- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Grove Atlantic; Open Market Edition edition (1 January 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782390626
- ISBN-13: 978-1782390626
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found Paperback – 1 Jan 2013
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About the Author
Cheryl Strayed is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Torch, the huge New York Times-bestselling memoir Wild and the collection of essays Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Someone Who's Been There. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Allure and The Rumpus. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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She followed her instinct of going on PCT, after she saw a book on PCT.
At one time she thought living and working in NYC is the be all and end all of it…turns out it isn’t. She used to keep changing her jobs as waitress frequently and also used to write down in journals frantically.
Her story can resonate with a lot of people who feel that void inside themselves, especially when they achieve everything they set out to achieve as per society and your well-wishers. Cheryl too wanted to find herself as she too felt that emptiness inside her threatening to consume her. This trail gave her the chance to face herself so she can battle her inner emotions that used to overwhelm her .it also tells about how she willed herself to walk even though her mind kept playing tricks on her that she cant do it, that she was fool to even think of walking so many miles all alone. We have to understand that she was travelling alone for the first time so she had to teach herself how to read compass, to survive on bare minimum and basically it teaches her to enjoy her company, to enjoy solitude, to live in the moment and to finally master her mind
There were many times when she decided to stop midway and even her friends would have understood but she knew this is something she has to do whether she likes it or not. While on the trail she meets lots of fellow travellers who really admire her for her courage to go on PCT ALL BY HERSELF. There was this HR manager (a lady) who told her to mention this on her resume as it will give her an edge over others. Cheryl continued to walk on PCT with a wrong shoe size for most of the journey.in this lonely journey reading was her only solace ,so after a long day she will treat herself with reading time. She always wanted to write that “great American Novel” as she was a literature student. Her memoir became the new york best seller….just goes to show you become what you think about and whatever is your dominant thought.
Cheryl always used to keep writing in her Journals on a regular basis that’s why she could articulate her thoughts and feeling so vividly that you get the feeling of going on this PCT trail yourself.
There was so much that was going against her like she never hiked much in life and the fact that she will be all alone in the woods day and night and anything could’ve happened to her and no one would’ve know about it, but she willed herself to keep walking ,even though she was scared ,even though it was so dark at night that she couldn’t see beyond her hand at night and by the end of the trail she conquered her mind by going past her fears that her mind was projecting.
When we achieve whatever it is we set out to achieve we all hit that plateau, some will bury that feeling with alcohol ,drugs, sex, watching mindless tv and some will make peace with that feeling as mid life/quarter life crisis..while the brave ones like Cheryl decide to get to the bottom of this emptiness feeling so she can be whole again. Not Everyone can go on PCT trail but everyone can spend some time alone everyday to figure out where they are going. When you enjoy your own company and revel in your solitude all your relationship’s will be taken care of as you finally got the relationship WITH YOU right!
READ IT ! YOU MIGHT DISCOVER YOURSELF ……
PS:thanks to amazon i received my copy ahead of time.keep up the good work guys....
She completed her trekking. She was able to forgive herself for what she had made her life into. She was ready to live her life as a new beginning.
If you are seeking technical knowledge on hiking and details about trekking the Pacific Crest Trail, then this book is not for you. This book is just the author memoir, of her miss-adventures on the huge wilderness of PCT, about her gathering her scattered self and give a meaning to her life. Though one can find few geographical knowledge of few places on the way and near to the PCT.
Disappointed with the quality of the book. Not going to be fun to read with extra small font and less than ideal paper quality. A great book needs great quality. Going to return it.
Its a true story of Cheryl Strayed who goes out on a solo hike Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for over 1100 miles. This trip was more of an escape route for Cheryl from the grief after her mother's death, to whom she was very close. She was inexperienced for a hike of that extent. But by the end of it she rediscovers herself.
The story telling style of Cheryl makes it an absolute pleasure to read. I would say it a must read for all women.
Amazon's service, as always, is great.
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