Erin is 19. She's never really left England, but she has watched Bear Grylls and wonders why it's always men who get to go on all the cool wilderness adventures. So Erin sets off on a voyage into the Alaskan wilderness, a one-woman challenge to the archetype of the rugged male explorer.As Erin's journey takes her through the Arctic Circle, across the entire breadth of the American continent and finally to a lonely cabin in the wilds of Denali, she explores subjects as diverse as the moon landings, the Gaia hypothesis, loneliness, nuclear war, shamanism and the pill.Filled with a sense of wonder for the natural world and a fierce love for preserving it, The Word for Woman is Wilderness is a funny, frank and tender account of a young woman in uncharted territory....
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The Word for Woman is Wilderness Reviews
Abi Andrews has written a remarkably ambitious and thought provoking meditation on what it is to be a woman with strong connections to the earth, the environment and the wilderness. She develops a philosophy through the young 19 year old Erin, a brave and courageous woman, who embarks on a thrilling and enthralling adventure through the Arctic wilderness and across the US. It begins with a reflection on why it is men who are explorers and adventurers, such as Bear Grylls. She watches a Chris McC ...more
#22 A book with alliteration in the title.
2.5. Loved the concept of this book, and parts of the journey, but ultimately unsatisfying.
I really wanted to like this book but I failed. The protagonist is not really a believable character for a 19 year old (how does she know so much about everything and why does she care?) and doesn't have much of a personality either. Frankly I skimmed through some of the more abstract bits.
Maybe there was some bigger point to it all that I missed because I haven't read Thoreau etc.
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I think this is the book I wanted to read when I picked up Flat Broke with Two Goats at the beginning of the year. Although The Word for Woman is Wilderness is fiction, it very much reads as a memoir, as we follow the determined, opinionated, and philosophical Erin on a courageous adventure from England to the Alaskan wilderness via everywhere in between.
I lapped up the first half of this book. It's like nothing I've ever read before. Protagonist, ...more
Ah, I really expected to love this. I'm a feminist and a climber! But it just didn't quite work for me.
I liked the first half- I really enjoyed Erin's interactions with other people (particularly the ones that unsettled her because she couldn't compartmentalise them), and loved the scenes of her larking around in front of the camera pretending to be a Bear Grylls-style outdoors man.
But the second half felt really baggy and was definitely in need of a good edit. The ramblings about space, etc. j ...more
“Cetaceans are women's allies in the war against patriarchy because patriarchy holds the cetaceans down with us. Orcas travel in matriarchal pods. The root of the word dolphin, delphus, means womb."Erin is a young woman with a calling. She has barely ventured beyond her home town, but she has watched Bear Grylls's survival programmes on TV. She wonders why it is that men, but never women, get to be intrepid adventurers, and decides to prove that it is possible for a lone female to voyage throu ...more
I struggled to get into this book about Erin aged 19 who decides she wants to go on a lone adventure across Iceland, America, Canada to reach her final wilderness destination Alaska and learn how to survive along the way.
In the first few pages lots of ideas are being thrown at the reader and it seems to have a definite feminist angle which may put off some readers. However do persevere.
Erin experiences so much during her travelling and is recording it by writing and often filming people and pla ...more
This is a rare book, so full of rich meaning and purpose that I think it likely that I’ll return to it time and again. The protagonist, Erin, is instantly believable, human with an idiosyncratic voice and opinions.
A book perfect for our current times. It’s making me think, still, days after finishing. And that’s the market of a perfect story!