It’s funny that the book I nearly refused to open for my 5th grade book report ended up being such an influence to me. After I fell days behind the assignment I trudged through the first two chapters, bored senseless and completely disconnected with the character. Then I came to the plane crash, the encounter with bears, moose and porcupine, building a shelter, scavenging for food….
I was hooked. Every piece was written with such clarity and emotion, which was why I wasn’t surprised to learn most were first-hand experiences of the author. What’s stuck with me most was that Hatchet was never about fighting and conquering the wilderness, but cohabitation and appreciation of its beauty. Killing an animal meant it’s given itself to you, and you honor it by putting everything to use - fur, bones, etc. Nothing was taken for granted, not even life. Just like how Brian came home as a different person, I feel like every trip I take out into the woods has the same effect on a smaller scale.This book is the reason why I want to build a log cabin before I’m 60.
..So how’s that for a book report