Sunday, November 30, 2014

Part One of a review of "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," Introduction

A review of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed

Part One: Introduction



"Sometimes I'm asked how I deal with the haters. I don't deal with them. I pity them. I don't expect everyone to love my books. In fact, I frankly expect the opposite. (In the history of books, there isn't one everyone loves.) But I must say I marvel at the ugliness it takes to gather one's forces in the direction of what one loathes rather than loves-- to go out of one's way to say to a writer: YOU SUCK. So I send out a little silent non-God-connected prayer to the jackass who felt the need to share his or her jackassed-ness with me. And then, without comment, I zap them forever from this page."

--Cheryl Strayed's Facebook post, October 23, 2013


Before we get to the review of her awful book, allow me to translate her little gem of a Facebook post.

"I'm a 40-something-year-old white lady who uses the word 'haters' because even though I'm a privileged, self-absorbed, upper-class douchebag who is making a crap-ton of money off of my totally falsified memoir, I want to seem hip and edgy. What do I do when somebody has the gall to not love something I've written? I get rid of them immediately because reality is hard and I want no part of that. Instead, I assume that the person who did not love my memoir is probably dumb or mentally handicapped in some way and is worthy of pity because I am awesome and anyone who doesn't love me or anything I've written obviously has something wrong with them. I will now completely contradict myself with some false modesty and say that I don't expect *ANYONE* to like my book, and I will justify this by saying that no book in the history of books is universally loved because I want to put myself on the same level as great writers. Also, it really, really, really bothers me when somebody doesn't like my book even though I just tried to tell you otherwise. I hate it SO MUCH. I don't understand why anybody would spend time expressing their disapproval of anything, because being happy and positive about everything is so much better than expressing an opinion someone else won't like, especially when that person is me.  Since I want to garner approval from the widest audience possible, I will say something that makes no sense whatsoever, like, 'I send out a little silent non-God-connected prayer to the jackass' who didn't like my book, which I assume will appeal to both religious people (see how I capitalized 'God') and non-religious people (see how I said 'non-God-connected prayer').  Please don't notice how I called every critic of my book a jackass, or how I don't elaborate on what exactly this 'prayer' entails.  But whatever, if you don't tell me how awesome I am-- if you actually have an opinion that differs from what I believe about myself-- I will delete you and your comments from my page because I don't want any of my clueless fans to see an opinion from someone who actually knows what he/she is talking about in regards to hiking the PCT.  I can't have anyone openly pointing out my obvious lies, so I will immediately delete whatever reality they tried to introduce on my page."


Meet Cheryl Strayed.



"Strayed," incidentally, is the last name Cheryl chose for herself upon the finalization of her divorce.  She chose this name because she was a lying, cheating whore who had sex with multiple men while still married to her seemingly perfect husband, and she thought it would be incredibly clever to give herself the last name "Strayed" because...wait for it...she STRAYED in her marriage.

If you don't hate her a little bit already, you should probably refrain from reading all future posts on this book review and go waste your money on her bullshit memoir.  You'll just love it. 

And Cheryl, if you're reading this, good luck "zapping" it out of existence.



 

42 comments:

  1. Hey fellow jackass! I just finished reading "Wild," and discovering your blog has made the whole ordeal worthwhile.

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    1. Love it. Just love it. See below. :)

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    2. Agreed!
      Cherl was /is a promisculios/cheating bitch,..who is now a millionaiare.

      I hate Reese Witherspoon, for making her such,..as we now know, Reese must be similar, or condon such a being!

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  2. HELLOOOOOOO!!!!!! I'm so excited to see a new face; most of the feedback I've been getting is from my good ol' friends on Facebook, and while I do enjoy knowing that my friends are enjoying this, I am so incredibly pleased to see that someone outside my circle hates this book as much as I do. Thank you so much for visiting the blog I created specifically to rip apart this piece of garbage. Welcome, and thank you!

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  3. I am so glad you are writing this blog. Rest assured- the message is out there and more people are beginning to question Strayed's account of her PCT hike. I have section hiked the PCT, but more importantly, I know several people who hiked the same year as Mrs. Strayed who have raised serious questions about the authenticity of her hike. To start, the media continues to misrepresent her hike as if it was a complete thru hike. The media and Strayed depend on the ignorance of the general public that can't process that a thousand miles is too short to be a true, PCT thru hike. I've read interviews where Cheryl swears that she doesn't like about that fact- but, she certainly doesn't go out of her way to correct those who refer to her hike as a thru hike. 1000 miles is an accomplishment, absolutely! But, it isn't the same as a PCT hiker who completed the trail. I've also heard from numerous trail angels who point out that several logs went unsigned by Mrs. Strayed and have pointed out that she rubber tramped a few miles here and there.

