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. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise. But it was a promise of piecing together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces rattlesnakes and bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and intense loneliness of the trail.
Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
©2012 Cheryl Strayed (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Yes I would, but with a few warnings. I liked the journey part of the story. However I felt there was quite a bit of dysfunctional grieving, explicit references to sex, and a terrible story about killing a horse that I could not listen to.
I've not read any of her other books.
I enjoyed her stories of other hikers along the trail.
A few laughs here and there. Definitely cried! Was pretty traumatised by the horse story, I had to skip ahead.
Genuine, interesting, touching
Into the wild
When she and her brother have to shoot her dead mothers horse
"Gutsy and feminine, hart worming tale"
Just what I have dreamt I would like to do.
Loved the no nonsense way she came to terms with life and the way it was written,
I love many aspects of this book - the independence to strike out on her own. Her pure honesty of her feelings and emotions through out. The rawness of her experience.
What I found difficult to listen to was the level of pain she has felt through the tough parts in her life. I found it really difficult to listen to in parts, tears rolling down my face - this experience in some ways overwelmed the rest of the story.
Worth a listen and maybe bypass the really gritty bits if you like me don't want to fall asleep crying!!
"I want to go on a hike"
Definitely more than just a hike into the woods but more a hike in to Cheryl's life.
I found this book really inspiring and would love to don my own Monster (Cheryl's name for her enormous back pack) and take a hike. A brave adventure to start on but it came across as very for filling. I have been though some of the same experiences and issues that Cheryl has in her life and found/felt great empathy.
They have and it was following an interview with Cheryl on BBC's Women's hour that I sought out the book.
This is a weird way to start a review, but everything about this book should have made it whiney and self-absorbed, but it wasn't. Basically, the themes were pretty common place; coping with the loss of a parent and also re-establishing yourself after some pretty hairy life choices. The setting was anything but common place; The PCT, a really long walk though a trail in America somewhere. (Obviously, I'm not one for detail). I really emphasized with the hiking bit, as I'm no stranger to going off semi-prepared and under trained on madcap 'walks', so that bit was really realistically rendered I thought. Honestly, I don't know what to make of folks who talk about 500 plus mile hikes they have done as if they were Disney Land. They hurt like hell mostly and are interspaced with moments of beauty/joy/insight despite the pain. Cheryl captured that well. She interlaced the story of the past and what she was running from/walking towards with descriptions of the challenges she was facing on the trail. She was humble and warm, aware of her own faults and very very human. I liked her a whole heap, and I didn't find her personal journey self-absorbed or off-putting, maybe because that's why I walk too; to find a way to live with myself and with life. If I had a chance to go back and listen to this book again as if for the first time, I would find that mighty fine.
I was riveted by this from start to finish. The reading was terrific and the book has pace and energy. I was right there with Cheryl for those 1000 miles. LOVED IT!
"A great listen, did not want it to finish!"
I really was aware that this was a real person telling her own story, she told it beautifully and with depth. Cheryl is a great writer and full of heart.
I would not comapre it it stands in its own right.
The final passages were very touching.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly, it is written by a person who has dug deep in more ways than one.
"Thin on the ice"
People who are so passionate about hiking that they don't mind the mediocrity of the writing. Young West-coast hippy X-gen students who think being "rad" and smoking joints on futons in pick-ups is cool... Unfortunately, this is an extinct species now.
Not necessarily. My problem is with the quality of the writing and lack of depth, not the genre.
The performance was actually in line with the story: something superficial in the voice matched the thin depth of the story.
Yes: Strayed is genuine and honest and there is SOME plot and character development. One rather gets the impression she explores her personal story to the full - it's just not such a deep story, in literary terms (not human ones), or perhaps her "full" is not the full potential, she can go deeper and further... if she dares, one day.
Detail and repetition are tricky techniques, perhaps not quite mastered here - the result is monotone, the hike in personal understanding rather low. The story takes Strayed from "not coping" to "coping" but does not really do more than scratch the surface of her inner character. Her mother's passing is obviously not the cause of her collapse, only the trigger - what was so shaky inside there to begin with? She hints at it with the single therapy session, then quickly shies away from this risky path. Don't climb the mountain Cheryl, delve into the volcano, deep deep down inside, that's where the action is. Oh and what was it about all that motherly love that did not go far enough to prepare her for death, loss, autonomy and independence? You can teach your kids to light a fire in the wilderness and recognise edible plants but did you teach them real life, emotional life survival skills?
"This woman had More baggage than her rucksack"
No and no
Maybe the author hasn't such a complaining tone but I kinda imagine she does
The gropey sex scene
We go walking to clear our minds of the busy world. This one brings them all with her. For a woman working through her problems the American way this book is appealing but unless you are an American woman who thinks the world wants to hear your complaining that you are a junkie that sleeps around and has no toe nails this book is dull. It's an adventure yet she hardly can look beyond her hard luck story to see it
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