The Word for Woman is Wilderness

The Word for Woman is Wilderness

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 Erin is 19. She's never really left England, but she has watched Bear Grylls and wonders why it's always men who get t...

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Title:The Word for Woman is Wilderness
Author:Abi Andrews
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Word for Woman is Wilderness
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:312 pages pages

The Word for Woman is Wilderness Reviews

  • Elaine Mullane
    Mar 06, 2018
    3.5 stars The Word for Woman is Wilderness, the debut novel by Abi Andrews, introduces us to a teenage feminist explorer who ventures through the Arctic Circle, across the continent of America and on to Alaska, all in the name of woman. 19-year-old Erin leaves her home in England...
  • Mrs Mallott
    Mar 12, 2018
    I wanted to love this book. I really did. Maybe I am just too old to relate to the protagonist who I found to be an irritating mix of incredibly intelligent but also pretty naive. I did enjoy the second half of the book more than the first, but still found myself glossing over some of ...
  • Tommi
    Mar 29, 2018
    Erin, the 19-year-old protagonist of Abi Andrews?s debut novel The Word for Woman is Wilderness, is determined to shake the stereotypes of male-dominated nature travelling by going to Alaska for an authentic experience of wilderness. With plans to shoot a video documentary of her tri...
  • Lipsy
    Feb 06, 2018
    Originally posted @ https://lipsyy.wordpress.com 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, opin...
  • grass_harp
    Mar 01, 2018
    Dear Erin, I spent so much time with you over the past week, either reading your (fictional) words or thinking about them throughout the day, criticising some of your standpoints and being fully convinced by others. I loved the way you set out on your great journey, somewhat indepen...
  • Lauren LaTulip
    Jan 24, 2018
    Incredibly fresh, The Word for Woman is Wilderness is a road trip book, with Erin starting from England to trace the paths of Kerouac, Jack London and, bizarrely, the Unibomber Ted Kaczynski to Alaska. Reflecting the intellectual excitement, moral aspirations and occasional emotional o...
  • Alyce
    May 09, 2018
    I picked this book up randomly at a bookstore simply because of it's title and i'm so glad I decided to buy it, because I loved reading it. I've always enjoyed survival stories - starting with The Hatchet when i was young - but the protagonists have always nearly been men, and so I ...
  • Gretel
    Apr 16, 2018
    Sometimes profound, but more often than not profoundly irritating. ...
  • Emilyrowan
    Feb 28, 2018
    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...
  • BookwormBev
    May 25, 2018
    The title and concept of this novel caught my eye and imagination immediately and I wasn't at all disappointed once reading. I was slightly sceptical as to the choice of novel/fictional travel journal as a vehicle for the authors thoughts on this subject, she could easily have produ...
  • Anna
    Apr 02, 2018
    I initially hesitated between four and five stars for this novel, as I wondered whether a major part of its appeal wasn?t that I found the narrator especially sympathetic and relatable. I too have often fantasised about retreat to a cabin in the wilderness with a pile of books to thi...
  • Lydia Barnes
    Oct 14, 2018
    Give this book to that man in your life who won't shut up about Into The Wild. ...
  • Sarah Connor
    Aug 05, 2018
    I enjoyed this very much. It was really refreshing to read a young woman writing about feminism, about freedom, and about travelling. I worried about her at times, rooted for her, recognised her. It's a long time since I was that young woman out on my own, but I recognised those misund...
  • Eric Anderson
    Feb 18, 2018
    Sometimes it can be so difficult to separate my emotional response to a book compared to my critical response. I don't think I necessarily have to which is one of the great things about a book blog! But reading Abi Andrews' debut novel ?The Word for Woman is Wilderness? I was even ...
  • Emma
    May 07, 2018
    5/5 Okay, I might be a little biased with this one as : - This book is about 19-year-old Erin who, after watching (and I guess, reading ?) Into the Wild decides to make her very own journey to Alaska. I have written my master's thesis all about Krakauer's novel last year so it speak...
  • Neil
    Dec 27, 2017
    This is an adventure novel unlike any adventure novel you have read before (I think so, anyway: clearly, I haven?t read all of them, so I can?t be sure). There are two reasons for this. Firstly, the author, Abi Andrews, takes her female protagonist, Erin, into what has historically...
  • Paromjit
    Jan 13, 2018
    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 ...
  • Varsha Ravi (between.bookends)
    Mar 14, 2018
    This is a very tricky one to write a review for as my overall experience was rather conflicting. This novel is part adventure, part travel writing, part philosophical musings, part coming-of-age and rediscovery, speckled with feminist ideals, the myth and beliefs of the Native Peoples ...
  • Hannah
    Feb 17, 2018
    I intend to re-read this later down the line as it was extremely poignant at times and once I have had time to digest it I feel it will make a lasting impression on my outlook on life. I haven't given it as high a rating as I think it deserves really as I found it quite difficult subje...
  • Léa
    May 17, 2018
    2,5/5 C'est le sentiment de dception qui rgne aprs avoir referm ce livre. J'tais tombe par hasard sur ce roman dans une librairie indpendante de Bath en fvrier dernier. J'avais ensuite particip une interview et sance de ddicace de l'auteure dans cette mme...
  • Celyn
    Jan 24, 2018
    A big thank you to NetGalley and Serpents Tail for providing me with an e-arc of this novel, in return for an honest review. In The Word for Woman is Wilderness, Abi Andrews succeeds in merging fictionalised travelogue and memoir with evocative nature writing and nuanced meditations...
  • Buchstabenträumerin
    Nov 05, 2018
    Meine Reise wird ber See und Land fhren, eine heldenhafte Odyssee, ich ganz allein, ein Mdchen, auf einer weiblichen Suche nach Authentizitt. (Seite 14) Island, Grnland, Kanada, Alaska ? das sind allesamt Orte der Welt, die ich bereisen mchte. Absolute Sehnsuchtsorte. ...
  • Paula Bardell-Hedley
    Jan 05, 2018
    ?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, ...
  • Emily Ryder
    Jul 31, 2018
    DNF. This is one of those ?it?s not you, it?s me? books. Wasn?t what I was expecting, and my current reading is to speed through books, I could hardly read ten pages before stopping. ...
  • Snorki
    May 09, 2018
    Hard to describe what this book is really. It starts as a travelogue/coming of age type story, in which a young woman embarks on an adventure to travel to the Wilderness (in Canada) via Iceland and Greenland, to emulate the traditional male explorers and show that women can do the same...
  • Philipa Coughlan
    Jan 26, 2018
    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 re...
  • Ann-Marie
    Jun 02, 2018
    4.5 stars. It's a basic storyline made colourful with facts about natural sciences, history and thoughts about what it means to be a woman. It's masterfully written (she just lost me in the Greenland chapters and when descriptions about space and biology turned very elaborate) and I'm ...
  • Katy
    Feb 01, 2018
    One word review: Mantra Rambling review:This is my favourite book. I have never related to a character more. It blew me away. The Word For Woman Is Wilderness is a delightful journey of adventure and gender, filled with glorious philosophical tangents. I don?t even know how t...
  • Abi
    Jan 20, 2018
    Wow... okay. I read this novel quite slowly, solely because it made me stare into space and reevaluate my life and my principles and my raisons d?tre just about every... twenty pages or so. The voice created was incredibly strong... Erin was intelligent and likeable, somehow managi...
  • Claire Alexandra
    Mar 19, 2018
    This book is a carefully, thoughtfully and well written narrative of the protagonist, Erin. I found myself learning, questioning, fantasising across every page. I spent a long time lusting after the male-lead novels and journeys of Kerouac and Krakauer - this is the book I have sud...