Sarah Marquis travelling through the Gobi Desert in her 2010 expedition. Image – facebook.
(Competition details on how to win a copy below)
A new adventure has been chronicled for all readers who find enjoyment in seeing the world through a wandering explorer’s eyes.
Sarah Marquis spent three years from 2010 traversing through incredibly harsh environmental conditions, from the despairing heat of the Mongolian Gobi Desert to Siberia, Thailand and the great Australian outback.
She was recently applauded for her global treks by being named National Geographic Explorer of the Year in 2014, and has a number of published books behind her, but most of them non-English.
Wild by Nature, unlike other adventuresome memoirs, is not retold in the form of a personal journal; instead it is written much like a novel, and although Marquis shares her life experiences of stamina and adaptability, the book read slightly jagged with its short and sharp sentence structure and felt slightly disconnected with references to other expeditions.
It almost felt like her adventure didn’t translate well on the page.
Chapters went from one expedition to the next, and it was difficult at times to grasp where on the spectrum the reader was until a few paragraphs in.
But Marquis has more than 20 years of experience, and although much of her preparation isn’t delved into, readers will, however, appreciate the fact she was a woman, alone, in the middle of nowhere, and conquering her surroundings.
To learn of Marquis and her love of walking through unknown territory is real; to learn of what she came across is real, and that is what readers will enjoy the most. Her passion is astounding, and to know she has conquered such an amazing feat is astounding.
For those readers not interested in sentence structure, timeline, or what it takes to prepare for such an adventure, this is a wonderful read. You can certainly get lost and absorbed into Marquis’ world, and feel motivated to start your own expedition.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Title: Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis
Date of publication: March 2016
Published by Allen & Unwin
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