Wild

by Antonia on July 30, 2012

I’m back!!!! And so is my laptop. I don’t know what exactly was wrong with it but I walked out of the store this afternoon with an empty laptop (internal HD content had to be deleted :( ). The good thing is, I did not have to pay a cent. Anyhow since I have yet to go through the millions of pictures I took whilst my laptop was on vacation I thought I quickly write a book review about a book I VERY much enjoyed!!!

I first heard about Wild through Jenna’s blog and since it came highly recommended by her I knew I would probably like it too and downloaded it onto my Kindle straight away. The following day it was then voted to be the August read for the PBF Bookclub which I was delighted about since I can read Julie’s + many other reviews later this week.

When I start reading a book it usually takes me a couple of chapters to really find myself within the story and I typically don’t read a book for longer than 45 minutes at once…however it was very different with Wild. As soon as I started reading the first couple of pages I was captivated and did not want to put the book down. I read when I’m on the train on my way to and back from work (a little over an hour in total) and I literally didn’t want the train journey to end (which also doesn’t happen that often).

For anyone who does not know what the plot is about, here is the Amazon book description to give you a short overview:

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

At 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 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 faces 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.

It may be a knowledge gap but I honestly had never really heard about the PCT before reading the book and when it was first mentioned I googled it and was immediately impressed by what Cheryl Strayed had accomplished. Hiking for months on end is pretty much unimaginable. From the pics I’ve seen from the trail it looks good on paper but I could also understand and feel the author’s pain when she described her bleeding toes and blisters on her feet.

I do not want to give away too much of the story, but please don’t think that this is just a 330 page memoir that describes a woman’s journey as she’s hiking along a trail. The book is filled with beautiful and richly-detailed stories of her childhood, her mother and her first marriage along with details of friendships, relationships and a drug addiction…

Without doubt, Cheryl’s wonderful writing and thoughtful words create a page turner that you won’t want to put down. Here’s a short video in which Cheryl talks about her adventure:

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Have you read Wild? How did you like it? What did you like most?

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Doris @ vanillacocoberry July 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Oh dear God, I dont know what I would do if my harddrive was deleted .. I think I have to put all my files on my external harddrive RIGHT NOW .
I am scared ^^

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Ulli July 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm

happy to hear from you!!! the book sounds great, exactly like something i would love to read!! thanks for the tipp!!

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