I was recently looking over my second novel, Drover. I’ve yet to publish it and I’m thinking of launching it some time next year. It’s a about a cowboy who wants to settle down with a big ranch and a big family. It’s not a Western, but it also isn’t some sprawling urban tale. It made me think about over books set in the wilderness. These are my Top Ten favorite books set out in the wild.
10. Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder – We all remember the television show.
9. Roughing It by Mark Twain – Twain’s offering of a Western.
8. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes – The original buddy story on the road.
7. All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy – The first in McCarthy’s border trilogy.
6. A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean – The struggles of a Montana fishing family.
5. The Bear by William Faulkner – Hunting a bear in the Mississippi woods and coming of age.
4. The Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – An ivory trader on the Congo River deals with racism and colonialism.
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway – Spanish rebels who live in a cave tasked with blowing up a bridge.
2. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding – Young boys on their own demonstrate our true state of nature.
1. Call Of The Wild by Jack London – More than anything ever written, Nature is the hero in this book.
There are certainly other novels and you may feel as if they should make the list. Make your own list and let me know about it in the Comment section below.