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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This book i perfect for kids 6th and up because it has a lot of swearing. I’ve also lived in the Interior, and in Juneau; I’ve experienced, to a smaller degree, many of the utterly extreme and breathtakingly beautiful scenarios Paulsen talks about. This is his memoir, of that event and it is awesome.

The book is also very funny and I laughed a lot. Also – this was wintervance required summer reading book for highschool freshman. Account Options Sign in. At first the dogs are a means of transportation and income, but Gary’s relationship with his team evolves until he decides to run them for pleasure.

Before long it is time for Gary and the team to cross the starting line. Gary Paulsen’s Winterdance is definitely not that.

After more than a decade spent sailing all over the Pacific, Paulsen got back into dog sledding in Gary is given dogs by friends, people wanting to be rid of their animals, and older sled dogs. He also maintains a acre spread north of Willow, Alaska where he breeds and trains sled dogs for the Iditarod.

Paulsen was obsessed and wanted to race again. Open Preview See a Problem? Gary Paulsen moves his family to Minnesota, drains their bank account, and begins running sled dogs. He participated in the Iditarod, but scratched after two days. In this book Paulsen refers to his wife often but not in depth.

Becoming Dog; First Snow. 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. In a slightly different world, I might have found this book completely incomprehensible. Other editions – View all Winterdance: It’s the kind of book that makes you laugh out loud in public.


Preview — Winterdance by Gary Paulsen. So the fact that I was this emotionally affected by a book that’s entirely about a man finding joy in some of the harshest outdoor environments and one of the most unpredictable sports in the world, a man who becomes further and further estranged from “civilization” as the story goes on, would seem a bit odd at first glance.

I learned that the sled dogs love to pull, live to pull, lust to pull. It’s about being drawn to something that’s bigger than you can handle but being unable to resist the pull.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

Map and color photographs. The story begins with a poverty stricken Gary Paulsen and his wife Ruth living in a cabin in the woods of Minnesota, where he uses a team of dogs to pull a sled as he checks his trap lines. Yet he begins his preparation as his wife questions his sanity. 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!

Not only did I learn so much about the things involved in running and preparing for the Iditarod, but I also found myself laughing outloud at the most inappropriate times! 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. I’m surprised anyone would admit to the mishaps he put himself in and publish them but if you can’t laugh at yourself It’s also a very, very funny book as he did the race before the internet and really had no clue how to train, how to pack, what to expect, etc.

And I learned that I would rather travel to darkest Peru, hot air balloon around the world, travel leagues under the sea, then run an Iditarod race. Jan 16, Nolan Alber rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 24, Jonathan Malone rated it it was ok. The adventures are hilarious, and the journey is amazing. He finds that sharing sleeping quarters with the dogs increases his bond with them, and even after the smell has worn off he continues to sleep outside.


May 28, Emily rated it really liked it. 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.

Its a story of essentially self discovery, but really, its completely and totally insane. I loved learning more about working and living with these amazing dogs. First Snow 95 Alaska. Of those who know me, I doubt a single person would describe me as “outdoorsy”.

He lived overseas after the war in the Phillippines between And yet, he writes about training for and running the race in such a way that I was almost ready to head for Alaska and try it myself.

Which I shouldn’t need to do. Anne It isn’t the real ending??!

I am not much of an animal person, I am definitely NOT a sports person, and I rarely get excited about nonfiction Works by Gary Paulsen. I had a big Gary Paulsen phase.

And I thought of how to answer her. Winterdance is an unforgettable account of Gary Paulsen’s most ambitious quest: Gary has never run sled dogs except on his short runs to check his trap lines. Paulsen competed in the and Iditarods.

He also re-evaluates his life and decides that a simple life is better than the pursuit of money and material objects.