An exciting and evocative book about a young boy who decides to live the life of Thoreau throughout a year in the Catskills. The author, who has written extensively on nature, comes to basic grips with the facts of nature and man's attempt to adapt to its rhythm. The hero-narrator of the book sets off on his venture with text-book wisdom, soon to find that it is a more subtle, more crafty game he must play if he is to survive. And survive he does, meeting each challenge with his characteristic blend of humor, intelligence, and humility. A vivid character at the vortex of convincing and real adventure. Heroics? None, but of heroism, young Master Gribley has an ample share.