Wild by Nature

Wild by Nature

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

Book - 2016
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Using her wits and skills as a hunter to get by, the author describes her solo ten-thousand-mile trek across the Gobi Desert where she encountered mafiosos, drug dealers, thieves on horseback, temperature extremes, dehydration, and illness.

McMillan Palgrave

One woman
10,000 miles on foot
6 countries
8 pairs of hiking boots
3,000 cups of tea
1,000 days and nights

"The only way to survive three years of walking was to embrace the moment of now.”—from Wild by Nature

Not since Cheryl Strayed gifted us with her adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail in her memoir, Wild, has there been such a powerful epic adventure by a woman alone. In Wild by Nature, National Geographic Explorer Sarah Marquis takes you on the trail of her ten-thousand-mile solo hike across the remote Gobi desert from Siberia to Thailand, at which point she was transported by boat to complete the hike at her favorite tree in Australia.

Against nearly insurmountable odds and relying on hunting and her own wits, Sarah Marquis survived the 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.

This is an incredible story of adventure, human ingenuity, persistence, and resilience that shows firsthand what it is to adventure as a woman in the most dangerous of circumstance, what it is to be truly alone in the wild, and why someone would challenge themselves with an expedition others would call crazy. For Marquis, her story is about freedom, being alive and wild by nature.

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Using her wits and skills as a hunter to get by, a woman describes her solo 10,000-mile trek across the Gobi desert where she encountered mafiosos, drug dealers, thieves on horseback, temperature extremes, dehydration, ringworm and dengue fever. By a National Geographic Explorer of the Year. An international best-seller.

Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Description: 259 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781250081971
Branch Call Number: 910.4 Mar


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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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