3 out of 4 stars
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In 2018, Wild Genesis by Wayne Wasechka was published by Fideli Publishing, Inc. Its slogan (A True Story of Adventure, Friends Lost, and Maturity Found) says it all. It has 13 chapters and includes 2 maps. The book wasn't very long, but the adventure was a roller coaster ride from the beginning to the end. This nonfiction book is a memoir written like a diary. It consists of daily events and adventures starting in 1976, in an attempt to survive in the wilderness of British Columbia, Canada.
Wayne sold his possessions, freed himself from all that bound him to the city, went with his friend (George) to the wilderness of British Columbia, and lived there as the mountain men. They marveled on their small victories - the first rabbit they snared, the first fish they caught, and the day they shot their first duck on the wing. They were both fascinated by the beauty of British Columbia such that they gladly and willingly accepted the risks associated with it. In a place where in an instant may change from fun and games to a life or death situation, how long can they survive?
I could not forget their most memorable near-death experiences. One of which was the disastrous raft ride. If I were in their shoes during that time, I might not survive due to panic. I admired their bravery and presence of mind during critical situations. During winter, the one questionable commodity was their sanity. Depression, isolation, and self-doubt crept into their minds when they were cabin bound. George was torn between the raw beauty of the place and his longing to be in the city, so he decided to go back to civilization. What took my breath away was Wayne's love for speed. He made his way up the sloping hillside until he was three hundred feet up the slope, sat on a deerskin, and skidded down. I found these characters relatable and realistic.
Even though the names used in this book were fictitious, the miles traveled were just estimations, and the journey seemed unbelievable, Wayne attested that the story was a real account of his and his friend's journey into the wilderness of British Columbia, Canada. The author talked about his belief in Wakan Tanka (The Great Spirit) and the medicine wheel. He also mentioned things about karma and reincarnation. I have a different belief, but it's good to know other people's beliefs, too. This journal is a labor of love, and I find it educational, exciting, and challenging. I love the author's writing style which painted a vivid view of the splendid settings and the game in motion. The pace and the adventure made me feel continuously breathless. The ending caught me off-guard.
There was nothing I disliked in this book. I rate Wild Genesis by Wayne Wasechka 3 out of 4 stars. The number of errors hindered me from giving it a perfect rating. I saw a lot of punctuation, grammar, and typo errors. I will not hesitate to give this book a perfect rating after a round of editing. I recommend it to the naturalists and to those who intend to live like the mountain men. Those who are planning to journey in the wilderness of British Columbia, could view this journal as an aid in preparing for their excursion and use it as a guide for what they might expect. Those who are sensitive to contents related to weed smoking and gory scenes may prefer to pass on this one. The author forgot to bring a camera. I would've loved to see some photos of Mother Nature and the wildlife in 1976 - something I have not actually seen in this populated place I'm in.
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