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The Consolations of the Forest

Alone in A Cabin on the Siberian Taiga
Tesson, Sylvain, 1972- (Book - 2013)
The Consolations of the Forest
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"A meditation on escaping the chaos of modern life and rediscovering the luxury of solitude. Winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction, The Consolations of the Forest is a Thoreau-esque quest to find solace, taken to the extreme. No stranger to inhospitable places, Sylvain Tesson exiles himself to a wooden cabin on Siberia's Lake Baikal, a full day's hike from any 'neighbor,' with his thoughts, his books, a couple of dogs, and many bottles of vodka for company. Writing from February to July, he shares his deep appreciation for the harsh but beautiful land, the resilient men and women who populate it, and the bizarre and tragic history that has given Siberia an almost mythological place in the imagination. Rich with observation, introspection, and the good humor necessary to laugh at his own folly, Tesson's memoir is about the ultimate freedom of owning your own time. Only in the hands of a gifted storyteller can an experiment in isolation become an exceptional adventure accessible to all. By recording his impressions in the face of silence, his struggles in a hostile environment, his hopes, doubts, and moments of pure joy in communion with nature, Tesson makes a decidedly out-of-the-ordinary experience relatable. The awe and joy are contagious, and one comes away with the comforting knowledge that "as long as there is a cabin deep in the woods, nothing is completely lost" -- from publisher's web page.
Authors: Tesson, Sylvain, 1972-
Statement of Responsibility: Sylvain Tesson ; translated from the French by Linda Coverdale
Title: The consolations of the forest
alone in a cabin on the Siberian Taiga
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli Ex Libris, 2013
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: A sidestep
February: the forest
March: time
April: the lake
May: the animals
June: tears
July: peace
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Summary: "A meditation on escaping the chaos of modern life and rediscovering the luxury of solitude. Winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction, The Consolations of the Forest is a Thoreau-esque quest to find solace, taken to the extreme. No stranger to inhospitable places, Sylvain Tesson exiles himself to a wooden cabin on Siberia's Lake Baikal, a full day's hike from any 'neighbor,' with his thoughts, his books, a couple of dogs, and many bottles of vodka for company. Writing from February to July, he shares his deep appreciation for the harsh but beautiful land, the resilient men and women who populate it, and the bizarre and tragic history that has given Siberia an almost mythological place in the imagination. Rich with observation, introspection, and the good humor necessary to laugh at his own folly, Tesson's memoir is about the ultimate freedom of owning your own time. Only in the hands of a gifted storyteller can an experiment in isolation become an exceptional adventure accessible to all. By recording his impressions in the face of silence, his struggles in a hostile environment, his hopes, doubts, and moments of pure joy in communion with nature, Tesson makes a decidedly out-of-the-ordinary experience relatable. The awe and joy are contagious, and one comes away with the comforting knowledge that "as long as there is a cabin deep in the woods, nothing is completely lost" -- from publisher's web page.
Subject Headings: Tesson, Sylvain, 1972- Homes and haunts Russia (Federation) Siberia Natural history Russia (Federation) Siberia Wilderness areas Russia (Federation) Siberia Natural history Russia (Federation) Baikal, Lake Wilderness areas Russia (Federation) Baikal, Lake French essays Baikal, Lake, Watershed (Russia) Description and travel
Topical Term: Natural history
Wilderness areas
Natural history
Wilderness areas
French essays
Additional Contributors: Coverdale, Linda
LCCN: 2013117848
ISBN: 9780847841271
0847841278
Branch Call Number: 808.84 T
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