Friday, August 15, 2014
Book Review~Pilgrim's Wilderness
Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier is the story of Papa Pilgrim, aka Bobby Hale, an eccentric man who arrived in Alaska with his wife and 15 children. They were living off the grid, self-sufficient in the wilderness near McCarthy, Alaska. Pilgrim's Wilderness follows their lives, including their pasts and how they got to Alaska. They had many struggles in Alaska, including trouble with their neighbors and the National Park Service. As the story unfolds, you begin to see the dysfunction within the family.
The author of Pilgrim's Wilderness is Tom Kizzia, who is a veteran Alaskan journalist and has traveled extensively throughout Alaska. He did a great job putting all the pieces together to write this book, which I imagine was not an easy task!
I began this story excited to read about the adventures of a true wilderness family. As it went on, it evolved more into the adventures of a very dysfunctional, abused family with a patriarch who was clearly not mentally stable. I enjoyed the book, but was sad to read what these poor children had to endure.
*Disclosure: I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.