Through the Wilderness: My Journey of Redemption and Healing in the American Wild by Brad Orsted is a non-fiction book, documenting the struggles the author had after the death of his infant daughter. Mr. Orsted is an award-winning wildlife photographer.
- 256 pages
- Publisher : St. Martin’s Press
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250284694
I have to admire the author for pouring his heart out for all to read. Frankly, I don’t think I have it within me. The journey of pain, addiction, as well as the healing power of the magnificent Yellowstone National Park is heart wrenching.
Through the Wilderness by Brad Orsted takes place around a decade, or so. The story is powerful and honest, from his abusive childhood, to his marriage, death, and divorce, we see get a glimpse into what makes him. Stacey, Mr. Orsted’s wife got a job in Yellowstone, and the family were actually living inside the park. This was a lifeline to all of them, from the people they met, to the animals, and the vistas.
I have every reason to believe everything Mr. Orsted wrote. I cannot begin to imagine what it must have been like to live with a grieving man drowning his sorrows in alcohol. Drinking is a big part of this book, much more than his wife and daughters. The sadness just leaps off the pages and I’m glad he managed, with lots of help, to survive his personal hell, and become a contributing member of society.
The descriptions of wildlife, and of course the bears, are amazing. The author finds serenity tracking two orphan bears, drawing parallels to his departed daughter. Mr. Orsted’s journey of healing and redemption is just as fascinating as his wildlife work and descriptions.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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