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Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,365 ratings  ·  229 reviews
From National Geographic's Explorer of the Year, 2014, Wild By Nature is the extraordinary story of Sarah Marquis' solo 10,000-mile hike from Siberia to Australia.

Relying on hunting and her own wits, Sarah Marquis made it across the Gobi Desert and through fever-haunted jungles, surviving mafia, drug dealers, thieves on horseback who harassed her tent every night for weeks
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published February 24th 2016 by Allen & Unwin (first published May 15th 2014)
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Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure-true
I Missed My Calling

OMG. I can’t wait to finish this book before I write a review on it.. I just want you all to know this: if you love true adventure, this is the book to read.

I want this courageous woman’s life as a National Geographic Explorer. I want her courage as well. But before this book ends I might find that she was stupid to walk all these miles alone.

She is walking 8,000 miles or so, and right now she is goingg through Mongolia. At this moment, she has just dealt with two men on hors
Apr 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I really wanted to like this book. I definitely respect the effort that went into her journey. However, the writing was horrendous, there was zero structure to the narrative, and I struggled with the author's flagrant xenophobia and racism. You would think a world traveler would have more cultural sensitivity. Somehow I finished this book, but I would not recommend it.
☼Book her,   Danno☼
Let me start by saying that I'm a self confessed armchair adventurer. With the likes of Ed Viesturs I've gone up K2. With George Grinnell I've witnessed travesty unfold on the barrens of Canada, and with Tabor I've descended amazingly deep within the bowels of the earth.

I've also walked with woman hikers. Jennifer Pharr Davis in CALLED AGAIN and Patricia Herr in PEAK BAGGING, and Cheryl Strayed's WILD, just to name a few.

And I mention all these titles for two reasons. One to let you know what l
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think any review of this book needs to start with acknowledging and celebrating that Sarah Marquis is an absolutely phenomenal woman; a force of nature herself. She has an iron will and no fear. Situations that would be difficult under normal circumstances--such as having an abscessed tooth or dengue fever--and lay your average white collar worker out for a week, she handles while camping in the jungle alone. The second she recovers, she's up walking again. She seeks out the harshest environme ...more
Well, it's pretty clear that Sarah doesn't like people. She avoids them. She skirts around them. She sneaks away from them. She hides from them. She really doesn't seem to like people.

Perhaps I don't fully understand what it is like to be a woman trekking on her own, taking on the monstrous goal of walking through Mongolia, Siberia, China, Laos, Thailand, and Australia. She obviously needs to take precautions. I can't help but wonder if opening herself up to relationships and interactions would
Jul 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are few times when I have uttered the phrase, "I wish the author used a ghost writer." And yet, here we are. Sarah's got a tremendous adventure and her story is remarkable. Her writing is, simply put, horrendous. I was shocked by the final acknowledgements that she actually had an editor. For 3/4 of the book I was lost in her journey because there's no foundation to her narrative. She jumps from topic to topic and doesn't explain where she's actually going. The maps at the beginning of eac ...more
James Easterson
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! An amazing woman that takes on travel adventures that would kill any of the rest of us before we even got a hundred miles into it. Inspiring is the peace, beauty, and unity she finds in those things that most of us would flee from in nature. Not surprisingly, it is encounters with humans that present the most terrifying threats to her safety, not the animals or the harsh environments. What a gutsy, tough person she is! Yet, what an in-tune soul. As one Aborigine said to her, "I think the wo ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Long winded and racist. Didn’t finish it. Sorry.
I couldn't finish this book. It is poorly-written and an unstructured narrative about a priviledged woman who has no respect for other cultures. Life is too short to read this drivel.
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Mar 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am elderly now but when I was young, before nylon windbreakers, fleece jackets and gore tex revamped backpacking, I was an adventurer. Now I live by reading the books of younger voyagers. I try to remain open minded but that didn't help with this book.

The first off putting statement I encountered was that Sarah was said to be disguised as a man on her adventures to protect herself. Ok....but when I got to the center of the book I found no beautiful pictures of the scenery but dozens and dozen
Wild by Nature is the account of the 10,000 mile hike that Sarah Marquis made across Mongolia, China, Siberia, Laos, Thailand before a journey on a cargo ship and then a further walk across the Australian Outback. Whilst she had backup and sponsors, Sarah undertook this walk solo. Not only is this a huge physical achievement, she had to stay sharp whilst facing thieves, drug dealers, tropical diseases, lethal wildlife, life threatening illnesses and natives who were not always best pleased to se ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Sarah Marquis's "Wild by Nature: One Woman, One Trek, One Thousand Nights". I would love to go on an adventure like this. Unfortunately, I am too neurotic for such a trip. I don't know how I would have reacted in many of the situations the author found herself in, such as when the horsemen kept 'visiting/stalking' her encampment at night. The author kept her composure much better than I would have! Ms. Marquis also crossed several arid regions and that's a big no-no for me. Heat ...more
I think this woman is amazing and am awe-struck at her fortitude and determination. Her strength is incredible. My review isn't of her it's of the book. It lacked depth and was scattered. I read another review which likened this book to an outline and I feel the same. Marquis did and saw some really amazing things during her journey but I don't feel like I got to live them with her. There wasn't enough detail and I felt like there were many instances in which I wanted to know more about the circ ...more
Peem Lorvidhaya
Jul 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly written and racist

