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Book review: Wild – Cheryl Strayed ****

“Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.”

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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.

‘Wild’ was our new book-club-book and I couldn’t be happier with this one. I’d been dying to read it ever since I heard about it. It’s been so long that I can’t even remember where I first heard about it.

‘Wild’ is a non-fiction account of part of Cheryl Strayed’s life. After her mother died, she lost herself. She slept around, did drugs and ended her marriage. At one point, she realised that she couldn’t go on living her life this way and the solution presented itself in the form of a handbook to walk the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail).

Walking the PCT gave her the chance to her rediscover herself.

I really enjoyed the, sometimes brutal, honesty. Both the honesty about her feelings and the honesty about her journey. The pain, thirst, hunger, exasperation but also the joy, happiness and satisfaction.

Of course, you can never be sure if EVERYTHING is true but I believe her, I WANT to believe her. I absolutely loved to hear her talk about the nature. Being outside, in a forest or by the seaside, is something I can never get enough of.
I also liked the side-characters.. a lot. Knowing that they are all real people just added so much to this story. It was a wonderful experience, reading this.

There were several moments while I was reading, where I closed the book and went to find my husband to tell him what had happened. There was even a point where we started planning our own multi-day-hike. This book is an inspiration and maybe, just maybe, the idea will grow until one day, we’ll set out ourselves, hiking into the wild.

Love

Ellen

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