The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit is a devastating, poignant story of a hermit who lived alone in the woods for twenty-seven years. His story is beautifully touching, and utterly heart-breaking. There is deep tragedy within the pages of this book, deep sorrow, and a deep longing for something different, something better than the daily grind of modern life. Christopher Knight, the man whom The Stranger in the Woods is about, found peace in solitude in the woods and in leaving the world behind.
“I’ll speak to you when the lilacs bloom,” Knight says to the author, Michael Finkel. These are the words of a man who has returned to our ancestral roots, who has made his separate peace with nature and who will never be truly happy imprisoned by the trappings of society.
There is something strongly compelling about Knight’s story, something that will stick with the reader for a long time to come. Read it for its gentle wisdom, hard-won by a man who went to the ultimate extreme to escape this world for an altogether different one.