Linda C. (Seagull) reviewed Desert Sojourn: A Woman's Forty Days and Nights Alone on
I've read this book probably a dozen times, and in the years when my life was going through a lot of changes it was what I needed to read again and again as I explored my options. Now my life has mellowed and I actually live in the desert after living in Florida for half my life. This book is one of my all-time favorites.
"I'm going to the desert... because if I don't I think a part of me will die." After attending an out-of-town business seminar, Holmes-Binney, a frustrated editor in a failing marriage, was convinced that she must do something radical to reshape her life. In this memoir, the author recounts how she returned to her family in California and announced her plans to spend 40 days in a remote region of Utah's Great Salt Lake Desert. But she was little prepared for the harsh realities of her journey. Almost immediately, Holmes-Binney had to contend with torrential rains that soaked her clothes and ruined food. After the rain came a fierce snowstorm that essentially froze Holmes-Binney into her small shelter. Holmes-Binney describes her physical and psychological ordeal in detail. At one point, she thought she heard the ringing of a cell phone, an impossibility in the remote region: "not a single human print, and I'm totally mystified until it strikes me that perhaps whoever-it-is isn't in the canyon. It's possible that the sounds came from the other side of the cliffs .And that's when the phone rings again." Even readers unable to understand how Holmes-Binney could walk out on her children to undertake this journey will feel a part of her pain and fear. While this book may not persuade people to undertake a spiritual journey similar to the author's, the telling of her sojourn is crisp, vivid and realistic.
the author was such a twit,like being scared of EVERYTHING..
but then she'd do this stuff that might have been REALLY scary like going to the desert for 40 days.
despite this.... i REALLY enjoyed this book.