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The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B002EBDORE
- Publisher : Plume; Reprint edition (January 31, 2006)
- Publication date : January 31, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 897 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #251,458 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Read this book. After I finished I was looking around me on all my woods walks. It awakened a keener awareness of my surroundings, as I, too, live among bears.
away with a poor opinion of Treadwell, it is worth reading
Jans' book clears up this misconception straight away and does so with clear facts. Mr. Treadwell was an enigma - part child, part eco-warrior. But he was also, according to this book, a lovable fool that got in over his head and whose trust of bears culminated in his and Hugenard's demise.
If you are only wanting to know about the Treadwell story, you can stop reading after page 174. The rest is anecdotal information about Jans' own experience, data about bears, ways to prevent attacks from them, etc. Interesting information in it's own right, but not really necessary to the Treadwell story.
The book is written in a down-home vernacular and reading it feels like a favorite uncle is telling you a good yarn. This tends to help soften the horrifying reality of Treadwell and Hugenard's deaths a bit and also treats Treadwell's life story with the kid gloves it probably deserves. He wasn't a bad person, just a foolish one and Jans treatment shows a decent amount of respect if nothing else.
Top reviews from other countries
Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were killed by grizzly bears in Alaska, and six minutes of the attack on Treadwell were recorded on the soundtrack of his camcorder. The existence of this tape, combined with Treadwell's celebrity status, his hundreds of hours of film footage of the animals he loved, and his dogged determination to be up close and personal with grizzly bears, captured public curiosity about his life and resulted in books, articles and films.
Nick Jans' well-researched book, "The Grizzly Maze", approaches Treadwell's story more from an ethological perspective than a psychological one. It details Treadwell's behaviour and includes the views of a wide variety of people who came into contact with him. Pilots of chartered float planes, wildlife rangers, friends, critics, supporters, and the people who dealt with the aftermath of the horrific bear attack all get a chance to give their take on Treadwell as a person and on the controversial nature of his interactions with bears.
The book also paints a picture of the Katmai National Park and the community of bears that Treadwell was drawn to year after year, placing them in a dramatic landscape that makes you want to jump into one of those tiny float planes and soar in the air whilst the magnificent landscape unfolds below. One of my favourite passages in the book is Jans' description of the plane journey that took him away from the site where Timothy and Amie met their tragic deaths. Jans writes of flying ...
"... away from Kaflia and the torn remains of the bears, through a craggy, glacier-draped pass, and a funnel of austere peaks where the first snow lay spackled on dark rock. Then a land of sparsely forested valleys, crystal rivers and lakes, that in turn was replaced by a volcanic moonscape - the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. First came the Novarupta Crater, site of the massive 1912 blast that remains one of the most violent single volcanic eruptions in recorded history. Then we passed low over a mountainside where fumaroles vented steam into the air; shortly after the eruption there had been thousands of such "smokes,"which gave the place its name. Beyond lay a vast, undulating plain of volcanic ash, the Valley itself, which more resembled a stretch of Arabian desert than anything Alaskan. Once-lush forests of birch, balsam poplar, and spruce had stood there, now blasted flat and buried, perhaps to be unearthed and marvelled over by geologists in some future world. Across the face of this desolation the River Lethe carved its own stark canyon. The valley gave way to a line of trees and brush; the world became itself again, and beyond, the blue-tinged glacial waters of thirty-five-mile-long Naknek Lake."
Jans' writing style sweeps the reader along and makes you want to keep reading. I learned a lot about Treadwell by being given access to the thoughts and opinions of people who knew him, and who often had strong feelings about the life he chose and the risks he took. I also learned a great deal about bears, tourists, conservation, and how to behave around bears. By the end of the book, I felt like I'd been given a glimpse of the place that Treadwell thought of as home and the bears that - with such terrible consequences - he saw as his friends.
I highly recommend Jans' book and guarantee it will make you want to read more! I suggest that it is followed by Timothy Treadwell's own book, "Among Grizzlies", which was co-authored by his friend Jewel Palovak. For a slightly more psychological approach, I recommend "Death in the Grizzly Maze" by Mike Lapinski. And, of course, Werner Herzog's film "Grizzly Man" is not to be missed.
After numerous books about the Treadwell incident .. this is finally a book which not only gives you the facts but also what may have led to this sad situation and overall the sensitiv handling of close encounters with wild animals.
I have been reading so many books about it and not one really came close to this one.
Having made my own misled steps towards wild (Kenya and Chitwan Nepal)
I would like to thank the author for putting the reasons and eventually following consequences for ill made decisions concerning human-wild animal encounters in words and also give enough background knowledge to understand the problems.
People in our world mostly live in towns or areas without ever getting in touch with the wild.
Loving animals and nature they read about it in books and think this is all true.
How wrong in most of the cases!
There has to be a stop in the presentation of so called "Education movies about the wild" to schoolkids and the public alltogether when this books are written in the "nicey-nice" Treadwell, Jeff Corwin, Kieling, Steve Irwin - Manner.
Sad to say when BBC, Disney and other world known media groups show this movies for financial interests to the public, giving the "normal" citydwellers the idea that this all can be done to the wild animals without getting hurt or in the "better" cases just to harass and in the end ... hurt this wonderful animals.
Besides...this movies are mostly made (not the ones Steve Irwin made) with tamed animals and lying about it in the movies, what should actually, in my opion, be forbidden. Taking a tamed animal and tell kids and adults that these are wild ones and can be handled like this.. is hilarious and dangerous when it is done for "education reasons"
There has to be a law in the way that any movies about wildlife which are shown to kids and adults for Eduacation reasons have to be censored by REAL experts for this kind of animal or theme.
Because if a message is sent out it should be the right one.
I have learned my lessons, a bear is a bear is a bear and a tiger is a tiger is a tiger and a lion is a lion is a lion etc.
Glad I never got hurt but some of my anitcs definitely were bad ideas, even I never stept close to a wild animal on purpose, always kept a very comfortable space, but took badly advised "treks" into very dangerous places.
Excuse any misspelled words ... english is not my mothertongue!