Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier Themes

Tom Kizzia
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Authenticity

The word “authenticity” appears frequently in Pilgrim’s Wilderness . Authenticity is a theme that runs throughout the book. When Papa Pilgrim and his large family appear in McCarthy, Alaska for the first time, all indications are that they are exactly what they appear to be – an authentic, old fashioned family complete with their Amish-like physical appearance, hillbilly music, family values, and deep religious beliefs. Papa Pilgrim has often remarked that he was born a century too late and that does appear to be the case as he and his family establish a homestead and proceed to live off the land in the most rustic ways.

Appearances are deceiving. In time, it is revealed that Papa and his lifestyle are anything but authentic. He has reinvented himself many times, including going by various identities. He has left behind a long trail of secrets and lies, and the loving patriarch...

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