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    DescriptionFinalist for the National Book Award 2002In 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.


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    Title
    The Last American Man
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elizabeth Gilbert
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780142002834
    ISBN 10: 0142002836
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T General Subject: 560
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    BISAC V2.8: NAT024000
    DC21: 796.5
    DC22: 305.31/0973
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
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    LC classification: HQ1090.3 .G55 2003
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    Thema V1.0: DNB
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Publisher
    Penguin Books
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books
    Publication date
    01 June 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, "Pilgrims"-a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 1999 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares-and a novel, "Stern Men." A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for "GQ." Her journalism has been published in "Harper's Bazaar," "Spin," and "The New York Times Magazine," and her stories have appeared in "Esquire," "Story," and the "Paris Review."
    Review quote
    "The finest examination of American masculinity and wilderness since Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild." --Outside "Wickedly well-written...Without compromising her obvious admiration, Ms. Gilbert presents a warts-and-all portrait of Mr. Conway and a sophisticated understanding of why those warts are only natural.... A vigorous, engaging book." --The New York Times Book Review "Gilbert artfully taps into this unique life to create a fascinating, deeply thought-out and anthralling narrative." --Los Angeles Times "A vivid, nuanced portrait of an endlessly complicated man." --San Francisco Chronicle "The Last American Man relates the riveting story of Conway's odyssey from a child of affluent parents, to mountain man, to the owner of 1,000 acres of woods and fields in western North Carolina. Gilbert sees in Conway's life a parable for our time, a way of capturing how our culture is sapping us of all that is vital." --Chicago Tribune "There are so many reasons to read this book. Read it for the portrait of a man who isn't divorced from the land below and the sky above. Read it to watch his youthful ambitions fade into tired gasps. Read it to see how Gilbert gets at her subject without ever stabbing him in the back." --Entertainment Weekly "Conway is a character almost too goofd to believe...In Gilbert, he may have found the perfect writer to tell his story...from Conway's life, Gilbert takes off on delightful tangents about the nature of manhood, the appeal of utopian communities, the history of the frontier and the lingering myth of the frontiersman. The subject becomes much broader than one man's life. It's about what has been lost with progress, and what can be reclaimed." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "An important book, and well-wrought to boot...Gilbert just plain catches him: It is hard to imagine a deeper, more insightful portrait...her book is wise and knowi