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So much White boy privilege Congratulations on an incredible journey, book was meh I listened to it at 2x I tried to go to 1x and fell asleep Insights were superficial, nothing resolved in the end.And he is soooo unprepared for this undertaking The part that really drove me batshit was he bought Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish, but didn t use it Really, dude You couldn t listen to it on your 1000 mile bike ride from Portland to Mexico Or at all during your 14 months or whatever it was time on the road At no point you felt compelled to learn the language After I listened to a podcast episode with Jedidiah, I got so excited to read the book And while reading it, I was trying to convince myself that the book was ok, that it would say me something interesting But it didn t No interesting ideas, even the language is boring and not what I would expect from someone saying that he wanted to write a book for many years and I m not even a native speaker I agree with the other reviewer that the author didn t try to make the book interesting to the reader and missed so many opportunities to make it feel vibrant. New York Times Bestseller Thrilling, Tender, Utterly Absorbing Every Chapter Shimmered With TruthCheryl Strayed From Travel Writer Jedidiah Jenkins Comes A Long Awaited Memoir Of Adventure, Struggle, And Lessons Learned While Bicycling The , Miles From Oregon To PatagoniaOn The Eve Of Turning Thirty, Terrified Of Being Funneled Into A Life He Didn T Choose, Jedidiah Jenkins Quit His Dream Job And Spent The Next Sixteen Months Cycling From Oregon To Patagonia He Chronicled The Trip On Instagram, Where His Photos And Profound Reflections On Life Soon Attracted Hundreds Of Thousands Of Followers And Got Him Featured By National Geographic And The Paris ReviewIn This Unflinchingly Honest Memoir, Jed Narrates The Adventure That Started It All The People And Places He Encountered On His Way To The Bottom Of The World, And The Internal Journey That Prompted It As He Traverses Cities, Mountains, And Inner Boundaries, Jenkins Grapples With The Questions Of What It Means To Be An Adult, His Struggle To Reconcile His Sexual Identity With His Conservative Christian Upbringing, And His Belief In Travel As A Way To Wake Us Up To Life Back HomeA Soul Stirring Read For The Wanderer In Each Of Us, To Shake The Sleeping Self Is An Unforgettable Reflection On Adventure, Identity, And A Life Lived Without Regret 3.5 starsIn the 1970s I read Peter Jenkins A WALK ACROSS AMERICA which ignited my love for anything involving true adventure Since then I have been driven to read just about anything that incorporates some sort of challenging physical endeavour When I discovered his son, Jedidiah, had written a book about biking from Oregon to the tip of Patagonia, I got a copy as soon as possible However, while the road adventures were compelling and Jed s honesty and self reflection about his personal beliefs and sexuality interesting, I felt a bit disconnected and couldn t get as invested in the story as I had hoped It seemed that he omitted or glossed over some of his journeys but I did enjoy the stories about his parents as I had always wondered what happened to them I also felt there were some inconsistencies that should have been caught or clarified note this observation was from the finished copy, not the galley Read this if you enjoy true biking adventures, but if you haven t read Barbara Savage s MILES FROM NOWHERE, her terrific story about biking around the world, or Bruce Weber s LIFE IS A WHEEL, the story about his journey across America, give them a try Thanks to the publisher for the advance reading copy. Disclosure I received this book as a promotion, through Crown Publishing and PRH, and Jed s social media promotion team THANK YOU Now to the important part.You NEED to read this book To begin, I followed Jed on Instagram during his bike ride from Oregon to Patagonia, so I ve been waiting for this book since 2014 It did not disappoint It s a story of a man that is concerned that his job and daily routine has made his brain fall asleep as opposed to children, who are awake, and asking questions, and living summers that last forever remember that summer There is a quote from Jed from a short movie his friend Kenny made on the trip The routine is the enemy of time It makes it flyby To see the video look here book was meant to shake up Jed s life at the age of 30, when he would live on a bicycle for 16 months and cycle down to Patagonia Spoiler alert but not really, because it s in the first 30 pages he falls off his bike one of the first times he gets on it in clip less pedals, THE DAY HE LEAVES Also, he does not know any Spanish the day he leaves for South America At least he was prepared in other ways.Once he left the USA, I enjoyed the book even As someone that s traveled a bit, I love that he demonstrates that people, at their heart, really want to help other people Even if it s a dirty smelly cycling gringo with minimal Spanish skills His struggles throughout his time on the bike are well thought out, including struggles with religion, sexuality, friendships, and family.Overall, I loved the book and the ending too Some people may not like the ending But the whole book is about the journey, the kindness of strangers, and pushing yourself into something that you may be uncomfortable with and coming out the other side. I may return to this at some point in the future, but for the moment I won t be finishing this book Jenkins is a good writer, but the story isn t as interesting as a it should be, it s just fine. I am an avid cyclist who has been planning to ride to Patagonia for years I also love reading about cycling My wife got me this book for a christmas present and I finally got around to reading it I m not sure how he did it but the attorney for Kony 2012 figured out a way to make a book ostensibly about cycling to Patagonia a bore filled with skin deep