BLURB: At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
MY THOUGHTS: If I met Strayed in real life, I’m not sure I’d stop and share time with her. I very nearly abandoned this title three chapters in, altho I’m glad now that I did persevere, I’m not likely to pick up another of her titles or go to her TED talk. She struck me as self-obsessed, willfully ignorant and frankly, annoying (naming herself “strayed”? really?).
However, even I with my distinctly non-rose tinted glasses could see her personal progression thru the book, and I did enjoy her descriptions of her fellow walkers and most especially the scenery. Oh my, that scenery. Three stars, and I’m not watching the movie.
If, however, I didn’t put you off or you also hadn’t read one of 2012’s Books of the Year (Boston Globe, EW, NPR etc) there is an extract and reading guide HERE
5 thoughts on “Book Review Wild by Cheryl Strayed”
I loathed her so it’s nice to meet you! I’m not as generous as you are–I just keep remembering her going off on how amazing heroin is. Good job on the review!
I started to skip a few pages when she went on about drugs or sex; neither work to “fix” emotional issues IMO. Thank you for your comment!
I really loved that book. I think she was truly fortunate that she survived, however. Some on the same trail have died from the weather.
I was amazed she got thru some of it. Seemed woefully unprepared but I guess it shows what & where willpower can get you
And an enormous amount of luck or grace or providence depending on your beliefs.