There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
I was prepared not to like this book, so I was pleasantly surprised when I thoroughly enjoyed it. Whereas I thought it would be a boring diary of a backpacking trip, instead Cheryl Strayed skillfully wove interesting and meaningful events from her earlier life into the trip and, in the process, I came to really understand the reasons for her trip into the wild and also ended up being really uplifted by her triumphs over adversity - large and small. She seemed like a very real and humble person who struggled with lots of demons and ended up overcoming them through this arduous trip. I felt like, " If she can do it, so can I!" That feeling is something I'm still holding onto, even now several weeks after reading it. I can see why Oprah picked it :) I guess it's a little like Eat, Pray, Love for backpackers, but I really felt more uplifted by Cheryl Strayed's search for meaning than I did by Gilbert's. That's saying a lot, since I did like Eat, Pray, Love.
It is surprising to me that she waited so long to actually write the book. She took the trip when she was 26 and now is in her 40's, I think. I'd like to hear about her process in getting to write the book. I also wonder how she remembered things from her trip. In the book, I don't think she talked about writing a diary along the way, and she recounted lots of details - mainly about the interesting people she met along the way. So she either has a really good memory or she was taking notes all the way. She did mention how she's always been a writer, so it would make sense if she were taking notes. I'm just glad she did have the opportunity to finally make it big with this story, long after her trip into the Wild.
I thought this book was going to be a day to day account of walking the PCT. It ended up being an excercise through the author's life, history and issues all the while describing her experience hiking the trail. There is a l lot of woman power in this book which I enjoyed also.
Amazing, courageous, moving
I listened to this book as I walked my own daily walks for exercise. Most of the time, I walked further than I had planned because I could not stop listening to the story. Win, win!
Probably not. This book, to me, was much less about the PCT and much more about the author's personal angst. I have enough of my own, thank you, I don't need yours.
Not sure. This was a wasted credit. I will choose better next time.
That's the problem, there wasn't much "scene", just her personal blather.
It inspired me to stop listening at about the time she had to detour from the snow fields.
Although her adventure was interesting and she should be admired for her perserverance, I found the author extremely self indulgent and self absorbed.
Brave, exciting, inspirational.
Of course it made me think of EAT, PRAY, LOVE and realize why that book rubbed me the wrong way. The author of WILD is so much more real.
I can't remember thinking about the performance, and isn't that the way it should be?
Truly a book about a strong woman.
Great book; brave woman; a little self absorbed, but she knows that, I think. Overall though -- incredibly inspiring.
Bernadette Dunne's voice will live with me now. The story is told with honesty (you can tell because of all of the horrible and socially unacceptable things she does...) So many people have criticized her, said horrible things about her and personally bashed her, but she certainly tells her story like it is. And it's a good one!
Chapter 13, when you realize how very little you actually understood when her boot sails away into the unknown in the very beginning.
You must go into this book JUDGMENT free. If you tend to be judgmental of other people and their choices, don't read it (or listen). You will end up thinking something mean and personally hurtful about the author. The style of the book reminds me a little of Eat Pray Love, but with more honest about less socially acceptable things.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
I love this book! At first I thought it was going to be a sad story because of the first couple chapters but its not its such a positive one. I can see why it was Oprah's first pick this year. I listened to it and as soon as I finished it I started it all over again, thats how good it is!
This was the first book that ever made me cry (its the part about her mothers horse Lady) and I have read and listened to 100s of books over the years.
Bernadette Dunne was the perfect voice for this story. Her voice kept me so involved. I loved the different characters she brought to life. I liked her so much that I looked her up to see what other books she has read for.
If you love the outdoors and stories that tug at your heart you will love this book! It will always be on my top 10 list!
i found myself able to really visualize the trail and i was eager to get back to finding out where her journey would lead next.
listening as she recounted the death of her mother was poignant
there were times i found myself shaking my head and wondering how she could be so dumb! hahahahaaa and many more times i found myself astounded at her courage and determination. i admire cheryl's tenacity and her honesty in the telling of her tale, warts and all.