The Last American Man
This is an excellent book, written in the early 2000's. It is a well written book that does not take long to work through. It is not an arduous read, and highly interesting with the subject matter. It challenges any man, let alone women, to recognize the dependency of the common American. On luxury, technology, on the ease of present day living. It follows a unique individual, Eustace Conway, in his amazing path on this earth, one that continues even now. It immediately challenged me to be more conscious of the type of living I partake in. I highly recommend this book to broaden your horizon. To make your own attempts to hearken back to a wild frontier that was partially tamed by individuals with a devout discipline, work ethic, and heartiness. We could use more of this mentality in this day.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Big Magic and City of Girls comes a riveting exploration of manhood and all its complicated meanings through the portrait of an American Mountain Man.
In this rousing examination of contemporary American male identity, acclaimed author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert explores the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway. In 1977, at the age of seventeen, Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature. To Gilbert, Conway's mythical character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America; he is a symbol of much we feel how our men should be, but rarely are.
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