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The Last American Man

– tekijä: Elizabeth Gilbert

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[In this book, the author] explores the true story of Eustace Conway, who left his comfortable suburban home at the age of seventeen to move into the Appalachian Mountains, where for the last twenty years he has lived, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he trapped, and living off the land. A charismatic and romantic figure, both brilliant and tormented, brave and contradictory, restless and ambitious, Conway has always seen himself as a "Man of Destiny" whose goal is to convince modern Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature. [The author] tells of Eustace's crusade and his extraordinary wilderness adventures, including his 2000-mile hike down the Appalachian Trail (surviving almost exclusively on what he could hunt and gather along the way) and his legendary journey across America on horseback." To [her], Eustace Conway's mythical character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America; he is a symbol of what we feel our men should be, but rarely are. From his example, she delivers a look at an archetypal American man and - from the point of view of a contemporary woman - refracts masculine American identity in all its conflicting elements of inventiveness, narcissism, isolation, and intimacy.-Dust jacket.… (lisätietoja)
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I read Last American Man while living in Liberia for a month. Eustace Conway is a remarkable person, and his philosophy for life is something every American should wrestle with. His desire fundamentally is to pull spoiled Americans back into nature and the frontier.

The reason I "did not like it" is largely because of the way Gilbert tells his story. Rather than remaining with his story, she continually cuts in with her own experiences. By the end, she paints a thoroughly realistic picture of Conway and his struggles particularly with his father. I felt that he had to sacrifice too many of his principles in order to share his message. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
We watch the TV show Mountain Men, so I was interested to know more about one of the guys who is featured in it. Eustace Conway is intriguing and complicated, but the author certainly put her biases in the book. Over and over she pointed out that he has to be in control and that he alienates people because of that. I skipped over a lot of the book bc it was repetitious, however there's no doubt that Eustace is a compelling figure and all the things he's accomplished are pretty amazing. ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
It never ceases to amaze me how different Elizabeth Gilbert's books are. This is no exception. I found it interesting and it is well written, but it does bog down at times.I'm happy to have read it, but I was ready for it to end. ( )
  ZephyrusW | Jan 2, 2019 |
More like 3.5 stars...this was an interesting read, but it could easily have been 100-150 pages. There was a lot of repetition, which made her point about eustace conway much less concise. ( )
  Abbey_Harlow | Oct 5, 2017 |
It is a well written description of this man and the relationships he has with people and the world. I think he has Asperger's syndrome, as did his father and maternal grandfather. Probably his sister does, too.

It doesn't seem to have any point other than say "This is an interesting person I know.", though.

I don't regret reading it, but was a little disappointed to find that it really didn't seem to go anywhere. In the end, he is a little world-weary, but still seems to be incapable of dealing with people in any way tht makes him happy. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
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The result is that to the frontier the American Intellect owes its striking characteristics. That coarseness and strength comvined with acuteness and inquisitiveness: that practical, inventive turn of mind, quick to find expedients; that masterful grasp of material things, lacking in the artistic but powerful to effect great ends; the restless, nervous energy; that dominant individualism, working for good or for evil, and withal that buoyancy and exuberance which comes with freedom—these are the traits of the frontier...
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[In this book, the author] explores the true story of Eustace Conway, who left his comfortable suburban home at the age of seventeen to move into the Appalachian Mountains, where for the last twenty years he has lived, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he trapped, and living off the land. A charismatic and romantic figure, both brilliant and tormented, brave and contradictory, restless and ambitious, Conway has always seen himself as a "Man of Destiny" whose goal is to convince modern Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature. [The author] tells of Eustace's crusade and his extraordinary wilderness adventures, including his 2000-mile hike down the Appalachian Trail (surviving almost exclusively on what he could hunt and gather along the way) and his legendary journey across America on horseback." To [her], Eustace Conway's mythical character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America; he is a symbol of what we feel our men should be, but rarely are. From his example, she delivers a look at an archetypal American man and - from the point of view of a contemporary woman - refracts masculine American identity in all its conflicting elements of inventiveness, narcissism, isolation, and intimacy.-Dust jacket.

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