memoir

Book snippet: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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Book blurb:

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER, SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.
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. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more 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 alone.
Told 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.

3 stars

*Book snippets are small reviews only, designed to showcase books of interest that I have read.

I bought Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed when the film (which I am yet to see) starring a favourite actress of mine, Reese Witherspoon was released. After recently enjoying a fiction novel based on a spiritual pilgrimage, I felt like reading about a true to life spiritual journey. Wild by Cheryl Strayed seemed to fit this category perfectly. Wild chronicles twenty six year old Cheryl Strayed’s incredible solo hike across the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995. Wild also provides Strayed with an opportunity to explore her colourful past, weaving in memories of her abusive father, destructive drug use, marriage breakdown and the impact of her mother’s death from cancer. Throughout the journey, Strayed provides an insightful reflection on her past and present situation as she interacts with the natural elements as well as fellow hikers. Wild is as much a spiritual personal journey as a physical one. One for fans of life literature, Wild is an uplifting memoir that reads easy.

 

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