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The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Thought this would be a good adventure book but what a waste of

    Thought this would be a good adventure book but what a waste of money. Way too much profanity and I can't seem to wrap my head around how he claims to be Jewish, sometimes prays to God but belittles Christians at the "born-agains and "those religious people. Then we are subjected to his opinions about evolution. Don't waste yur money.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

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    Chocked Full of Profanity

    After reading a very good book about the Appalachian Trail (Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail), I thought I'd next read a book about the PCT. I began reading this book but quickly became discouraged when I discovered it was full of profanities and some rather open descriptions of sex with his girlfriend. A quick search of the eBook yieled something like 21 F-bombs and 60 or so other profanities. The storyline seemed to have promise, but it's tough to get by White's potty mouth. I hear it all day long at work and don't automatically prefer my books to contain the same vernacular. If that doesn't bother you then by all means enjoy the book. If you prefer your books to be free of that language, then you should move on to other books.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Good story but what a selfish person!

    Let me start off by saying that Whites story of hiking the PCT was a fun and entertaining story. When I was reaching the end of the book I was expecting this amazing transformation for him..from boy to man. From avoiding confrontation to meeting it head on. Instead, I think he ended up worse then when he started this quest to "man up". The way he was totally unable to have a adult conversation with his girlfriend "Allison" about their future plans together made me sick. His complete avoidance to plan for the future made me just "skim" the last few chapters. Not to completely spoil the ending but.. he did not even have a acknowledgment for Allison in the end of the book. I was blown away at that since she had to put up with his bad choices and child like attitude on the trail. I normally don't review books and will most likely not in the future but, for some reason I was compelled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Felt like I was hiking with them!

    This book kept me laughing along the reading trail. And also felt tearful at times. Great writing, engaging style.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Loved this book...White's sense of humor made me laugh, and care about his survival.

    I'm addicted to reading adventure memoirs and this is a memorable read. The author's sense of humor, and candid appraisal of his girlfriend helped me see things from a guy's point of view--literally and figuratively. He wrote honestly about his mistakes and short-comings, and I grew to admire the committment he found not only to The Trail, but to himself.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

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    Smug

    A great adventure trail is ruined by Dan's smug attitude. His lack of respect for his hiking partner, whom he continually bypasses when making decisions, diminishes the joy of reading his adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail. His partner is an angel for continuing as long as she did. She is truly to be appreciated especially considering his condescension toward her. Still, taking his attitude out of the equation, it really is a good read for life on the trail - the hardships, the joys, the peace.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    Personal and honest; excellent!

    I read pretty much every adventure journey book I can get my hands on. Cactus Eaters is one of the very best I have read, comparable to A Walk In the Woods. I love White's humor, use of unusual language and terms, open and honest descriptions, and coverage of the psychological aftermath of a through-hike. So many of these adventure narratives miss the mark, at least for me, by trying for profound and beautiful prose, and end up boring me to death (no names--you know who you are!) but White cuts to the chase and still manages to write in an artful way. I look forward to his next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Great summer read!!

    I'd say there were at least a dozen times during my reading of this book that I laughed out loud. Everything else about it was purely entertaining. It certainly gives you a great sense of just what it is that people are getting into when they do these long-distance backpacks. If someone ever writes a great book on the Continental Divide Trail, 'The Cactus Eaters' review of the PCT and 'A Walk in the Woods' story of the App. Trail will join it as the 'must reads' for these three classic American long hikes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Laugh out loud funny

    This is a great book about traveling in the outdoors and all the things that entail it. While not really detailed in specific sites and sounds, the writer manages to portray the human interactions and emotions with great finesse. I laughed out loud and found it a most enjoyable read!

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    Posted November 22, 2011

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