Wild is a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe - and built her back up again.
At 22, 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: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.
Strayed faced down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
©2012 Cheryl Strayed (P)2012 Random House
“No one can write like Cheryl Strayed. Wild is one of the most unflinching and emotionally honest books I've read in a long time. It is about forgiveness and grief, bravery and hope. It is unforgettable.” (Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle)
“While reading Cheryl Strayed’s stunning book about her arduous solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, I kept asking myself - what would I do if I were stripped bare of everything - money, job, community, even family and love? Thoreau once said, ‘In wildness is the preservation of the world.’ For Strayed, it is clear that in wildness was the preservation of her soul. She reminds us, in her lyrical and courageous memoir Wild, of what it means to be fully alive, even in the face of catastrophe, physical and psychic hardship, and loss." (Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace)
“Cheryl Strayed can sure tell a story. In Wild, she describes her journey from despair to transcendence with honesty, humor, and heart-cracking poignancy. This is a great book.” (Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace)
A little redundant in the writing, and the writing style seemed to almost try too hard. I thought the story was best toward the end; I had a hard time being patient with Cheryl. I was also very angry at the unnecessary and preventable suffering that Lady endured. That has haunted me for days. I admire the courage it took to do something so physically challenging, how that revealed the even more challenging inner work of Cheryl, and the vulnerability she displayed into to becoming healthy and transformed.
The story was inspiring without being cliche.
I want to go on my own journey to find myself. Before reading this story I didn't realize that I could use a journey of self discovery; but I could.
It ended well, but was so hard to want to pic up and finish. Almost too much backstory. This is the writers story and needed to be told for her but I wouldn't recommend this book. The movie I now have no desire to see.
I'm not really much of a hiker but I found the story quite engaging. Whilst I could understand why the main character Cheryl Strayed went on this journey, which is to try to find her footing after having lost her way in life,
It was difficult to understand why any woman would want to place herself through the danger of hiking the trail alone.
As the main character said, she was for the most part very lucky. I guess the hardships endured enabled her to find her way in the end!
I enjoyed listening to this story event though I zoned out on many of specific trail, scenery details. I liked the way the life details were intertwined and connected with her trip on the PCT.
This was an amazing and truly inspirational read! I've never been interested in hiking for 10 miles let alone for 1100. In fact, I wasn't particularly interested in the book but I'd heard such good things about it from friends I thought I'd check it out. I'm so glad I did. Her narrative is told beautifully with heartbreaking glimpses into her losses. I enjoyed reading about the triumph of her little success as they pile up and become one giant example of what faith and tenacity can create. I'm sure the book and the movie will inspire a generation of young girls to test themselves on the PCT.
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