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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail An alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereAt twenty two, 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 to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State and she would do it aloneTold with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her So far, a great read It s Eat, Pray, Love without all the whining. EDIT 4 4 2014 I changed this from two stars to one, because I realized that it s been about two years since I read this book and I still get ragey and fist shakey just thinking about how much it sucked So, bonus star deducted This book sucks on wheels Read on for Okay I gave myself plenty of time to cool off before writing this review, because man, was I ever pissed at this book by the time I finished reading it And I really wanted to love it I m a backpacker, and I ve often fantas EDIT 4 4 2014 I changed this from two stars to one, because I realized that it s been about two years since I read this book and I still get ragey and fist shakey just thinking about how much it sucked So, bonus star deducted This book sucks on wheels Read on for Okay I gave myself plenty of time to cool off before writing this review, because man, was I ever pissed at this book by the time I finished reading it And I really wanted to love it I m a backpacker, and I ve often fantasized about doing the PCT solo a pretty stupid idea for anybody who s not muchexperienced than I am I was excited about a memoir of one woman s experience on the trail I dug into this book eagerly, but within a few chapters my enthusiasm began to deflate, and by the end I was basically doing this at every other paragraph After some cooling off time, I gave it what I feel is a very generous two stars That bonus star is for the first couple of chapters, which do in fact pull a person in, and which do share some impressive openness on the author s part I was particularly impressed with her ability to share her weird dreams about killing her mother, which were raw and real and touching and disturbing Also, the scene where she recalls how view spoiler the horse is put down hide spoiler was particularly affecting Otherwise, this book just doesn t have all that much to offer Cheryl Strayed s life doesn t, so far, have an unusual amount of sadness or tragedy or inspiring moments the kind of things that make for good memoir reading Or if her life does contain those things, she s not a good enough writer to make the reader feel it Brief rundown Strayed lost a loving parent with whom she had a great relationship, and had a very difficult time accepting that loss Not particularly different from the experiences of many people I ve met As a result of her grief, she lost all impulse control and sabotaged her marriage to a really wonderful man, then started using heroin Okay, that s a littleinteresting, but unfortunately the full impact of these momentous choices is lost in an unblazed forest of vague, unremarkable prose and confused chronology, making it hard to give a damn At the nadir of her downward spiral, she hears about the PCT and just decides to hike it, which is not surprising, I guess, since she s proudly established that she suffers from a total lack of impulse control a condition she never really seems to try to correct throughout the course of the book So hike it she does, all unprepared, derping off into the wilderness, as is par for the course, apparently She can t even be assed to read the essential and very short, I might add book Staying Found The Complete Map and Compass Handbook, an absolute essential for anybody who determines to walk off into the wilderness and survive by whatever she can carry on her back Oh, she bothered to buy the book, but she neglected to read even a page of it on the flight from Minnesota or wherever she s from to southern California, although she brought it on board the plane intending to educate herself BEFORE she began her blissed out hippie walkabout But I guess, hey, free peanuts and a bad Adam Sandler movie, so.If you re getting the impression from the review that this memoir fails mostly because Strayed just doesn t make herself a very sympathetic character, you re getting the right idea But it gets worse Once she actually gets the high of hiking under the weight of a pack HALF HER BODY WEIGHT, for god s sake the book becomes Mary Sue Goes on a Nature Walk.Everybody yes, literally everybody except the gay guy and a couple of women wants to have sex with her She is that irresistible, all hairy and smelling like a sasquatch and hobbling from miles of carrying half her body weight All the men she meets eye her appraisingly Most of them hit on her and ask her out for dinner and drinks waitdinner and drinks on the Pacific Crest TrailYes,on that later One of them actually does seduce her with the erotic power of his Wilco t shirt But the one message she clearly wants you to take away from her allegedly inspiring story of a complete personal transformation on the PCT is that the author is preternaturally sexy, and virtually nothing with a penis can resist her Strayed s relentless hotness actually becomes such a prevalent theme that I began laughing out loud each time she described yet another man expressing his interest in her hot hiker self I laughed a lot, O Reader I laughed a lot.Don t worry those people she met who didn t want to stick their trekking poles into her worshiped her for other reasons Every single person she met except for some Totally Grumpy Old Camp Hosts and a couple creepy hunters who still wanted to have sex with her couldn t stop telling her how amazing and wonderful she was for hiking the PCT alone Without any knowledge of how to survive in the wilderness Everyone said things to reinforce her belief that she was a badass motherfucking ian queen Hooray The world is your oyster, cause that s all the world is How did she meet so many people hiking one of the least trammeled of the world famous trails on the continent Well, Strayed actually didn t hike all that much of the trail She started well north of the Mexican border and had to take a Greyhound around most of the High Sierras, because it was socked in that year and she was unprepared for snow hiking, as she was for most other contingencies She got rid of her ice axe after crossing one small snowfield, figuring she wouldn t need it again, y know, where the elevation got higher Jesus Christ Not that she really knew how to use an ice axe anyway Her intent was to do only the California stretch, not the entire trail, though she did extend the trip through Oregon after she found out about the impassability of the trail another thing she should have checked on before she started walking So she motored through a good 400 miles of her hike, and left the trail for various reasons at various points to hitch hike instead Thus, she ended up with a lot of non hiker people in a lot of non hiking situations, making thisa memoir of disjointed hippie travel by any means than a memoir of HIKING THE EFFING PCT, as all bookbuyers were led to believe.The parts of the book that actually DID take place on the Trail were interrupted by flashbacks to her life with her mother or the destruction of her marriage or her experimentation with heroin or the fallout from these events So much so, as soon as she began actually talking about the Trail again, I knew to brace myself for yet another forced emotional flashback to the