Not only is this lady a terrible writer, she is a terrible person. Read this book only if you like reading books by racist authors who lecture you on the evils of eating meat while seriously overusing exclamation points.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't find the writing particularly good, but her journey is fascinating. Lacks the description and personalized style that makes other writers such as Cheryl Strayed so much more relatable.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is amazing.: three years and thousands of miles of walking, persevering in the face of danger that would virtually anyone (such as night raids in the desert in Mongolia), sickness, and solitude. My rating reflects the magnitude of the adventure the author describes. Unfortunately, the writing doesn't really do the story justice. First off, I definitely could have used more information on some things; for example, is the cart pushed or pulled? In some places it sounds like it is attach ...more
Heather Hart
Feb 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, but honestly, at page 145 of 255...I'm done with it. I have nothing but utmost respect for Sarah Marquis ability to endure long distances, withstand insane conditions and climates, etc. I admire adventurers and love reading about their explorations.

But, this book read as a laundry list of people who were out to sabotage Sarah. I understand that she was an outsider, and many cultures do not react as kindly to outsiders. However, Sarah writes with an air of pretentious
3.5 stars. The half star is for having balls of steel. A remarkable woman.
This woman is fearless, brave and possesses unlimited stamina! Ten stars for that.

But, I had trouble with her writing. Too many loose ends.

The book ¨Wild by Nature” by Sarah Marquis is about her three year journey from Siberia to Australia on foot. “10,000 miles on foot, 6 countries, 8 pairs of hiking boots, 3000 cups of tea, 1,000 days and nights” - Wild by Nature. This quote from Wild by Nature I thought was very interesting and it caught my attention right away. This book has a lot of action, but sometimes it was really hard for me to picture what was going on. I have mixed feeling about this book because at the beginning it was
Suzi Poulgrain
didn't finish, not great
Carol Naille
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. I am an adventurer of sorts and have been to six continents by motorcycle. I share and understand Sarah's motivation and love of adventure. Enjoyed especially her responses to the different cultures. It is the people who make the adventure. If you take politics out of the equation, it is a pretty good world.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*ARC provided by Allen & Unwin*

A new adventure has been chronicled for all readers who find enjoyment in seeing the world through a wandering explorer’s eyes.

Sarah Marquis spent three years from 2010 traversing through incredibly harsh environmental conditions, from the despairing heat of the Mongolian Gobi Desert to Siberia, Thailand and the great Australian outback.

She was recently applauded for her global treks by being named National Geographic Explorer of the Year in 2014, and has a number
Dec 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book would not like me. She would find me physically repulsive. She would sense me to be of weak intellect. She would condemn my work ethic and my myopic eyesight. She would fault me for my relationship with Mother Earth. She wouldn't trust me. She would suspect me of ill motives, maladaptive behaviors, abusive relationships, and loath my general ignorance.

I say this only because that's what she thinks of everyone she ever met with two exceptions. 1. People that give her free
Juliette Smith
Mar 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Carter Skye
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely a cool book to read. I had read an article about Sarah a month or so ago and when I saw that I could enter a giveaway for her book I was really excited. When I found out I had won I couldn't wait until I got the book so that I could read it.
Overall I was really entertained while reading this book and I thought it was really interesting. However, there were parts when I definitely feel like we needed backstory as to why things were happening the way they were or something woul
Sarah Marquis is definitely one incredible woman. She walked across the Gobi desert, through the jungle in Asia and then across the outback in Australia. I was very interested in reading about her various methods and ways of surviving through her adventures but the book was a little choppy for me. The story just seemed very disjointed, almost like it was a bunch of thoughts all thrown down and so it did not flow very well. It read more like a to do type manual and seemed to lack any emotional co ...more
Cindy Grossi
I heard an in-depth interview on NPR with the author this past weekend while driving home from New Orleans. I was thrilled to find our library system had the book; I couldn't wait to read it. Listening to the author was so captivating, as she went into detail about this journey.
I can't tell you how disappointed I was in reading the book. It felt disjointed and sketchy. I kept feeling like I missed a page when I turned. I had so many questions - to what are you referring? How did that come about?
Jul 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like to give thanks to my tax dollars for the support of public libraries that allowed me to borrow said book in exchange for an honest review, for which I returned well within the 3 week loan period.

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Sarah Marquis (born June 20, 1972) is a Swiss adventurer and explorer. From 2010 to 2013, she walked 20,000 kilometres (12,000 mi) alone from Siberia to the Gobi Desert, into China, Laos, Thailand, and then across Australia. In 2011, she gave a TED talk and in 2014 she was named one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year.

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