philosophizing and a shallow depth of understanding To begin with, he claims that he was serendipitously connected with some Instagram executives through a friend who then featured him on Instagram A rather simple Google search can deduce that the author was an attorney for the viral documentary Kony 2012 which would simply place him within the orbit of Instagram executives There was nothing serendipitous about it This lack of self awareness and inability to connect seemingly disparate ideas infuses the entire book.The author is obviously not a cyclist and the bicycle was simply a tool for self discovery and travel That I could have dealt with He also claims to be interested in anthropology while barely skimming the subject Instead choosing to wax poetic, and I mean pages and pages, about his family and friends who repeatedly keep coming to visit him He complains about his riding partner who says deep things to him and is constantly questioning the nature of life and society It s all rather insufferable.At one point he is in Patagonia and meets a young woman who questions him about American imperialism and he sort of laughs her off with a remark about how he knows some friends who work at NPR Again, simple platitudes demonstrating a shallow depth of understanding I really, really didn t like this book Had he chosen to focus on the people he met on the road, the cultures of the countries he was in, or even focused on the riding I would probably have enjoyed it I simply could not bring myself to care about the author s family, entitled friends, or his sexuality and religion I also found myself feeling that his friend who left halfway through the trip could probably have written a far compelling story based on the trip. To Shake the Sleeping Self interested me because my family had both A Walk Across America and A Walk West on our bookshelves during my childhoodA Walk Across America was a very meaningful book for me, as it was the first travel memoir that I read or even saw and it sparked a love for the genre that has lasted for forty years As a child, I was inspired by Peter Jenkins journey and longed to make a similar trip one day Jedidiah Jenkins is the son of Peter Jenkins So, not only did the premise of this book appeal to me, I was attracted to it for nostalgic reasons as well.Unfortunately, though I wanted to like it so badly, this book did not live up to my expectations Though the magnitude of Jenkins trip was impressive and I do not want to diminish this fact, I did not have a real sense of why he embarked upon the journey in the first place, other than some random guy telling him that he should.A major theme throughout the book was Jenkins internal struggle over his religious beliefs and sexuality On his trip to Machu Picchu, there was an attempt to make some meaningful connection between Christianity s influence on the ancient Incan culture and Jenkins own Christian upbringing, but this was stilted and ineffective Superficially, I was irritated by some of Jenkins Millennialisms, like using cheers as a verb, continually waxing poetic about craft beers and being attached to his apps and American TV and movies, even in a tent in South America On a deeper level, I was sad for Jenkins over the missed opportunities on this trip This was a once in a lifetime chance for transformation and growth And yet, Jenkins always seemed to stop short of REALLY pushing himself out of his comfort zone Jenkins accomplished something really big He traveled from Oregon to Patagonia on his bike He encountered difficulties and obstacles along the way He pushed himself, to be sure However, though Jenkins may have shaken himself, by the end of the book, he still seemed to be asleep. I really wanted to love this book I followed his travels on Instagram I enjoyed his interviews I love a good travelogue I enjoyed the first half of the book, but by the second half I was ready for it to be done Good for him for taking this journey, but he s just not that interesting All of the religious guilt and baggage was irritating I just wanted him to let go of it and have some wild sex, and be free His privilege was so apparent and he didn t seem to recognize it I appreciated his honesty, but I found myself wanting to shake him and tell him to give his money freely, and let go of his judgement and guilt I found his traveling companion so much interesting than Jed, and I can t say that I blame him for not returning I would give it 3 stars overall, but it was a disappointment. Don t want to be completely negative because some people might really like this, but it just wasn t for me.I did enjoy the scenery descriptions, Jed s travel buddy Wes was a very interesting character as well as the random people they met along the way That said, Jed is a man who decides on a whim to bike from Oregon to Patagonia in South America He s lived his life up to 30 abiding by the religion and belief system he was raised into, living on the safe side never taking chances always scared to get into trouble.This book is called To Shake the Sleeping Self, and the main thing that bothers me about it is I don t think he did that at all He s still asleep at the end in many ways So many mind opening experiences he turned down because of his preconceived beliefs and ideas It s awesome that he feels strongly about them but unfortunately it doesn t make for an exciting story Nothing feels resolved by the end, his mother calls him disgusting for being gay and then he sweeps it alway and never confronts the issue, acting like their relationship is sunshine and rainbows if only he doesn t bring up a major part of himself Had a lot of potential but I just did not feel like he truly let himself explore and try new experiences He went home 3 months into the trip and was constantly wanting friends to come see him It never felt like he completely just immersed himself in the different cultures, he seemed pretty wrapped up in what people were doing back home and his social media accounts.