Book Review: Wanderlust by Reid Mitenbuler

April 16, 2024

About:

Wanderlust: An Eccentric Explorer, An Epic Journey, A Lost Age by Reid Mitenbuler is a biography of Peter Freuchen, a Danish adventurer, author, actor, and game show winner. Mr. Mitenbuler is a published author and writer from Los Angeles.

  • 512 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mariner Books
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0358468329

Book Review: Wanderlust by Reid Mitenbuler
My rating for Wanderlust – 4
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Thoughts:

Peter Freuchen looks and sounds like someone made him up. He was 6.5’ feet tall, one legged, with wild hair and beard. An explorer obsessed with he arctic, who married an Inuit woman, established a trading post, and a chronicler of the Arctic culture. His adventures took him from the loneliness of the ice deserts, to rubbing shoulders with the glittery crowds of New York City, Hollywood, and even Presidents.

In all my reading, I either never heard, or missed the name Peter Freuchen. I’m guess it’s the latter, because as it’s pointed out in Wanderlust by Reid Mitenbuler, Peter Freuchen was a household name for several decades.

This is an interesting book about a remarkable life, led by a swashbuckling man. However, with all his accomplishments it seemed to me that Freuchen was always the sidekick to others. He never led, or produced, or directed, or organized anything of note. He surely was in the right place, at the right time, with the right people to lead a life many would envy.

Freuchen married Navarana, a 13 year old Inuit (which was socially acceptable), who gave him two children and died 10 years later of the flu. His left foot was amputated and left him with a peg leg, upon returning to Denmark he remarried, wrote books, bought a farm and joined the World War II Danish resistance. And then he moved to Hollywood, fall in love with a magazine illustrator, and won the $64,000 Question game show. Even Freuchen’s death is seemed out of a story book, giving in to a heart attack on his way to Alaska .

The moves very fast, sometimes almost too fast. The hectic life of the Peter Freuchen are interesting by themselves, but I felt I needed more to know who Freuchen is, not just what he did.

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