Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod is American author Gary Paulsen’s account of participating in the iconic race. Paulsen, best known. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Gary Paulsen, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $26 (p) ISBN Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Gary Paulsen, Author Harvest Books $15 (p) ISBN

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The dogs not only find their own way home, but return long before Paulsen.

Winterdance Summary & Study Guide

Gary has never run sled dogs except on his short runs to check his trap lines. Maybe you don’t need to be crazy to want to do this, but to stick with it after the first several hundred torturous miles, given the numerous checkpoints to bail out, you have to be out of your mind.

And I was fortunate enough to go dog sledding a couple times as a teenager. Gary Paulsen is an idiot. His son is only mentioned a handful of times and only in passing. Woodsong and Winterdance are among the most popular books about the Iditarod.

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I grew up in Anchorage in fact, I was born the year the race he describes took placeduring the transitional time when it was really changing from being a large Alaskan town to a small city, more similar to the rest of the US than Alaska. This book i perfect for kids 6th and up because it has a lot of swearing.

In this book Paulsen refers to his wife often but not in depth. The adventures are hilarious, and the journey is amazing. Preview — Winterdance by Gary Paulsen. When Paulsen sleeps with his dogs his wife seems to express indifference.


Ever since he was fifteen, he worked many jobs to support himself.

Winterdance Summary & Study Guide

This study guide contains the following sections: Its a story of essentially self discovery, but really, its completely and totally insane. But bless him, he’s an idiot with a great memory and a flair for the self-deprecating humor, the kind that leaves you almost as incapacitated as Paulsen being dragged behind a team of Devil clones. Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, in Minnesota. She is the wise watcher, the person who observes Paulson as he struggles to prepare in what seems to be a detached manner.

He interjects humor well and does not overplay the dangers or difficulties that he faces.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

Sep 08, Mmars rated it it was amazing. However, he discovers gart he is unable to enter the cabin. I am not a dog person, and I couldn’t have imagined how compelling this book could be. 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.

Paulsen’s inexperience causes problems right from the first day, when he takes a wrong turn that adds miles to his run.

May 28, Emily rated it really liked it. I certainly don’t mind a walk down a well-worn scenic path now and then, but a general dislike of dirt and mess combined with a very specific fear of getting lost pretty much preclude camping, hiking, or breaking trail of any sort. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Winterdance. Part of it is the writing. Jun 23, Kyrie rated it liked it Shelves: From Winterdnace, the free encyclopedia.


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. Books by Gary Paulsen. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Dog lovers, survivalists, nature connoisseurs, and people that like being warm while reading about the cold. Follow Us on Facebook.

And for all my youthful desperation to leave it in pursuit of a place more appropriate to my interests, some part of me is glad – no, some part of me is overjoyed – to be reminded that it’s still there; to know that folks like Gary Paulsen can do truly stupid and ridiculous things like run a team of dogs over more than 1, miles of wilderness in the midst of some of paulssn harshest weather on this planet, and be better people for it.

This is the true story of the author who, in “dangerous ignorance,” just winterdanxe and decides to run the Iditarod.

It is very likely that those stories are more real and more powerful. Then i went back to bed. Now I know why.

Retrieved from ” https: A quick read but truly an outcome of great journaling. This article does not cite any sources. Articles lacking sources from November All articles lacking sources Pages to import images to Wikidata. By the time they arrive home, Paulsen’s own transformation has begun.

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