From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Title: Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Having just read “Called Again” by Jennifer Pharr Davis, I thought it might be fun to play “Compare and Contrast” (as they say in essay questions) between these two books.
Jennifer David: A woman of God
Cheryl Strayed: Ungodly
Davis: An experienced hiker
Strayed: Can put one foot in front of the other
Davis: Decides to break the time record for hiking the Appalachian Trail
Strayed: Decides to see how many men she can pick up in five days
Davis: Happily married to a wonderful man
Strayed: Cheats on her husband with a heroin addict with his hair dyed blue
I could go on, but I think you get the picture. Cheryl Strayed, fresh in the midst of personal loss and tragedy, decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (a trail that goes from Mexico to Canada along the West Coast) in the belief that if she does this, her life will be transformed and everything will be all right. The hike does change her life, but in ways she never would have imagined. It is an interesting and entertaining tale.