The Last American Man - Elizabeth Gilbert

The Last American Man

By Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Release Date: 2003-05-27
  • Genre: Nature
4 Score: 4 (From 32 Ratings)

Description

Finalist for the National Book Award

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.

Reviews

  • The Last American Man

    1
    By Cowchick57
    The most boring book I ever read. He is not the last American man by any means. His story could be written in few words. You paint him as a hero with this title and he definitely is not.
  • Spellbinding true tale!

    4
    By davidsumnernyc
    Spellbinding true account of one truly bizzare, incredibly inspired, yet sadly, emotionally flawed, real-live mountain man. Gilbert proves her knack for finding a sensational story with this one. Captivating!

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