THE OFFICIAL BLURB:
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 humour, 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.
I’m still not a ‘movie’ over ‘book’ person. In my experience, the movie will always lack detail in comparison and the images I have created for myself change, sometimes even completely spoiled. Isn’t that the best part of a book? I love asking people how they imagine a certain character or place to be in real life and then compare their interpretation to my own. Books are an escape, like a dream you can revisit. Official Time Out.
BUT in this instance, I really do think the movie is going to be better. Mostly because I love Reese Witherspoon.
I’ll admit, I cheated. I actually ‘read’ this book while road tripping on holidays – Thank you Borrow Box App by Bolinda Digital. So, perhaps the voice of the narrator was off-putting but then I really enjoyed listening together with Mr Glimpses and laughing at the stupidity and lack of forethought involved in her plan or talking about little details or side tracks to the storyline.
I was however, largely disappointed. I had heard Cheryl Strayed interviewed on ABC Radio and was compelled to download the book based on what I heard. Richard Fiedler is clearly very very good at his job.
In saying all that, Cheryl clearly had a story to tell. She really did stray from her original path in life and she aches with the loss of her mother. I ‘get’ that. I also understand that either Trekking the PCT or writing a book about it may very well be her unique way of cleansing her soul, forgiving her past and accepting herself. That is brave. That is commendable. That is worth it.
“How wild it was, to let it be.” – Cheryl Strayed, WILD