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The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Sep 07, 2009

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bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended to Ellen by: Jamie
Read in September, 2009

This book is about a man named Eustace Conway, who from a young age learned remarkable skills that enabled him to live off the land. He also developed a very idealistic worldview, believing that humans living in modern society are no longer in touch with nature and are therefore unhappy. He also believed that he was uniquely qualified to teach people how to live off the land and to appreciate the natural world. Unfortunately, a difficult childhood and a wicked perfectionist streak have left him unable to forge long-term close relationships. Eustace is intelligent, strong, extremely capable, and fairly self-aware, but even for him, the legacy of his horrendously bad relationship with his father is difficult to overcome. The book is a fascinating portrait of a man with unusual skills and is told sympathetically by his good friend Elizabeth Gilmore. The story of Eustace Conway is incredibly interesting, but the tangents about utopian societies and famous pioneers didn't add a lot to the tale for me.

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