    The bottom line, for me, is that a work if fiction should be labeled as such. Strayed sold and publicized Wild as non-fiction and is now profiting from a movie that will, no doubt, embolden hundreds of incapable hikers onto the trail resulting in more vandalism, injuries, ecological impact, and/or deaths. All based on a highly fictionalized trail diary.

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  4. I am one she deleted and I hate to be the spoiler but every thing she has written has started with the death of her mother like that is where her life started

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    1. Why did she delete you? What were your comments?( never visited her FB page )

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  5. Oh my effin-G!

    I am SO glad I found someone else who wasnt bamboozled by Cheryl Shady's Big Book of Make-Believe! I have a whole list of things from her book that dont make the first bit of sense, many of which you already caught.

    BTW, I have a sense of kinship already since I am an Ohioan who has relocated to Los Angeles.

    Three cheers for those who refuse to worship at Strayed Scat-Cairn!

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  6. I knew we would find each other. I knew I wasn't the only person that thought this story was made up. Frankly, A Million Little Pieces was more believable. What a bitch.

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  7. Cheryl apparently doesn't understand what "without comment" means.

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    1. BAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA I was *just* thinking that!

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  8. Thanks for getting back to the review! As an honest backpacker who respects the wilderness, I feel as though Cheryl has committed a sacrilege of the PCT, with her soap opera filled with promiscuity and drug addiction. I'll miss your reviews once the movie review is done. Maybe you can occasionally review one of her interview just for fun.

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    1. Talking Snake, if this is your first visit to the blog-- and if you already hate Strayed-- welcome, sit back and enjoy the rest.

      So glad you're here.

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  10. Stuck reading this book for a class and I now I have to write a damn essay about it. All class is discussions about how "inspiring" Strayed is. Bullshit. So glad I found your blog...makes the whole experience tolerable.

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    1. Alana, no matter what you write in your essay, promise me that you will end it with a link to this blog. If you do-- and if you send me photographic proof, I will reward you with an awesome t-shirt.

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    2. Alana, you were assigned this book in a CLASS? For what? Punishment? Please tell me this is a class in a halfway house for troubled youth. Did you stab a teacher? Rob your grandmother for crack money? Run an illegal gambling ring out of the High School girl's bathroom?
      Or is the title of the class "How to BS your way through life?" I'm so confused...and depressed.

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    3. @Califohioan I appreciate the offer. I'll see if I can work it in, if all else fails I'll post a link on my classes discussion board.

      @Mercer Creed My teacher is less then great. Its a community college freshman comp class. Maybe I'll start that gambling ring though...its gotta be better then reading this piece of shit book.

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  11. No travelogue is completely accurate, because the author is trying to tell a story of their experience. A scientific report of the trip would be unreadable. The subtitle of Wild makes it pretty clear that the book is about her experience, not about the trail, for which there are many good reference books. Who cares what the total number of miles were? Who cares if she actually got 11 rides instead of 9? Seriously, if you are telling me a story, please omit some details and cut to the chase, okay? It's not like she's Robert Peary trying to prove she reached the North Pole first. Her book, Wild, is every bit as accurate as anything by Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air) or Bill Bryson (A Walk in the Woods).

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    1. If that was your takeaway from this blog, it is no wonder you sing the praises of Cheryl "memory is a tricky thing, hee-hee" Strayed.

      If you read through this blog, you'll find most of us concede she hiked some part of the trail. It's her "experiences" that are completely incredulous. "Oh I was down for shootin up the chiba totes for sure and decided to quit cold turkey cuz I'm strong and stuff. Did I mention my abortion and near-rape?"

      Wild is garbage; the new-millenial Bible for weak minds desperate to self-justify whatever dumb-ass decisions they've made instead of learning from them.

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    2. I do red carpet coverage for a major Hollywood trade publication. It is the truth to say I have met Reese Witherspoon. Is it a big of an exaggeration to say we shared a cocktail together. We were on other ends of a party. It is a bald faced lie for me to say RW are close dear friends who text each other all thorugh the night.

      CS lied lied lied about so many things. she went far beyond a simple 'misremberance" to "pure fabrication" you cannot do that by accident.

      Truth matters.

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  12. I'm sure you'll delete this, but do you have proof she's lying? Your really bitter posts sound like she must have screwed your man. Sure, some of the stuff in the book sounds embellished but for the sake of making a novel interesting most authors do that. So again, what is your basis for thinking the book is BS besides your obvious dislike of the author. Thanks.

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    1. 1. I strongly doubt your comment will be deleted. The author isnt like Cheryl Strayed who silences any and all criticism against her.

      2. Read the blog for the proof.

      3. "Screwed your man" - wow, you really DIDNT read any of this blog did you? LOL! I've noticed over time that fans of "Wild" don't seem to have acquired basic reading comprehension skills.

      4. Embellished? It's outright fiction.

      5. "Basis for thinking the book is BS"....the whole point of the blog is to answer that question. Just read it.

