The Man Who Lived Alone

Donald Hall

Illustrated by Mary Azarian



This is a story about a man who lives alone because he chose to. In his cabin in the New England woods, he live with his collection of old newspapers and carefully saved nails, his mule and his owl. His much-loved cousin, Nan, is just close enough for him to visit now and then. The man who lives alone leads a solitary life, quiet and content.

In simple, lyrical prose, Donald Hall creates a moving and believable portrait of this affectionate, eccentric man, from childhood to old age. We come to understand why he is the way he is, the names and pictures of his days, and finally, how those days will end. It’s a story about self-sufficiency and about solitude, about the difference between loneliness and being alone, and about living and living fully.

Ages 7 and up.

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