Winterdance The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod kindle á Paperback ´ gary paulsen

kindle Winterdance The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

Winterdance The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod kindle á Paperback ´ gary paulsen ´ Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms frostbite dogfights moose attacks sleeplessness and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on Map and color photographsPaulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms frostbite Award winning children's author Gary Paulsen has another life besides just being a children's author He draws on his experience as an avid outdoors man to write his amazing books ie Hatchet Brian's Winter Within the first couple pages of Winterdance Paulsen is careening around in the Minnesota back woods on a sled that is being pulled by a pack of dogs The book could end right then and there as he goes off the edge of a cliff but he manages to survive and so do all his dogs That somehow inspired Paulsen to decide that he wanted to run the ultimate of dog sledding events The Iditarod He titles his book The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod because he knows how crazy this pursuit truly is Yet he begins his preparation as his wife uestions his sanityThere begins a remarkable journey He has to acuire the appropriate dogs to pull his sled he has to train himself for the hundreds of hours of running he has to prepare himself for the lack of sleep and a lack of food While all this sounds like a trip through Hell Paulsen tells his tale or tail in a hilarious and incredible voice Laugh out loud as you read about him racing through the night woods and being sprayed by skunks so many times he can't even open his eyes by the time he pulls up to his house in the dawn breaking hour For awhile he's riding around in a VW bug as his dogs some of them as insane as he is are pulling him around as if he was in a Radio Flyer red wagonAs the time draws near to the start of the Iditarod Paulsen and his dogs are ready His description of the beginning of the race is hilarious as he and his dogs run through people's backyards in an effort to find the course The reader realizes how high the stakes are when he describes the possibility that he could be running along for hundreds of miles only to discover that he's on an ice flow as he and his dogs pitch off the edge and into the ocean never to be heard from again As he writes about the Burn and all the other aspects of the race you will feel all the ups and downs of actually running the Iditarod yourself One minute you're laughing hysterically the next minute you're on the edge of your seat trying to read fast enough to know whether he's going to die Of course in a rational moment you know he doesn't die he's gone on to write dozens of books since he published Winterdance But it's easy to forget that when you're in subzero temperatures being pulled by 12 crazy running dogs and facing down an angry moose that is about to attackI was literally up until 200 in the morning last week on a weekday with work looming ahead of me in a few short hours laughing And this was the third time I've read this bookIt's no surprise to me that this book won an Alex Award years ago Now whenever someone asks me to recommend a good book for someone who doesn't like to read I recommend this one Given that I've read it three times and recommended to no less than 50 people there has been plenty of time for me to hear back from all those reluctant readers and not one has come back to me to tell me that they didn't like it In fact everyone I've recommended it to has come back to tell me how much they loved it especially the part about Paulsen eating the moose chili Yep that's the part I was laughing about at 200 am Pick up this book and laugh out loud

Gary Paulsen ↠ Winterdance The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod epub

Dogfights moose attacks sleeplessness and hallucinations I learned that the sled dogs love to pull live to pull lust to pull I learned that the men and women who drive dogsleds are swept into the rhythm of the ride; that there's a harmony of unity in the dogs the sled and the driver I learned that Alaska is a place of extremes devastating beauty and danger And I learned that I would rather travel to darkest Peru hot air balloon around the world travel 20000 leagues under the sea then run an Iditarod race But it sure was entertaining to read about Paulsen's wild experiences from my cozy chair His passion for his dogs shines bright Ordinarily I might have deducted a star for the ending but I've been online and found out that isn't the real ending of the tale

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Winterdance The Fine Madness of Running the IditarodIn the relentless push to go on Map and color photograph Crazy good