      6. Notice the sudden increase in hikers getting lost, hurt, or otherwise in trouble/distress? You can thank Ms. Strayed for that.

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    2. DEbeachgirl,

      First and foremost- please know that I am not being a snarky douchebag when I say this-- I'm genuinely sorry to hear about your battle with cancer (yes, I viewed your profile) and I hope you're doing well. Keep fighting, love. You can beat this.

      Now, let's get to the topic at hand.

      I will not delete your post; I don't do that. Any comments on here that have been removed have (inexplicably) been removed by the *authors of the comments*. I allow for disagreement and discussion. Know, however, that fans of this blog will likely have at you and, if you come off as rude, ignorant or downright disrespectful, I'll have a go at you myself.

      With that in mind, I'm a gay woman, so no, Cheryl Strayed did not "screw my man," and that's a pretty stupid thing to assume in the first place, despite Strayed being a giant whore. I mean, really. THAT'S why you think I hate her? It couldn't be because she's a huge liar and a terrible writer? Please. Get a grip.

      You wrote, "Sure, some of the stuff in the book sounds embellished but for the sake of making a novel interesting most authors do that. So again, what is your basis for thinking the book is BS besides your obvious dislike of the author." You call it "embellishing" and I call it lying. Either way, you admitted yourself that she likely made some of this shit up to "make it more interesting." Thanks for proving my point. As for my dislike of the author, I DISLIKE HER BECAUSE SHE IS A LIAR AND A SHITTY WRITER.

      That is all. Take care of yourself.

      Wishing you the best,
      Cali

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    3. DEbeachgirl it is an exaggeration to say you ran 5 miles when you only ran 4. Its is lie to say you ran 5 miles on a day you never even left the house.

      But if you need another very good reason hate Cheryl Strayed this is it: she has 'inspired' dozens of people to hike who are ill prepared to do physical and in terms of supplies. Cali has talked about these people then needing to be rescued putting rescue workers in danger an straining resources.

      At some point some person 'inspired' by CS will go out without proper food or water and die.

      Is that not hateble?

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  14. Her name should be Cheryl Hoed, or Cheryl Slut!

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  15. Using the word "whore" and other incendiary language only puts doubt to your credibility. What would the adjective be if it were a promiscuous guy? "Stud"?

    You seem to make good points but I have difficulty taking this blog seriously.

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    1. Nope, I would still use the word whore. Or man-whore, if that makes you feel better. This isn't an anti-woman blog; I'm a woman. It's a blog about a book written by a sociopath. I just called the author out on her incredibly obvious lies.

      Also, with all due respect, "whore" is not an adjective.

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  16. Whoa. This post did make me hate someone a little bit, but it wasn't Cheryl Strayed. Mostly I share her feelings of pity.

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    1. No one gives a shit about your pity or the fake moral high-ground your insults come from to provide you with some intellectual justification to be just as base and common as the rest of us.

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  17. Can't wait to read the rest of the blog.
    Somebody gave me a copy of 'Wild' and the discrepancies drove me nuts, once I'd decided to Google PCT images. It would be a tolerable book about an unsympathetic character if it were marketed as fiction or semi-autoboigraphical... But exaggeration, fabrication and drama... Meh.
    Glad to be here.

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  18. I had never heard of Cheryl until yesterday when she was interviewed on a radio program I enjoy. Afterwards I read a couple of letters to her and her responses. I found them unsettling and after sleeping on concluded they must be made up. Glad to find out someone got there before me.

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    1. It feels good knowing you arent alone, doesnt it? :)

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  19. You seem like you're projecting a lot of your own issues with betrayal. I'd suggest you read up on betrayal trauma. It might help.

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    1. Emily I suggest you get a remedial math book and learn how to add. then go back and read Wild while adding up the mileages. Also while you are at it. Add up the weight of the items CS Claimed to hve purchased in Minnesota and schleeped to California. or find someone ot add them for you. Realize that those items (the overwhelming majority of which are NEVER USED) would come to almost 100lbs. then try ot figure out how someone who claimed to have never hiked in her life could even stand up with 100lbs on her back. Then look in a mirror and realize you ARE Cheryl Strayed with a completely ridiculous made up name and profile. and know you will be found out some day.

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    3. and Mercer Creed is my very best friend that I've never met!

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  20. Why was Cheryl Strayed given an advice column? Criminy, but that was a stupid idea. Then seeing it promoted with heart-shaped bandaids? Ick. I wish modern culture would quit worshipping lying addicts of questionable judgement. It's distasteful.

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  21. Thanks for taking the time to write this.

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  22. Califohioan; I just discovered your reviews of Wild and loved them, agreeing with most of what you had to say. I read the book and watched the movie only recently, thinking about thru-hiking the PCT, and wrote the following comments... http://feuchtblog.net/2015/12/24/wild/ . Thank you for your delightful (but lengthy) review.

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