bajkal, in Siberia in 2010. This book is more digestible, because Tesson is much more descriptive, and paints the harsh living conditions (especi ...more
Anina e gambette di pollo
Il formato standard della birra siberiana è 3 litri.

Durante un viaggio Tesson si fermò sulle rive dei Baikal e decise che prima o poi ci sarebbe tornato.
Ci tornò, per sei mesi di solitudine in una capanna di tronchi 3x3: una stufa, due finestre, una porta.
Dal 16 febbraio a 16 di luglio
Ovviamente con attrezzatura di sacco a pelo, pentole e coltelli e viveri. Soprattutto Tabasco, spaghetti cinesi, sigari cubani, vodka e libri.

Fuori tutto e nulla: nulla per un inquilino di un casamento urbano, tutt
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Olaf Gütte
Sylvain Tesson sucht die Ruhe und Abgeschiedenheit
und findet sie in und um einer Hütte am Baikalsee.
Vielleicht ein bisschen zu viel Lobhudelei um die Einsamkeit,
aber derjenige, welcher täglich Großstadtstress erlebt und ertragen muss,
wird den Autor um dieses halbe Jahr am Baikalsee beneiden.
S©aP
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ginny
Lettura incantevole, con la quale sono stato in consonanza e armonia dalla prima all'ultima parola. Il diario di un isolamento voluto. Un viaggio all'interno del Sé. Una presa di distanza, non solo fisica, dalla realtà che tutto travolge. Con l'intento di ascoltare, prima ancora che capire. Per recuperare il presente, spogliandosi delle proiezioni ossessive, cui siamo forzati dalla vita: il continuo, e ansioso, programmare un tempo che deve ancora venire; il malinconico vagheggiare il tempo che ...more
Martinxo
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, hiking, nature, travel
My book of the year? Quite possibly. If you are intrigued by the idea of living in a hut for six months by a lake in the depths of Siberia then this book is surely for you. Tesson is French and writes extremely well, he took 80 or so books with him (listed in the book), three or four crates of vodka and several large boxes of cigars. Sounds civilised to me. This is Tesson's only book in English, we need more!
Ocilia
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai cru que je ne viendrai jamais à bout de ce livre...

J'ai trouvé le début très laborieux. Je n'aimais pas le côté prétentieux de l'auteur, il ne se passait rien, le style d'écriture ne me touchait pas...

Je l'ai finalement trouvé moins prétentieux en avançant dans le livre, est-ce l'habitude ou est-ce vraiment le cas, je n'en sais rien. La deuxième partie du roman est tout de même moins laborieuse à lire, mais je n'y ai toujours pas trouvé grand intérêt.

J'ai tout de même retenu des réflexions
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Letty
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cette lecture a été pour moi l’une des plus belles de l’année (loin d’être révolue, donc la barre est haute désormais). Je n’attendais pourtant rien en particulier de ce livre et même si j’avais entendu parler de Sylvain Tesson, je n’avais jamais vraiment été tentée de lire ses écrits. Quelle bêtise ! J’ai maintenant envie de découvrir le reste de son œuvre, mais il me faudra une pile d’autres carnets pour consigner toutes les citations inspirantes que j’ai déjà glanées dans Dans Les Forêts de S ...more
Yanni Ratajczyk
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deze stond al een tijdje op me te wachten, en wanneer een vriend van me onlangs een soortgelijk verblijf van drie maanden in het gure Lapland aanvatte leek het een ideaal moment dit reisverslag ter hand te nemen.
Tesson besloot om zijn leven in het drukke Parijs zes maanden te verruilen voor een hutje aan het immense Baikalmeer - met zijn 31.500 vierkante kilometer het grootste zoetwaterreservoir ter wereld. Hij wil het kluizenaarschap uittesten: kan hij uit de vluchtigheid van het stedelijke bes
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Diane S ☔
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Living for six months. alone in an isolated cabin in the Siberian Taiga, not sure of the location or the intense cold but living and being alone sounds awfully good at times. The author arrives in February and stays until the end of July, so he deals with the intense cold first, but he has brought plenty of supplies, and plenty of reading material. I found is amusing that the only two contemporary authors on his list were James Ellroy and Michael Connelly, he calls them palette cleansers.

