“My favorite quote: “It was my life- like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred.”
I was just amazed that this was a true story. When I think times are tough, I just think of Cheryl and I know I can do hard things. I know think of hiking in a totally different way-especially of The Pacific Crest Trail.This book isn't always lighthearted but it is her life story... but it is her life story and she overcame some huge odds.I was really touched how the journey was in tribute to her grief of losing her mother. I was really touched in the pages she wrote about having to put down her beloved horse.
I was always think of heavy backpacks, blistered feet and the importance of a book in The Wild.”
“This is an autobiographic memoir of Cheryl Strayed who after her mother's death and dissolving of her marriage went on a 3 month 1100 mile journey. She hiked alone on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert, CA to Bridge of the Gods on the OR and WA border. Cheryl conquered her fears just by doing what had to be done next day after day. She came to know herself.”Barb V wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A real-life journey into the wilderness on a quest...to find relief from pain, to find the strength to carry on, to find some of what's been lost.
Cheryl Strayed's writing really pulled me in and carried me along; her fierce, raw emotions touch me still. ”
“Fantastic descriptions of the joys and sorrows of long term backpacking. Cheryl is dealing with grief after her mother's death, and has recently divorced her husband, but now decides that it will be healing to hike. It is healing, but it's also hard in ways that she never imagined. Funny and sad, a great read!”Barbara S wrote this review Tuesday, April 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a page turner. I really enjoyed Strayed's book about her hike on the PCT. There were twists and turns that kept me intrigued, revelations as she "found" herself and a real honest portrayal of her search for answers in her life. I highly recommend this book on many levels.”nancymenn wrote this review Monday, April 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First book on my e-reader!”Dorothy McEachern wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good”Maureen Z wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really enjoyed this memoir. Fighting through an impossibly difficult life by accomplishing something physically and emotionally challenging. She's pretty amazing. Recommended for grown-ups.”Brad Van Epps wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hiking is the backdrop for this story about healing and setting yourself back to rights after a great upheaval. In the author's case, it's the loss of her mother and subsequent unraveling of her family.
It's unclear whether it's the physical exertions, the solitude, or the colorful assortment of characters she meets along the way that helps her the most. She intimates that there is something mystical and curative about taking a long walk in the wild by yourself, and it may be true; I was reminded of a book I read a long time ago, about an Aborigine on "walkabout", a rite of passage. It makes me long to go on a journey myself one day.
“A very interesting story of heartbreak and courage along with very impressive determination. The story takes place in minn. and all along the Pacific Crest Trail in California and Oregon. I enjoyed this very much. Some days I had difficulty putting the book down.”JD wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No