I kind of remember this book. I remember it being fourth or fifth grade, maybe even sixth. Who knows.
Flash forward to present day, then rewind a few months back, and now I’m 36 and reading an article on the Art of Manliness about this book, “10 Wilderness Survival Lessons from Hatchet”. All of a sudden I have vague memories about this boy lost in the woods after a plane crash. How he survives and his discoveries about himself.
After reading the article I’d thought, damn I’d love to re-read that book as an aware adult now. Few days later I’m at my local Goodwill, and BAM. There it was on the book shelf. 99¢ how could I pass that up. I nabbed it and cracked it open.
The story, this second time around, was less thrilling than I remember it being. I remember it through child’s memories and some what remember this feeling of anxiety, being lost in the Canadian wilderness, than I did this time around. Maybe it’s cause I knew the ending, maybe it wasn’t as detailedly written as I’d thought it was or what. I definitely noticed the lessons and points the author was making more this time around than before, maybe because I’m older now and know a bit more. While reading this I did think this would make a really awesome longer, more detailed story of some sort. Something a more advanced reader would enjoy.
Maybe after reading this post you’ll want to re-read the book, it’s definitely worth the few afternoons it would probably take you to finish. If you love the outdoors it’s definitely worth a quick read, it’ll have you longing to get out side and test your skills. Can you survive? Have kids? They’ll probably love the teenage centered character & maybe get them excited for adventures themselves. Want to take a trip down memory lane? I’m sure most of us read this.
So if you see a good deal, or have this collecting dust on your own shelves, I’d say pick it up and give it a read. You just might find yourself on a wild adventure.
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