New York Times bestseller - "Thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing . . . Every chapter shimmered with truth." --Cheryl Strayed From travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins comes a long-awaited memoir of adventure, struggle, and lessons learned while bicycling the 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia.On the eve of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn't choos...
|Title||:||To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret Reviews
Been following Jed on social media for a while and he inspired my own trip to South America so I was keen for this! Great start and I enjoyed the initial launch into the trip however it felt as it went on that it became about simply recounting action by action until the end and I lost some interest in the second half. Though well written, and honest, I felt like I was rereading the same thoughts and feelings throughout until a final conclusion at the very end and wanted to see more action throug ...more
Jedidiah Jenkins became famous when his bike journey from Oregon to Patagonia got promoted by the Instagram official account. "To Shake the Sleeping Self" is the long form story of that trip. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book is that it raises questions about modern storytelling: when should a story be let out to air and on what platforms? I found myself periodically putting a bookmark in to take a moment and scroll back in time on the Instagram feeds of Jenkins or other characters ...more
To Shake the Sleeping Self is a masterpiece. It's a road trip narrative, a story about a young man coming terms with his conservative upbringing and sexuality, and a disquieting look at our expectation toward travel.
Approaching his 30th birthday with a sense of mounting dread, Jedidiah Jenkins decides to do something crazy and unexpected: Bike from Oregon to Patagonia. In spite of having zero biking experience, Jenkins embarks on his adventure with relish - anticipating a transformative personal ...more
First of all, this was a memoir that definitely held my attention. I zipped through it, and it left me thinking every time I closed it. It’s sweet and simple, and Jed is so darn lovable as a character. I give it 5 stars for putting a lovely feeling in my heart. However, I wanted to know so much more. Jed’s journey with his spirituality and sexuality were set up to be a fascinating undercurrent in his travels, especially because his parents had been on a similar journey, one that no doubt fulled ...more
I was very excited for this book, but found it to be pretty repetitive. I’ve followed Jed’s Instagram for a long time, and have loved many of the things he has written there. While there was some of that in this book, it was definitely not a favorite. It was a great picture of going out and doing something wildly out of your comfort zone, though. And for that alone I’m really glad I read it.
Jed was lost in the hum drum of following societal social roles and rules.
Jed embarks on a personal pilgrimage in search of self.
Jed reaches the physical destination of his journey and concludes that life has no final cosmic reveal.
A book without a meaty center. It will not sustain or satisfy the hungry travelogue reader. It reveals little insight or different viewpoints on negatively seen cities and people, and it certainly doesn’t offer much in self discovery either.
I’m left wondering if I w ...more
I don't really know how I could rate this as anything other than five stars. Or how anyone could, really. I mean what, you rate it one star because you don't like bicycles or something? In general I have a hard time giving low ratings to biographies (on the condition that they are well written of course, a poorly written book will always garner poor ratings I suppose) because I admire the fact that someone is willing to unveil their life, or a piece of it, to the world. Now, this isn't a biograp ...more
What an honor it was to catch a glimpse inside Jed’s mind. This book shook my world. It helped reshape my values, deconstruct my views on my career and reevaluate all aspects of my life. Jed’s become a huge hero of mine over the past couple of years and this book added a layer of depth to the already immaculate view I had of him. The sleeping self has been SHOOK