“You may not always like Cheryl Strayed while you're reading this book. You may not agree with her behavior, her morals or her choices. If you are unable to separate her behavior, morals and choices from her story, then this is not the book for you. For all the rest of you, I definitely recommend this book.
When Cheryl Strayed was in her early 20s, her beloved mother died of cancer. Cheryl's family and marriage fractured in the wake of her grief and she was lost, broken and alone. She made an impetuous (and stupid) decision to hike the West Coast's Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State. Why was it a stupid decision? She had never backpacked before--not even one night--and here she was going to be backpacking for 1100 or so miles. She had never used any of the equipment she'd bought at REI before her hike. She had never put it all together in her backpack (aka "Monster") to see if she could carry it until the night before her hike began. She had not even broken in her hiking boots. Any experienced backpacker would have thought her insane.
And yet...she did it. She lost more than half of her toenails and endured incredible pain from the weight of her backpack and her ill-fitting boots. But she persevered. And, as one might expect, it had a profound effect on her. It gave her the time she needed to think and cope with what had happened to her life.
Wild is part travelogue, part personal growth essay, part adventure yarn and all well written. Like her or not, you can't help but be damned impressed by her journey. ”
This sounds intriguing. Thanks for the review!