The pro
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Sophie
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
L'auteur m'a très rapidement agacée avec ses grands airs. Je lui trouve un air de famille avec Elizabeth Gilbert : tous deux à la recherche d'une forme de transcendance, mais selon moi trop imbus d'eux mêmes pour la trouver avec humilité. Les descriptions de l'auteur de sa propre humilité et de son choix si particulier, si osé (selon ses dires) m'ont fait grincer des dents. Pour être humble, il faut avant tout oublier son nombril. Et arrêter de compter les verres de vodka avalés.
Par contre, je s
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Sodatime
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'adore les récits de voyage et d'aventure humaine. Celui-ci est vraiment bien écrit. On ressent parfaitement les sensations d'isolement, de froid, de fatigue et aussi de découverte de soi et d'amitié. Ca donne envie de se lever et de commencer à marcher !
Hymaya
Je me découvre plutôt bon public...j'ai commencé ce roman dans le cadre de la lecture du mois du clublectureMS, et comme je n'avais pas voté pour lui, je n'étais que peu emballée...et c'est au final une agréable découverte ! Le style d'écriture, aux phrases souvent courtes, m'a vraiment plu, et j'ai même lu de longues parties à voix haute, ce qui ne m'arrive JAMAIS !
Je me suis retrouvée dans pas mal des réflexions de l'auteur sur notre vie actuelle, même si je n'arrive toujours pas à comprendre
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Sarah
Sylvain Tesson se lit écrire comme certains s'écouteraient parler.
J'ai les mêmes réflexions pseudo-philosophiques quand je m'ennuie, sauf que j'ai le bon goût de ne pas en faire un bouquin à 28€ pièce.
Marcello S
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non fiction ascetica sotto forma di diario.

Incipit: Mi ero ripromesso che prima dei quarant’anni avrei vissuto da eremita nei boschi.
Sono andato a stare per sei mesi in una capanna siberiana, sulla sponda del lago Bajkal, all'estrema punta del capo dei Cedri del Nord. Il primo villaggio e a centoventi chilometri di distanza, non ci sono vicini, nessuna strada di accesso. Di tanto in tanto una visita. D’inverno temperature di meno trenta gradi, d’estate gli orsi in riva al lago. Insomma, un para
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Saar The Book owl
This was a book that you couldn''t read in one attempt. It took me weeks to finish it, but it wasn't a bad book at all. Just a book with a difficult access.
The author lived for 6 months as a hermit at the Bajkal Lake in Siberia and these are his memoires about his stay in the forest at the Balkan Lake.
It's a mainly philosophivcal book, because of the insights on life. Sometimes the author writes his thoughts down and give you, as the reader, food for thought, which is a surplus for this book.
The
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Bart
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read, nonfiction
Actual rating: 5.00
Paul
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tesson has a desire for freedom and solitude, and decides on a whim to take himself off to the shore of Lake Baikal, to stay in a 3 metre square log cabin, a six day hike from the nearest village. From February to July of that year he inhabits that small cabin, built many years previously by geologists it has a small cast iron stove and very primitive facilities. When he arrives in February he is in the middle of the brutal Siberian winter, and sets about gathering wood to warm the cabin. Each d ...more
Léa
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pour être honnête, je n'étais absolument pas emballée par ce livre, ni même pas le thème du mois du club de lecture mango&salt. J'avoue que je n'ai pas du tout l'habitude de lire des écrits sur la nature plus ou moins philosophiques et que l'idée ne m'emballais pas des masses. Très agréable surprise ! Je ne peux pas qualifier ce livre de coup de cœur, mais moi qui ne m'attendais à rien et même à du négatif, je trouvé la lecture très agréable et le style de l'auteur léger et drôle. Certain/es ...more
Hamid e  Naser
كتاب براي خواننده اي گيراست كه آهنگ سفر و زيستِ تنهايي درون و با او باشه. تنها ميشود گوشههايي كمرنگ از مكاشفهي تسون را در كرانه هاي درياچه ي بايكال در سيبري خواند
خواندنش هم نياز دارد به تنهايي و خلوت و دوري كردن. همانگونه كه او به جنگل پناه برده است
ترجمه ي قابل قبول پريزاد تجلي هم كمك مي كند به نزديك شدن به متن اثر هر چند تسون گويا با نثري شاعرانه كتاب را نوشته كه خب بازگرداندنش به پارسي تقريبن ممكن نيست
با اين همه كتابي ست پر از مكاشفه در عين سكوت