ordinary tragedy of Strayed s typical American life Now, in spite of the choking Mary Sueism of the author s self depiction, I could forgive her utter dumbness in wandering onto the PCT unprepared if she actually learned anything about what a bad idea it is to wander into the wilderness unprepared If her unpreparedness for the PCT taught her how to be a better person,aware,focused,capable,responsible,honest about herself, GREAT Bring on the stupidity I like a good redemption tale But it didn t It didn t If it did, those passages were lost in editing, or were never written at all The book s big climax involves Strayed eating a peach in a grove of azaleas, and it s all very pretty and a deer walks into the clearing, and she realizes that view spoiler it s totally okay to be who she is And yeah, it s totally okay to be who you are if you re good with that, but she sets up her personal tragedies as a being unable to cope with loss, b intentionally destroying her relationship with a very good man, c doing potentially deadly drugs, d lacking all impulse control, and the big take away lesson from her experience on the PCT is don t ever change What The thing she learned from this experience was that it s just fine to fuck up other people s lives, because now she s A Okay with herself Come onhide spoiler But even that even that I could forgive if the writing were good I will forgive anything for gorgeous writing My favorite book of all time is Lolita, and I can forgive the existence of a fictional character like Humbert Humbert because, damn, have you ever read Lolita Strayed has, at least once, and apparently learned nothing about the value of lovely writing But the writing in Wild is, if you will forgive the pun, pedestrian at best I suppose it s serviceable enough for a general memoir of an American woman having a typical American experience of loss and confusion and coming to accept her past But for describing nature Ugh I wasn t expecting Annie Dillard hefts a Kelty from this book, but one would think that a book which alleges to focus on the great transforming power wilderness would at least give a little time or effort to, you know, wilderness Miles and miles of trail are dismissed in the tritest and most cliche of short sentences, and as far as describing action, Strayed often resorts to such apprentice work as we kissed and kissed and kissed I walked and walked and walked I cried and cried and cried I yawned and yawned and yawned I raged and raged and raged The most vivid scene of actual trail action I can recall is where she falls asleep beside a muddy tarn and wakes to the feel of frogs hopping all over her body The rest of the prose fell utterly flat, particularly in scenes involving nature What a crashing disappointment And what a rip off, since readers are buying this book expecting to read about the experience of walking the PCT And there is virtually none of that here.It s no surprise to me that this book was selected for Oprah s Book Club 2.0, no less Oprah s selections have become, over the years, increasingly vapid and serving only the rah rah, you go girl branding of the Club I remember, long ago in a distant past, when she actually chose books that had good writing and fascinating characters I should have been warned off by the fact that this book was picked, but I wanted so, so badly to read a well written memoir about the enchantment of backpacking, about the way the strife and the loneliness and the rawness of nature pull the packer into another realm of existence, where life is fragile and valuable, where the sky and the earth and the line of the trail itself live, and by turns cradle and sustain the hiker and try and reject her Instead, I got gee, my feet hurt The great American memoir of the PCT still remains to be written I m sad that it s not already here, that I don t get to read it I m elated that maybe I ll yet have the chance to accomplish what this book didn t accomplish Maybe I ll get a chance to write it I m already planning my own trip from Mexico to Canada Not solo, though That s just dumb Who knows 3.5 starsWhat kind of dimwit would decide to backpack the Pacific Crest Trail alone with zero backpacking experience Apparently the same kind of dimwit who would try heroin just because the stranger she spent the night with happens to need a fix.If you can tolerate essence of dingbat and overlook her lousy choices and even lousier excuses for those choices, this is actually an enjoyable read You have to roll your eyes a lot while working to the point where she hits the trail, but after that it 3.5 starsWhat kind of dimwit would decide to backpack the Pacific Crest Trail alone with zero backpacking experience Apparently the same kind of dimwit who would try heroin just because the stranger she spent the night with happens to need a fix.If you can tolerate essence of dingbat and overlook her lousy choices and even lousier excuses for those choices, this is actually an enjoyable read You have to roll your eyes a lot while working to the point where she hits the trail, but after that it s quite engaging I admire her tenacity in finishing what she started, given her cluelessness about backpacking that led to serious mistakes and potentially dangerous miscalculations If you ve never backpacked before, use this as a cautionary tale rather than an excuse to be a ditz Many people withbackpacking savvy than Cheryl have lost their lives through poor planning or just bad luck The thing that saves this book is that Cheryl writes well If I can say without unkindness that there s a certain charm in her idiocy, this is what makes her story worth reading And if you have any backpacking stories of your own, you ll connect with so many of the little things that define the worldwide community of backpackers I finished this book a couple of days ago, and have not been able to get it out of my mind I was happily coming to Goodreads to give my glowing review, but was pretty annoyed at a few of the recent reviews, so I wanted to address that first The bravery and honesty that flowed from those pages touched me deep into my soul, and to see her described as dimwitted and self absorbed is insulting to the author and to those of us who were moved by her story If you want to read about a well planned tr I finished this book a couple of days ago, and have not been able to get it out of my mind I was happily coming to Goodreads to give my glowing review, but was pretty annoyed at a few of the recent reviews, so I wanted to address that first The bravery and honesty that flowed from those pages touched me deep into my soul, and to see her described as dimwitted and self absorbed is insulting to the author and to those of us who were moved by her story If you want to read about a well planned trip by a prepared hiker who has no issues, go and buy a guide book about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail I m sure you ll find it very informative Wild is a beautifully descriptive story about loss, pain, nearly giving up, and pushing on I felt like I was right there next to Cheryl, my pack so heavy, my feet bleeding and sore, filthy, hungry and lonely I couldn t believe she kept going, but also would have been crushed if she hadn t I loved every moment of this book and am just blown away by the author s audacity and courage I will probably never be able to go three months in the wild, but I sure loved living vicariously through Cheryl in her Wild

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