Well, while I'm still reading this wonderful book, I just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying it. It breathes life into a time where I think we all need to stop and take stock of our lives, and to look at the direction we're heading in our relationships, our careers and the goals and ambitions we have put off for too long or not even contemplated yet. That's what this book is so good at teaching; teaching us to just stop for a moment and perhaps follow those dreams new or old, to fulfill our lives with necessary change and stuff the consequences, what is meant to be, is meant to be.
Wow! I now realise what everyone has been talking about. 'Wild' is a memoir I feel most of us can relate to at least one time within our lives; perhaps we've lost our way whether briefly and need to find some kind of inner resolve to pull us from the depths of despair.
This openly honest account takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride revealing the author's deepest and inner-most personal experiences and thoughts that will leave you humbled by the raw truth of it all.
When Cheryl Strayed felt she'd lost everything following her mother's death, a family breakdown and her failed marriage, she stumbles by chance upon a book titled The Pacific Crest Trail, Volume 1, California. At first she puts the book back only to return and purchase that very same book that would shape her life forever.
What did she have to lose? After all she was alone, separated and the idea of trekking this jagged line upon a map called the Pacific Crest Trail left her with a feeling of both promise and mystery.
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail takes a special kind of courage, especially when you're a woman and doing it alone and without any prior hiking experience. It would take eleven-hundred miles to complete, crossing ever changing terrains, sleeping out among the wilderness, crossing deserts and forests, coming face-to-face with Brown Bears and Rattle Snakes, forming bonds with fellow hikers while living in solitude and confronting demons that appear inescapable.
It's a test of will where it breaks your soul before healing it. It's about bravery and determination, about never giving in and never turning back and that's how this memoir moves, with the author trekking from the town of Mojave on the Mexican border to just beyond the Canadian border at Cascade Locks with her only companion Monster, a backpack which is larger and heavier than any hiker would like to believe.
Cheryl Strayed's journey along the PCT takes the reader on more than just a trek through the wilderness, it reveals heartbreak and regret, it confronts some of life's biggest uncertainties and challenges, it allows the reader to view things from their own perspective, to engage, to associate, to heal, to sympathise and empathise, to laugh and to cry.
I highly recommend this read to anyone and everyone in any position in life, for we all can learn a thing or two from this experience.
So now that I've finished The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, I am neither highly elated nor deflated by the experience. This must come across seemingly critical and I should however clarify I did enjoy the read, but was somewhat let down by all the ends being so neatly tied-up at the conclusion.
Don and Rosie's character's were likable and kept the story moving with Don's "eccentric" behaviors, along with the inclusion of Gene (Don's best friend), who identifies with much of real life scenario's or what most people would call experiencing a mid-life crisis.
I loved the intertwining stories of the two projects being played out concurrently; and it became obvious that this story does lend itself very much to a screenplay, and how fitting that would be, how much more enjoyable - from my perspective- that would make this story, watching each character come alive right before you, and I can see myself truly being immersed in their antics, in the humor, in the painful truth of looking for love and possibly never finding it.
The Rosie Project is definitely worth the read, and yes, I think I will have to read The Rosie Effect even if it's just for curiosity sake.
One last thing: This book did win the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for unpublished manuscript in 2012
This is a book I read some time ago; not that long ago, although probably a few years ago now. For anyone who has lost a loved one through illness; especially a father, I highly recommend this book. An unknown force drew me to buy this book after my father passed away from related health issues after sufferring dementia.
Yes, parts of the book were very close to home, but that's what I liked about it. I was able to relate very closely to Caroline's personal journey, allowing me to sit back and say, hey, I know where you are coming from. I will always hold this book close to my heart as I do the memory of my dad.
I came to say goodbye by Caroline Overington
There is a mix of emotions felt throughout along with some unexpected twists in the storyline that leave you gasping with grief and horror.
Anyone with compassion to family ethics should really read this one.