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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Winterdance by Gary Paulsen. Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the winterdanve push to go on.
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Paperbackpages. Published February 17th by Mariner Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask winyerdance readers questions about Winterdanceplease sign up. My third paulsenn are very interested in the Iditarod and have enjoyed other Gary Paulson books. Is this appropriate for a read aloud. Can’t decide if I should order it with my own budget I’m reading it anyway or for my classroom.
Is this book appropriate for them? Lisa I’m a retired teacher but this is NOT a children’s book. It is, however, one of my favorite books of all time. I taught 2nd grade for 18 years and …more I’m a retired teacher but this is NOT a children’s book. I taught 2nd grade for winterdaance years and then taught literature to grades 7, 8, 9 for 16 years. I introduced this book to many of my older students that insisted they didn’t like to read and they loved it too. I’ll bet I have worn out at least 10 copies just pahlsen it out!
It’s the kind of book that makes you laugh out loud in public. See 2 questions about Winterdance…. Lists with This Book. Aug 20, Kyle rated it it was amazing. The funniest book I have ever read. This stands among the rare books that will get you looks for laughing out loud in the middle of the airport.
This is the true story of the author who, in “dangerous ignorance,” just up and decides to run the Iditarod. Winterdahce a story of essentially self discovery, but really, its completely and totally insane. The adventures are hilarious, and the journey is amazing. There is only one way for paulsfn story about a full team of Iditarod -class sled dogs raring to go with n The funniest book I have ever read.
There is only one way for a story about a full team of Iditarod -class sled dogs raring to go with nothing but a guy on a Schwinn behind wintercance to end. That way is friggin funny. Well, and a little dangerous. And I was fortunate enough to go dog sledding a couple times as a teenager. So I thought I sort of knew what the Iditarod was all about. This book is incredible. It gagy to me at a deep level. View all 5 comments. Jan 25, Karrie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Award-winning children’s author, Gary Paulsen, has another life besides just being a children’s paklsen.
He draws on his experience as an avid outdoors man to write his amazing books, i. 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 som Award-winning children’s author, Gary Paulsen, has another life besides just being winrerdance children’s author.
That somehow inspired Paulsen to decide that he wanted to run the ultimate of dog sledding events — The Iditarod. He wintwrdance 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 questions his sanity. There begins a remarkable journey.
He has to acquire 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 paulden 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 palusen 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 wagon. As 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 winterdamce 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 winterdznce he published Winterdance.
But it’s easy to forget that when you’re in subzero temperatures, being pulled by 12 crazy running dog s and facing down an angry moose that is about to attack! I was paulesn up until 2: And this was the third time I’ve read this book! It’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 winterfance like it. In fact, everyone I’ve recommended it to has come back to tell me winterdsnce much they loved it, especially the part about Paulsen eating the moose chili.
Yep, that’s the part I was laughing about at 2: Pick up this book and laugh out loud! Sep 08, Mmars rated it it was amazing. I get really irritated by ego trip books written by people who go adventuring think mountain climbing wintsrdance sailing solo and keep detailed journals just to publish a “look at what I did” book.
Gary Paulsen’s Winterdance is definitely not that. He lives and breathes dog sledding, paulseb American north woods, and writing. He’d have run the Iditarod even if he wasn’t a writer. Winterdqnce have raiseed sled dogs even if he wasn’t a writer. He’d have lived through bitter cold Minnesota winters even if he wasn’t I get really irritated by ego trip books written by people ;aulsen go adventuring think mountain climbing or sailing solo and keep detailed journals just to publish a “look at what I did” book.
He’d have lived through bitter cold Minnesota winters even if he wasn’t a writer. But it so happens that he is a writer, and a very talented one at that.
Highly recommended quick read for just about anyone. Beautifully descriptive and emotive without being wordy or pretentious.
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Mar 17, Ambrosia rated it it was amazing Shelves: In a slightly different world, I might have found this book completely incomprehensible. Of those who know me, I doubt a single person winteddance describe me as “outdoorsy”.
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 paulsem specific fear of getting lost pretty much preclude camping, hiking, or breaking trail of any sort.
My strengths lie far more in the “city” environment – urbane manners, snarky wit, discerning judgmen In a bary different world, I might have found this book completely incomprehensible. My strengths lie far more in the “city” environment – urbane manners, snarky wit, discerning judgment of food, drink, movies, wknterdance, and other entertainments.
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.
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Why would reading this winterance such an emotional experience for someone whose passions are more along the lines of mixing drinks and analyzing stories? Part of it is the writing. Paulsen is excellent at the sort of spare, elegant prose that nonetheless sticks in your mind. Even if you have no remotely comparable experience with which to identify with his story, he makes the world of his rookie Iditarod run – stumbling through completely unfamiliar terrain, hallucinating from lack of sleep, nearly dying of cold despite wearing every stitch of clothing he owns, being dragged on his face almost more often than standing upright on the runners – real and surprisingly sympathetic.
The story is insane – he, by his own admission, is completely insane – and yet you have to root for him because he and his dogs want this so badly. But another part of it is likely also my background. I grew up in Anchorage in fact, I was born the year the race he describes took placeduring dinterdance 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.
The joke these days is that Anchorage is “near Alaska”. In my teens, I moved to a small town in the Arctic, one of the coldest and most desolate places in the world.