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If I can describe wild in a couple of words, I would say its a diary of a long distance hiker. In wild, cheryl Strayed narrates her hike on the PCT from the day she started preparing for it till she reaches her destination.
Cheryl Strayed's mother died of cancer when she was 21. She never got over it and couldn't just move on. She was then on a mission to destroy herself starting from commiting adultry to heroine. She then decided that she had to stop that and start somewhere. And so came the decision to hike the PCT. And to hike it alone. She was poorly prepared for it although hiking the PCT takes several months! But going through the hardships of the hike made her stronger and got her to accept her mother's death.
But her past life and the reason she hiked the PCT are just glimpses in the book and it is mainly a memoire of her journey on the PCT. She describes the hardships she encountered there, the people she met, how she went through each day and survived it. Wild is a good description of long distantance hikes, the prepations for it and how it is done; starting from using the water purifier to sending yourself boxes at every stop to supply yourself.
The hike was tough and challenging. I admire her for not quitting in the middle as a lot of people do that. And I admire her more for doing it alone. She even stayed alone when she could have accompanied other hikers (but she needed the solitude)
The hardships she went through on the hike, the struggle to stay alive each day is what made her accept what she's done to her life and to other people. It made her feel strong enough to move one. To accept life and become prepared for it.
Through out wild She is brutally and hilariously honest in everything she says! She tells about her one night stands and everything that came to her mind then.
Reading wild makes me want to go on a long distance hike!
The book is light and enjoyable. It's a good read if you are looking for something fun. I gave it three starts as there is no message in it, there is nothing that provokes your thinking, it doesn't serve a bigger purpose. Nothing philosophical in it. It's a good book but it's not literature. And that's why I gave it a three starts and not a four.
I am a little sad that I already finished it. Just loved it! The way she describes her walk made it easy for me to picture it in my mind. Wish I had the courage to hike the PCT.
This book is entertaining but not quite a page turner. I felt like it was written from the perspective of a 46 yr old rather than the 26 yr old that actually sectioned hiked portions of the PCT. Likely Oprah put it on her list as it aligns with her social values or abortion on demand. Seems liked the author regreted that she did not frolic with more of the young bucks on the trail at least she does now looking back 20 yrs, but I think that is true of most persons.
The author did share alot of herself in the book and it was worth the read.
The book was really well written, the story is frustrating because the main character made so many bad decisions.
I really enjoyed hearing the areas that the main character hiked through, because I grew up camping some of those areas with my family.
I like hearing about the PCT while she was hiking.
No, the story was about a woman getting her life back together. She gave a little bit about what happened after, and that was enough.
This is one of my favorite books now! Not only is this book about the PCT, but it's a story of her personal development. I didn't want the book to end! It inspired me!
I just wasn't blown away by this book. Interesting enough story, but I just couldn't really feel any empathy for Cheryl.
I love learning, teaching, and exploring!
This was an excellent book on many accounts. It was a story of determination, discovery, and acceptance. I would highly recommend it to a friend.
One moment that sticks with me is the passing of the mother's horse, Lady. This scene was probably one of the most emotional moments in the book.
Dunne's performance really enhances the author's emotion, be it pride, fear, joy, sadness or shame. Her performance was excellent and she demonstrated versatility as a narrator even though there weren't many character voices to portray.
There were many funny moments balanced by many sad moments. The author's extraordinary attention to detail and description provided several memorable passages.
This book really held my attention. Great writing and narration was good. This book is definately worth your time.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
Absolutely, yes. This is one of those incredibly honest accounts of the twisting path some of us take getting from point A to point B. Not just about the beauty and solitude of America's longest hiking trail, but also story about personal pain, challenge and growth along the way.
Definitely a story worth another listen.
One point I could have lived without was her telling of the story of putting her mother's horse down. Uggh, it's a brutal account and not one for those among us who own and love horses.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book and think it can be appreciated by a broad audience. Her excellent story telling and honesty are sometimes sad, sometimes hysterical, but always engaging.
I listen to 3-4 audiobooks a month. Sometimes its the story that keeps you listening, sometimes its the narrator. In Wild, its both.
Listening to the author's trials and tribulations, makes me want to get out there and hike the PCT, blisters and all.
Her emotion and pace matches the character's emotions and the overall pace of the story. Her narration made me cry when Lady died.