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Jon Krakauer : Into the Wild (MTI)

Author: Jon Krakauer
Title: Into the Wild (MTI)
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Published in: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 207
Date: 2007-08-21
ISBN: 0307387178
Publisher: Anchor
Weight: 0.45 pounds
Size: 0.7 x 5.2 x 8.0 inches
Edition: 0
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In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.... Review
What would possess a gifted young man recently graduated from college to literally walk away from his life? Noted outdoor writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer tackles that question in his reporting on Chris McCandless, whose emaciated body was found in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992.

Described by friends and relatives as smart, literate, compassionate, and funny, did McCandless simply read too much Thoreau and Jack London and lose sight of the dangers of heading into the wilderness alone? Krakauer, whose own adventures have taken him to the perilous heights of Everest, provides some answers by exploring the pull the outdoors, seductive yet often dangerous, has had on his own life.

Reviews: Rodrigo Vieira (Brazil) (2008/05/27):
If you enjoyed the movie, you will enjoy the book, it gives a lot of insight into McCandless' story and mind. The author diverges a bit too much on his own experiences as a teenager, which is a bit weird (feels a bit like someone who can't avoid talking about himself when not asked), but overall it is an interesting read.

Manda (USA: GA) (2008/10/28):
Great story. Very touching, very inspiring. Much better than the movie.

Roni (USA: NJ) (2010/10/25):
Krakauer introduces us a person named Christopher J. McCandless, an intelligent, intense, and idealistic young man, who decides to sever all ties to his family and friends from his hometown. He then reinvented himself as Alexander Supertramp, a wanderer living out of his backpack throughout the United States after he graduated from college. In 1992, he made his fateful journey by walking alone into the wilderness north of Denali in Alaska.

Krakauer decides to investigate this young man's brief life to learn why someone who has everything going for him would have chosen this certain lifestyle, only to end up dead in one of the most remote, rugged areas of the Alaskan wilderness. Whether one may view McCandless as a fool or as a modern day Thoreau is anyone’s discussion to make.

Krakauer retraced McCandless' journey, interviewing many of those with whom he made acquaintance or had a relationship. He even followed McCandless' last steps into the Alaskan wilderness, so that he could see for himself how McCandless had lived, and how he had died. Hence, based on Krakauer’s background, it is clear that his investigation led him to feel a strong, spiritual kinship with McCandless. With his kindred spirit approach to his understanding of this young man that makes Krakauer's writing so captivating and moving. This book is his epitaph.

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