If you read the synopsis of this book and are a bit wary, just know that I was too. A hermit in the woods who lived off stolen items screams to me nothing to see here; move along. But I was encouraged to pick it up, and Im so happy I finally did. This story is absolutely fascinating. The North Pond Hermit lived alone for 27 years never speaking more than a hi to a single hiker and lived off goods he stole from cabins. Failed and shunned journalist, Michael Finkel, started correspondence with the jailed hermit in an attempt to figure out what made him tick. Christopher Thomas Knight was not crazy. He was not a criminal mastermind. He was not an environmental activist. He was just a man that walked into the woods one day and decided to never go back to society. He knew it was wrong to steal, but he did what he had to in order to survive. The Stranger in the Woods is a true story that really delves deep into how Christopher Knight lived in solitude for 27 years and explores his mental wellbeing. Id highly recommend it for lovers of fiction and nonfiction, alike, as this story is just strange enough to be fiction.
Documents the true story of a man who endured a hardscrabble, isolated existence in a tent in the Maine woods, never speaking with others and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins, for 27 years, in a portrait that illuminates the survival means he developed and the reasons behind his solitary life.