Wild by Nature

Wild by Nature

From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot

Book - 2016
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From National Geographic's Explorer of 2014, this is the harrowing and nearly unbelievable story of Sarah Marquis' solo 10,000-mile hike across the remote Gobi desert from Siberia to Thailand, then transported by boat to complete her hike at her favourite tree in Australia. Relying on hunting and her own wits, Sarah Marquis made it across six countries where she survived mafia, drug dealers, thieves on horseback who harassed her tent every night for weeks, temperatures from subzero to scorching, life-threatening wildlife, a dengue fever delirium in the Laos jungle, tropic ringworm in northern Thailand, dehydration, and a life-threatening abscess. Originally a bestseller in France selling over 60,000 copies, "Wild By Nature" will appeal to fans of Cheryl Strayed's "Wild."
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press ,, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781250081971
Characteristics: 259 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,coloured illustrations, maps ;,25 cm.


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DPLheather Oct 26, 2018

What she does takes grit, strength, determination...and a little bit of crazy. I don't get it, but she certainly endures and perseveres. I would have liked more about her heart, her feelings, her "why".

Jan 09, 2018

Good book, interesting (and surprisingly quick) read.

I was surprised that Siberia only took up a couple pages in the book - and didn't even appear until maybe half to 2/3 of the way through. Since it made the subtitle of the book, I expected more about it; Mongolia got much more book time and may have been a better choice of location to include under the circumstances. Siberia was what I most wanted to read about, and the most interesting part of the book for me, so I was fairly disappointed in that regard.

Still, a good read to take up a few hours one sunny afternoon.

Jun 18, 2017

Enjoyed this book. I don't enjoy travelling and liked learning about the smaller details of corners of the world that aren't often discussed. I would have liked to hear more about interactions with local people but it doesn't seem to be in the author's nature. Amazing journey and adventurer.

Apr 10, 2017

She seems to make more personal connections with dogs than with people. Her journey is impressive but it lacks the certain connections with people that makes any journey worth doing.

Aug 19, 2016

Marquis chooses to avoid people as much as possible in her memoir of three grueling years of pushing herself beyond limits. Her odd encounters, when they do happen, had me wondering if Marquis sees herself prey to some unknown predator. Her vegetarianism and connectedness to the natural world could easily have been summed up in one small chapter. I can't say I loved this book, and sometimes wondered why I even kept reading it, but I would still recommend, particularly for a book group because there is a lot here to discuss in this easy read.

Jun 27, 2016

Overwrought and painted in broad strokes. Also extremely intent on conveying how amazing her life is without really drawing you along. I was rolling my eyes in exasperation pretty early on. Some writers can make collecting lint fascinating; others have an incredible story to tell but just can't get out of their own way.

Jun 15, 2016

Interesting but it lacks the real details of the journey. The story seems to jump around at times.

May 27, 2016

amazing journey and interesting to read but it lacks the depth and soul of other similar titles. could have used a ghost writer to enhance the overall effect. reads more like a diary in most places but it feels a bit more boring to read than I expected from such a real experience. maybe expecting too much.

d2013 Mar 07, 2016

An amazing story of adventure and resilience but definitely not for the faint of heart... kudos to her. Very interesting read!

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