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Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Strayed, Cheryl, 1968- (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Wild


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A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.
Authors: Strayed, Cheryl, 1968-
Statement of Responsibility: Cheryl Strayed
Title: Wild
from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 315 p. :,map ;,25 cm
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I hate to be cruel but those who write memoirs open themselves up to the reader's criticism of their actions and this book is no exception. I found this woman to be incredibly flaky and juvenile and couldn't tolerate her anymore past the half-way point of the book. I will however, give the author credit for her blatent honesty in writing this book. She doesn't sugar-coat any of her thoughts or feelings or actions.

Report This Mar 14, 2014
  • hey44 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was a decently good read and a page-turner, but I found myself feeling irritated as I read it. Why was that? Frankly, I don't find her story to be entirely believable, and I suspect the author, who appears to be something of a drama queen, has embellished or even made up many of her exploits on the trail. After all, a more colourful story will sell more books, and she does seem to like to be the centre of attention - even if it is negative attention and/or attention caused by really dumb decisions. Her walk took place many years before she wrote the book and I doubt anyone would remember as much detail as is recorded in this account. Perhaps she just has a really good editor who encouraged her to add the right elements to make this book sell.

Report This Mar 13, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good book. I enjoyed seeing her mature as a hiker. In the beginning it was almost a comedy of errors but then she slowly but surely began to become an actual hiker. Losing toenails - gross. Lots of hitchhiking - scary. Creepy encounters - super scary.

Report This Mar 11, 2014
  • trapper12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book!! Cheryl writes in a way that makes it hard to put down. Very entertaining real life story.

Report This Mar 03, 2014
  • kelleypoole rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I agree with frantasm's review. This was mildly entertaining but the perspective is not of a mature woman looking back. Some of it is rather childish and self-centered.

Report This Feb 25, 2014
  • wassas17 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Entertaining. Not amazingly written, but it definitely makes you wish you were on the trail too.

Report This Feb 24, 2014
  • frantasm rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

After all the hype I was disappointed with a few aspects of this book. 1st the voice of the writer was not one of a mature woman looking back, instead it seemed as if she wrote the book still in her relative youth starting a sentence with the word "like" or describing her vulva as the plural "pudenda". Another example was a fairly thorough description of a Jerry Garcia tribute that lead to taking a lover, but almost no description of her abortion, which seemed like a much bigger deal. 2nd, all of the characters that were of color were either negatively described in appearance or not described beyond their skin color/ethnicity. Whites, but especially blond ones, were referred with positive adjectives such as pretty, handsome. 3rd and most annoying, some of the dramas she experienced were relatively not-big-deals to a lot of people in the world. Complaining of various situations that she put herself in and then morosely whining about them reminded me of the term "navel gazing" and was off putting. Read this book for the nature scenes and perspectives on grieving, but don't expect to be that inspired if you're not in the demographic this book seems to be meant for.

Report This Feb 23, 2014
  • jacquie234 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A powerful memoir. She was 22 when her mother died. Four years later, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State. This writer knows how to tell a good story. She writes beautifully. It entertains and I couldn't put it down. I hope she goes on another journey - so she can write about it.

Report This Feb 19, 2014
  • HannaBanana41 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a story. I was glad to read that she made it ok and now has her life together, thanks to her strong spirit and the kindness of strangers. I question that back packing outfit that sold her all those "extras", the ill fitting boots and that too large and heavy back pack... I'm sure they could tell she was a novice and they should have given her better advice.

Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • Thohe73 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book!

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Report This Jul 09, 2013
  • sydneysmom19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something. That perhaps being amidst the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I too could be undesecrated, regardless of what I’d lost or what had been taken from me, regardless of the regrettable things I’d done to others or myself or the regrettable things that had been done to me. Of all the things I’d been skeptical about, I didn’t feel skeptical about this: the wilderness had a clarity that included me.

Report This May 31, 2013
  • acer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't know how living outdoors and sleeping on the ground in a tent each night and walking alone through the wilderness all day almost every day had come to feel like my normal life, but it had...and something inside of me released.

Report This Apr 03, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Nature!

Report This Oct 24, 2012
  • Kimbolizzie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It had only to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles for no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental.

Report This Jul 31, 2012
  • wsbooklover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I felt fierce and humble and gathered up inside, like I was safe in this world.

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