It's true. I read the entire Lonely Planet China guide. It was kind of a fun thing to do over several months living in China; I learned a lot about prIt's true. I read the entire Lonely Planet China guide. It was kind of a fun thing to do over several months living in China; I learned a lot about provinces and towns and mountains and waterfalls and temples that I don't have enough 3-day weekends to visit! Lonely Planet also includes a certain sensibility that I love, and the history, tidbits, literary & cinematic recommendations, etc. are worth reading even when aren't about to go to a place. Where I think this particular LP suffers is in its maps. SOooooo many of the smaller towns discussed don't even warrant a map, others take up a whole page and have a half-page legend of which half is not-really-that-essential info/consulate type listings. The Guangzhou map is split into two, leaving out the swath of city in between that just happens to include where I live, so maybe I'm biased, but I really think this book's maps could use some work. Other than that, good times. By the way, China is big. In case you didn't know! ...more
I think my new motto might be: "Don't be an asshole. Read The Grapes of Wrath."
Oh, and by the way? In addition to being a really enjoyable read that iI think my new motto might be: "Don't be an asshole. Read The Grapes of Wrath."
Oh, and by the way? In addition to being a really enjoyable read that inspires both anger and heartwarming thoughts, and being a classic, and all of that? Steinbeck gets like 87 million extra points for mentioning Joseph City, my young childhood hometown. No one ever mentions Joseph City in anything ever. I may be one of about 10,000 people total who have ever been there. Like, ever. And it's mentioned in one of the greatest, most famous books the U.S.A. has ever produced? Who knew?!! Of course, I'm sure most readers blew right by it, just as they do on the interstate in real life ...
I thought I was going to give this book three stars, but then the misuse of "literally" started...
Let's just say that as much as I would love for it tI thought I was going to give this book three stars, but then the misuse of "literally" started...
Let's just say that as much as I would love for it to, Wild does nothing to make me feel any more positively toward memoirs. A bunch of this book was interesting to read, and I really relate to Cheryl generationally/musically/1900s-y/wanting-to-do-something-y, but we differ in a lot of ways too, mostly that all the bad decisions I've made in life are a lot different from her horrible decisions (heroin, cheating, sleeping with loads of random guys...)
And I'm glad, I must admit, to find other commenters out there on the ol' internet pointing out the very central, very basic flaw of this book (or, one of them): that she has constructed this entire narrative around how she fell apart and ruined her life and the lives of a few others around her after her mom died. It totally sucks that her mom got cancer and died. That is the true-true. But her reaction is so...I don't know...so weirdly self-centered in its self-pitying, as if she's got this unique problem: "Look what HAPPENED to me! My mother died! I had to cheat on my husband and lie to him and destroy my marriage and fall apart and shoot heroin! Did I mention my mom died?" And beyond even "happened to me" she actually used phrases like "the things that were done to me." Done to you? Girlfriend, shit happens. It's called life. Life is suffering and stuff. This whole thing kept rattling around in my head throughout the book, because this is how she constructed it. And I think it's kind of fucked-up.
Like many memoirs!
And now that I've discovered some awesome and hilarious Wild-hating, Cheryl-bashing bloggage out there I'm enjoying it more than the actual book.
So, you know. An OK breezy read, glad I got it from the library instead of buying it, definitely intrigued to be reading about how she may have misled about how much hiking she did, and basically you can go either way on whether you read this or not and I think you won't be missing much. ...more
Mais, c'est incroyable! 1. Je l'ai fini. C'est la premiere chose que je ne peux pas croire. Mais aussi 2. que au fin de la derniere page j'ai trouve cMais, c'est incroyable! 1. Je l'ai fini. C'est la premiere chose que je ne peux pas croire. Mais aussi 2. que au fin de la derniere page j'ai trouve ces quatre mots terribles: "Fin du premier volume" Noooooooooon! Deux ans de ma vie, un grand effort, au moins trois ordinateurs, et puis ca? Ca??? Ce n'est pas possible! Oui, je l'aime. Et c'est seulement parce que je le lis comme je lis Twitter (une ou deux fois chaque mois, dix our vingt minutes...) que le projet a dure deux ans (au lieu de douze ans, peut-etre) mais vraiment???? Une deuxieme volume? Ou? Je ne le trouve dans aucune site ou je trouve ce volume...ahhh, je meur de ce livre. C'est une blague, non?
Mais j'ai appris beaucoup de choses sur: voyages des annees 1800s, Ethiopie, les sultans, la France, les capitains anglais dans les colonies, les musulmans, les villes d'Ethiopie et (au jourd'hui) Eritrea.. je l'aime...mais je ne peux absolument pas croire qu'il y en a plus.
I REALLY want to deduct for glaring errors and make this 3.5 or maybe even 3: it was The Bob Newhart Show, not Newhart, that aired in the 1970s, and "I REALLY want to deduct for glaring errors and make this 3.5 or maybe even 3: it was The Bob Newhart Show, not Newhart, that aired in the 1970s, and "apparent" is spelled, well, like that. Not like this: apparant. How does a book get published with those errors? There were a handful of other 70s/80s details that were just a hair off, too. However, I actually really enjoyed the experience of reading the book. And I liked the sardonic musings and misery and observations quite a lot. Luckily, I didn't believe anyone who said this would be like Franzen/The Corrections, because I know better than to believe people who make stupid comparisons, but it's not the worst "Hey, if you like __ then try __" recommendation. Besides, I really do have to like a book that includes Clark St. (in Chicago), the Grand Canyon, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, AND Indigo Girls, now don't I? Not to mention all the alienated, aimless, fucked-uppery of the characters? Story of my life, much?! ...more
I bumped this up a star from when I read it a decade ago. What can I say, the story had me captivated, even if the psychology vis-a-vis Tahiti/women/EI bumped this up a star from when I read it a decade ago. What can I say, the story had me captivated, even if the psychology vis-a-vis Tahiti/women/Englishmen/family is a little weird. At least there's a recognition that the English navy etc. was kind of ravaging the islands and people! How progressive, no?...more