Book Review - Wild
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
I am part of a wonderful Book Club, that meets up once a month. Yes, we actually read books (there is sometimes wine involved at our meet up)
Decembers read was Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. This book was selected by me as it came highly recommended by a few fellow book worms.
This book received with mixed reviews from the Book Club. Some loved it others not so much.
Premise of the book:
In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered, and she soon destroyed her own marriage. With nothing to lose, she made the impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State which is over 1,100 miles. Cheryl hikes this trail alone with no experience and completely unprepared.
Wild is the Cheryl’s own journey. By being alone she was able to deal with her daemons and heal herself. Against all odds she perseveres and finds her inner strength.
Wild was created into a Film which started Reese Witherspoon.
This book resonated with me. I lost my mother a few years ago and have been on a little journey of self-discovery.
I enjoyed that throughout the book that they reference some fabulous Literature. I have started to look up the books mentioned in the book.
The flippant way she mentions her affair(s) and use of drugs was rather unsettling. I also thought that the writing style did fit with someone who had a literature degree. I honestly thought there would be a big ah-hah moment but there wasn’t one, this kind of annoyed me, however this was probably on purpose.
Some ladies felt they couldn’t feel sorry for Cheryl as she was the architect of her own demise. I on the other hand understand that when people are in pain, they do stupid stuff.
This book does have an audience and can help with some introspection.
Available from all good bookstores and online.