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)
The narration was well done. The story, well, was like coming upon a horrific car accident. As awful as it was, I still couldn't seem to walk away. The story is everything wrong with our western society. Drug addictions, promiscuity, adultery, abortion, divorce, alcohol, insecurity, and spiritual starvation all wrapped into one person. One person who can ponder the meaning of her own life while casually throwing having an abortion amongst the list of things she did to prepare for her hike. She struck me as a very deep thinker in some aspects while in others so incredibly shallow and self absorbed as to make you nauseated. For someone who had always dreamt of being an author, I find it interesting that one of her favourite adjectives is 'f-ing'. Not for anyone under the age of 18, and definitely not for anyone easily offended by someone who can cross nearly every moral boundary and somehow justify it as something she couldn't help but do. The fact that this is a true story makes the entire thing that much worse.
I wouldn't read another book by this author if you paid me. But luckily she can't possibly have enough more to whine about to fill another book.
This young woman leaves a man who loves her for no apparent reason, although she never sets eyes on a man that she doesn't at least think about sleeping with. Her mother dies so she starts doing heroin and changes her last name to something dumb, then she goes on a hike totally unprepared (but she doesn't forget the condoms- well, you just never know if you are Cheryl Strayed). And now she writes a book that will scar her children for life. What's to like?
She is self pitying, and unenlightened all the way to the end. The story seemed contrived and outdoor adventure and natural beauty played a small role. Not what I had hoped.
A different main character, which is impossible because the story is about her. She just isn't a likable person. She did terrible things to the people she "loved" and that's not somebody I can get behind or connect with. Rather, it's somebody I dislike.
No, I love personal adventure stories. Unfortunately this wasn't much of an adventure.
Nothing, the narrator was good.
Cheryl, the author & main character.
Don't buy this if you're looking for an outdoor adventure story. It's an emotional story and one that doesn't have a likable character.
Started this book but quickly became disgusted with the foul language. Just stopped it and purchased another book. Complete waist of money.
Yes I generally find bios to be interesting and this one was, Cheryl was stuck heading down the wrong road and changed her life. People that just decide to do something and just do it are pretty rare and the people she met along the way were interesting. A little slow in some areas but overall I enjoyed her story.
The most interesting part of the book because there was a rather large chunk of info missing. I would have loved more detail to fill in the huge gap between the end of her hike and the end of the book.
I doubt it but I don't know what Cheryles been up to since the book ended.
I listened to this book in preparation for the movie and honestly don't understand the hype. To be honest, I found it to be quite boring. I feel like I know more about Strayed's feet than her heroin addiction. I can get behind "unlikable" female characters and commend those women who are willing to share stories that expose themselves at their most difficult or raw. But here, the only thing raw in this story were Strayed's feet. Her story and insights lacked depth and ultimately left me wanting to hike with the other characters.
No, it is very whiny,
Ms. Dunne is good at reading it, but she has an older voice, so not a good fit of a first hand account about a girl in her 20's
it's hard to feel good or bad about this book, it's just alright.
Maybe depending on the reviews
Maybe depending on the reviews
Had hard time getting into this book...it dragged at times
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