The Solitude, The Void, The Silence...
Tesson is a
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Marco
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm not able to enter properly into the spirit of the book, but personally I would have preferred a stronger accent on the environmental side of the description than the intimate one.
Also I do not understand the surprise and disappointment felt by the author when it arrives the message of the girlfriend when she leaves him. What did he expect?
As stated in the quote at the beginning of the book: "Freedom is always there. Simply pay the price.". Did you wanted six months as a hermit on Bai
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Stephanie
Apr 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
je n'ai pas du tout aimé ce livre. En résumé: silence, froid, cigare et vodka. J'ai bien eu du mal à le terminer...
Janneke
'Reasons why I'm living alone in a cabin

I talked too much
I wanted silence
Too behind with my mail and too many people to see
I was jealous of Crusoe
It's better heated than my place in Paris
Tired of running errands
So I can scream and live naked
Because I hate the telephone and traffic noise'

Although I did not especially like Tesson's writing style (somewhat chaotic, too fragmented, a questionable sense of humour at times - though all of this improved the longer he was on the taiga), the subject and
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Mosco
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7/10 arrotondati in su
Un libro nel quale non succede nulla. Tesson dorme, legge, cammina, taglia legna, gioca a scacchi con sé stesso o con qualche "vicino", pesca, addomestica cince, si ubriaca. E pensa. Pensieri belli, altri profondi, altri banali o ritriti. Dura essere sempre intelligente e interessante, tutti i giorni, per 6 mesi di fila di solitudine. Nell'insieme, non un capolavoro ma piacevole se si ama la natura, la contemplazione e il silenzio. Molto meno noioso e spocchioso di Walden,
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Troy
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Tesson travels to Lake Baikal in Siberia to be a hermit, to escape fifteen kinds of ketchup in the supermarket, endless phonecalls and emails, superficial conversations, and deluge of people squished against each other in Paris and other cities.

But I'm skeptical of the Man Alone in Nature and Cities Are Rotten narratives. On the contrary, I think cosmopolitan cultures force people to accept difference and tolerance—as long as they're actually forced to smash up against the other without comforta
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Kat
The potentially fascinating experience of a French dude living as a hermit in the Siberian wilderness, that turns out to be a superficial and inauthentic story due to his pretentious writing style and general snobbery.
Mark
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nederlands
Het idee: om los te komen van zijn drukke, jachtige leven in Parijs, gaat Sylvain Tesson 6 maanden leven in een blokhut aan het Baikalmeer in Siberië. Van februari tot en met juli, dus de winter en voorjaar. Van zijn verblijf daar houdt hij een dagboek bij.

Als hij is gedropt bij zijn blokhut, na een tocht met een vrachtauto over het bevroren meer, en hij alleen achterblijft, stelt hij: Eindelijk zal ik weten of ik een innerlijk leven heb.

Wat volgt is een verslag waarin heel veel sneeuw en ijs vo
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Sylvain Tesson est le fils de Marie-Claude et Philippe Tesson et le frère de la comédienne Stéphanie Tesson et de la journaliste d'art Daphné Tesson.

Géographe de formation, il effectue en 1993 un tour du monde à bicyclette avec Alexandre Poussin avec qui il traverse l'Himalaya à pied en 1997. Il traverse également les steppes d'Asie centrale à cheval avec la photographe et compagne Priscilla Telmo
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