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...
  • Penelope
    Mar 02, 2018
    I don't think I understood or agreed with everything this book had to say but I found myself being moved, inspired, angered and frustrated in equal measures. This wasn't a book I felt I read, more a journey I found myself on, that even if I wanted to I couldn't stop. A mixture of fact,...
  • 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...
  • Amanda
    Apr 24, 2018
    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 ...
  • Daren Kearl
    Mar 01, 2018
    I enjoyed the narrative of the novel - it often felt like a non-fiction travelogue slash nature writing discourse - but sometimes the in depth philosophical reasoning, especially towards the end, bogged me down. I found many of the diverting facts and thoughts very interesting, however...
  • 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. ...
  • Portia
    May 19, 2018
    Read for POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt #20: A book by a local author. I'm definitely pushing it with this one but honestly I looked at all the authors from my boring little town and nothing interested me so I'm branching out to a generalised ~the Midlands~. I LOVE THIS BOOK OH MY G...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Alexander
    Feb 18, 2018
    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...
  • 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 déception qui règne après avoir refermé ce livre. J'étais tombée par hasard sur ce roman dans une librairie indépendante de Bath en février dernier. J'avais ensuite participé à une interview et séance de dédicace de l'auteure dans cette même...
  • 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...
  • Angie Sturrock
    Feb 05, 2018
    I felt it worth leaving a bit of a written review, given I am most definitely in the minority in my rating of this book. I am quite a few years (decades...) away from being the target audience for Erin's story and I have no doubt this influenced my engagement with the book. I really th...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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?être 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...
  • Maddie
    Jul 16, 2018
    What a book! This wasn?t what I expected at all, and I?m so glad it wasn?t. This inspired me to think deeper about women in the world, and about starting my own adventure. I loved how the end blended the story in with wider feminist theory. ...