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Out of the Wild: Seven Years in the Wilderness

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Not the standard romantic wilderness survival tale, but a very honest, warts and all account of one young man's unique journey, striving to survive for seven years in a very remote rainforest location inside New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, three days walk away from the nearest road end. Away from all the modern conveniences and comforts most take for granted, his ta ...more
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Sarah Stuart
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

Out of the Wild: 7 years in the New Zealand Wilderness is exactly what the title promises. Charlie Paterson’s vivid record of his struggle against everything – poverty, bureaucracy, loneliness, and ill-health – that undermined the roots of his dream to survive as our ancestors must have done. The “wilderness” is within the vast Fiordland National Park and his chosen location very remote. Out in the Wild comprises the history of this amazing part of N
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Jane Finch
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Out of the Wild: 7 Years in the New Zealand Wilderness by Charlie Paterson tells the story of the author’s disillusionment with his work as manager of a salmon farm, and his determination to fulfill and live his dream. That dream was to build a home in a remote rainforest in New Zealand. The book tells the story almost in the form of a journal, detailing the forest and wildlife around him, his ongoing struggles with bureaucracy in building his home, the effects of loneliness despite being surrou ...more
Bruce Smart
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book showing the hard physical work and the way that the mind can play tricks on you particularly when working in a remote area and alone for much of the time. The frustrations mentioned in the book would be sufficient to make most give up and move back to society. It also touches on the manner in which the wishes and aspirations of influential people can impact on an individual. I read this book in one day and found it difficult to put down once I started it. A good honest pi ...more
jackmagnus
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Out of the Wild: 7 Years in the New Zealand Wilderness is a nonfiction adventure memoir written by Charlie Paterson. In 1995, Paterson embarked on a grand plan to build a lakefront tourist retreat in Fiordland National Park, a designated World Heritage Park. He gave up the modern conveniences most take for granted and lived an austere life in a remote and relatively inaccessible location. Getting the land and permits to build upon it was no mean feat.
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Charlie Paterson was born 1966 to a farming family in Southland, New Zealand, being the youngest of 5 children. Although having no formal qualifications Charlie has worked in a variety of roles from being in the NZ Army to stoking coal fired boilers on a tourist steam ship in Queenstown, from managing seacage Salmon Farms at Stewart Island to running a charitable Outdoor Education Centre in Doubtf ...more
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