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Book Review: “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed

the self-styled life

The at times scorching, at times freezing, frequently wet and always heavy surface of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild is enough to be engaging: a hapless, amateur hiker taking on one of America’s most scenic and formidable hikes, the Pacific Crest Trail (the PCT, in hiker vernacular). As she relates the story of her physical journey across and 1,100 mile stretch through California and Oregon, she interjects the events of her life that had shattered and dumped her at the start of her hike: the death of her beloved mother, the end of her marriage, struggles with addiction–a jagged, zig-zagging, criss-cross of trails that stand in stark contrast to the single, straight line of the PCT.

"Wild" by Cheryl Strayed

Strayed relates that though she had, before the hike, imagined herself reflecting and meditating on these struggles, she instead finds nearly all of her time consumed by the physical difficulty of hiking the PCT. Somehow indicative of this is…

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