The Hermit of Gully Lake

Joan Baxter

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ISBN: 9781989725504

The Hermit of Gully Lake

The Life and Times of William Kitchener MacDonald

  Author:   Joan Baxter    
  Publisher:  Pottersfield Press Ltd.

The world knew him as the Hermit of Gully Lake, a lean and bearded elderly man in rags who lived on his own for more than half a century in the deep woods wilderness of northern Nova Scotia. By the time he disappeared in December 2003, his legend had spread across Canada and beyond. According to that legend, he had jumped a troop train in the 1940s to avoid going off to World War II because he refused to kill. He then spent the rest of his days hiding out in a tiny, dark hut in the Cobequid Mountains near Gully Lake, enduring extreme hardship and isolation and living in fear of capture for desertion.

In this colourful, intimate and respectful book about Willard Kitchener MacDonald, readers are offered a glimpse of the man behind the legend. Where did he come from? What was it in his nature and his past that drove him into the woods to a life of solitude? What were his passions and dreams? How did he survive on his own through the long and vicious winters? Baxter has crafted this book out of the memories and fascinating stories told by his friends and remaining relatives, a tribute to those who loved and looked out for their friend over the years. This is a book that will capture imaginations and keep alive the legend of the man who was the Hermit of Gully Lake.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781989725504
Item PC0326
PublisherPottersfield Press Ltd.
PublisherPottersfield Press Ltd.
Published on February 18 2021
Language eng
Pages 160
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight252(g)
Joan Baxter is a veteran journalist, anthropologist, and Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute. She is the author of several books, including Seven Grains of Paradise.