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It's not often these days that I read a book that I can't put down, but this definitely is one. If you think you're not interested in dog sledding, now is the time to change your mind. You are immersed in the world of dog sled racing in Alaska- probably not somewhere you ever expected to be- and although the whole enterprise is crazy, it's a craziness that is somehow irresistible. So glad I read it.
Note for people who (like me) don't really like dogs. I have always thought of them as highly motivated idiots, and this book totally confirms that. But it's gripping.
I enjoyed reading this book very much. In fact having started it, it was hard to put it down. The author tells his story in a very engaging and compelling way and I found myself fascinated and wanting to hear more of his addiction to dog sled racing. Of course I had heard about the Iditarod, but I learned so much more about it by reading this book. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in dogs or extreme endurance races!
I've read this three times over the years and given copies to all my friends and their teenage children - without exception we've all thought it a brilliant tale. It's not a large book and it's easy to read. It's about a sled race but you don't need to be an outdoors type of person or an animal person to appreciate it, it really is for anyone.
This is in my own best ever books list. Inspirational and an exciting, real life read. I bought this as a present, it arrived quickly and it's condition (ver y good) matched its description, it was like new. Would definitely recommend this book and seller.
Absolutely brilliant. It was so funny. This review has reminded me about it - gone to buy another copy as lent mine and it's not come back. It's been a while since I read it. Unlike me to want to read a book twice - but this one is worth it. I had lived in Canada for a few years and had considered dog sledding - reading this book definitely confirmed that I was not up to the challenge of even gentle sledding, let alone a race.
This book has spilled out from the very heart of the author. You are there with him(minus the subhuman temperatures thank God)as he participates in an almost impossible and insane race which takes place in Alaska with dog sled teams. An outsider with relatively little experience in sled racing he starts out as the underdog( no pun intended, moving along) battling through conditions what most sensible people would run screaming from. I read books like this to live vicariously through the author; I do not have a risk taking bone in my body. If you love adventure, if you love dogs, if you like snow but would rather not get cold and wet and possibly die, this book is for you.
I had already read a lot about sled dogs, races, Alaska and about the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth, but this book makes you feel like if you were there, at the starting line in Anchorage, or racing your own sled along the Iditarod trail. Gary Paulsen tells his experience as a rookie musher running his first Iditarod, but not just about the race, he tells how he put a dog team together and start to train them, without been killed by his own dogs, sometimes it is so funny that it made me laugh at loud. His training sessions are so crazy, his dogs are so wild and each one of them has his own personality, he beat against the weather on the race, but against his own dogs too, just trying to survive. If you like dogs, adventures, and about Alaska, don't miss this book.