The Stranger in the Woods (Book Review)


The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel is one of the most interesting non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time. It’s about a man who spent 20 years living in the Maine woods very close to civilization and no one found him. He survived by stealing food and others items from summer homes and the summer camp by the lake he lived near, so they searched for him. He and his campsite were simply never found in all those years.

Finkel, who is a journalist, hears about the “hermit” and starts visiting him in jail. This book is a recounting of his talks with Chris Knight and what he learned about this strange story.

Finkel himself has a great voice. He tells the story very well and mixes in his respect and care for Knight to create a really stunning narrative. Finkel is careful in his writing and…

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