I read Roman Dial’s “The Adventurer’s Son” for @nytimes and found it gorgeous and disturbing, at once a love letter and a hard look at the kind of risks all outdoorspeople negotiate. You can do everything right and die. You can do it all wrong and survive. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/books/review/roman-dial-adventurers-son.amp.html …
Dial taught his son to be an explorer—and then his son disappeared while exploring. He was an adult then, but some of the books most interesting ethical moments happen when Dial’s son is still a child, and Dial struggles to find a balance between offering adventure and safety.
Maybe the book resonated with me so much because in some ways I relate to that struggle, and I don’t have easy answers. I don’t have kids, but I am responsible for keeping all my sled dogs safe—and yet I go with them into the wilderness, where there are no guarantees.
It’s not the same, I know. But part of the beauty of books is that they interact with each reader’s life in a different way. And I’ve been thinking about this one a lot since I read it. Highly recommended. Big thanks to wonderful editor @TinaJordanNYT for working with me on this!
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