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Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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Apr 29, 2012

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More like 3.5 stars. A good read and I went through it quickly. As someone who also floundered through my 20's without the benefit of parents, I totally identified with the at the time 26 year old author's voice. I also went through some fairly morally ambiguous, epic, and foolish adventures at that age, although none quite so physically grueling as the PCT sounds, thankfully. My identification with the author made it difficult for me to read the book with any objectivity. I simultaneously felt for her and understood her arrogance, focus on sex, and feelings of abandonment and isolation, but was also pissed off at her for not being less self-absorbed and immature. In the end, I was most let down that there wasn't an epilogue in which the author could summarize more of what the experience meant for her nearly 20 years later, and how she has changed since then. Nonetheless, it was entertaining and at times moving. I agree with other reviewers who feel that it is often placed in the wrong category- not a wilderness adventure story, totally a memoir, centered around a particular experience. Not a comprehensive description of what it was like to actually hike the PCT so much as an exploration of the personality and interior life of the author in her youth, with the PCT as the backdrop.
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Julie I agree that I would have like to see something at the end that show how changed she was. If she learned from her experiences that's a good thing. The way the story was told I got no sense of that.

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