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Paulsen reported his mother's many adulterous affairs in Eastern Sun, suggesting that the man he called "father" was not really his biological father.
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He also discussed his mother's alcoholism. He told how she would bring him to a bar and had him sing for his supper, even though she had an income from her work in an ammunition factory, and he felt there was no need for this.Gary Paulsen 3
When World War II ended, Gary's father sent for him and his mother to come join him in the Philippineswhere he was stationed. A great part of the book is dedicated to the voyage by naval vessel to the Philippines. During the trip, Gary witnessed a plane crash.
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His mother, the only woman aboard, helped the corpsman care for the surviving victims. After arriving in Hawaiiaccording to Paulsen, his mother began an affair with the ship's corpsman. He quickly realized that he would not have a close relationship with the man whom he felt he did not resemble nor relate to, who never referred to him as anything except "the boy" and who, like Gary's mother, was an alcoholic.
Gary's family had two servants while they lived on the army base in Manila, a man named Rom, and a woman named Maria. Gary shared a room with Maria and before long, the woman, who had endured multiple rapes at the hands of the formally occupying Japanese, began to molest Gary.
He claimed in the book that this happened quite often, nearly every night, until he left Manila. While living in Manila, Gary's parents continued to drink heavily. His mother also continued to have affairs. The accounts in Eastern Sun ended when Gary and his mother left Manila. Bits and pieces of Gary's adolescence can be pieced together in Guts: In that book, Paulsen discussed the ways in which he survived between the ages of twelve and fourteen back in Minnesota.
He barely mentioned his parents except to say that they were too busy being drunk to stock the refrigerator. He worked several jobs during this time, including setting pins at the bowling alley, delivering newspapers and working as a farm hand. He bought his own school supplies and a rifle, which he used to hunt for sustenance. Eventually, he gave up the rifle and manufactured his own bow and arrows which he used to hunt deer.
In Gary Paulsen's book The Quilt, one of a series of three books based on summers spent with his grandmother, Paulsen told about what a tremendous influence his grandmother had on him.
It is difficult to say how factual an autobiography The Quilt is intended to be, as Paulsen is supposed to have been six years old in this story and yet he made references to events found in Eastern Sun, which is supposed to have been set later. He also refers to himself, in this book, in third person and only as "the boy". Early in his adult life he had issues with alcoholism. He also lived in poverty through most of his early adult life. He had several jobs including that of magazine editor.
He also did a tour in the Army. He struggled as a writer for decades. One of his earliest published books was titled Some Birds Don't Fly, a comic rendition of his time working at the government missile range, White Sands, New Mexico.
Ina book was published under the title The Special War. But it took about 18 months of intensive training and by that I mean long runs, constantly, just going home to change dogs and then heading out into the bush again to get me and the team ready for the Iditarod.
What is the biggest challenge of all in the Iditarod?
That's the most important thing and probably the biggest challenge and most crucial aspect of the race — to look after the dogs — not to rest or eat until they've been fed and watered and all of their feet checked and their own beds made. They're everything in the race and you, as the musher, are only there to make sure they're doing well. What is the best thing about racing? They know about running and they have such stamina and heart and they're fascinating people to get to know. I've always thought of dogs as people — wonderful, wild, doggy folks.
They have personalities and likes and dislikes and humor and anger and great heart and spirit. I never tired of watching them run and learning about them. That's why I ran the Race — to spend more time with the dogs and see what they could do. Where and how do you sleep on the trail? You have to keep an eye on the dogs, so you catch a few quick winks here and there — sometimes even when you're running, just standing there on the sled you fall asleep for a few seconds here and there.
Would you ever do the Iditarod again? Why or why not? I'm fine and currently living on a sailboat in the Sea of Cortez as I make plans to sail around Cape Horn, but the race would be, I think, too much.
What kind of wildlife can you expect to see on the Iditarod trail? Nussbaum's students W N. Except for the crazy moose, they're not troublesome, but moose have been known to attack dogteams for no good reason.
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What is your favorite checkpoint on the trail? What is the coldest and most dangerous spot? My favorite checkpoint is Rhone River because it is simply the most beautiful place I've ever seen — not that you have much time or energy for enjoying the view. Have you ever been in a real igloo? What do you eat, and what do your dogs eat?
Yes, I've been in an igloo. They're surprisingly cozy and warm — small though, you can't really stand up in some. Both the dogs and I eat lots of meat for the protein while we run. They eat the meat patties that I explained earlier and I made myself these ugly protein burgers with raisins and meat and all sorts of things to give me energy and keep me warm. Did you finish the Iditarod? If so, what place did you come in? I came in 42nd or 43rd place out of 70 plus teams the first time and I scratched 80 miles from Nome the second time.
You can read about my experience in the race in my books Woodsong and Winterdance. How long does it take you to finish? Was this a lifelong dream? Schmick's 5th grade class, age 11, WA Seventeen days 14 hours to finish the race the first time I ran. This was a lifelong dream and I still dream of it. You're never the same after you run the Iditarod, and I still lust to go out and run with dogs, even though I know that I shouldn't.
But I'd give just about anything to be able to do it again. To see the horizon again from the back of a dogteam would be wonderful.
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I would like to know what kind of car you have. And which do you prefer to drive, your car or a sled dog? Hector G, age 12, AZ I have a pickup truck. And I prefer to be with dogs or on my sailboat than in a car — actually more than any other place on earth.
What do you eat on the trail? Both the dogs and I eat meat on the trail. Like I said, I got a donation of outdated meat from local grocery stores where I lived that I would grind up into sort of a paste that I could freeze and later thaw for the dogs. And I would make energy patties of meat for myself and cook them on a small portable stove that I carried in the sled. Actually not so much cook as thaw.