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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild (original 1996; edition 2007)

by Jon Krakauer

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Title:Into the Wild
Authors:Jon Krakauer
Info:Anchor (2007), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 224 pages
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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (1996)

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    raton-liseur: Il peut paraître étrange de rapprocher ces deux livres. Pourtant ils sont entrés en résonance lorsque je les ai lus à un an d’intervalle. Tous les deux sont sombres puisqu’il y est question de mort, et tous les deux ont pour fond la beauté rude des paysages glacials de l’Alaska. C’est cette confrontation fatale entre le blanc de la neige et le noir de la mort qui m’a saisie dans ces deux livres, même si les raisons qui sous-tendent ces deux quêtes vers les paysages du Grand Nord sont (à première vue) sans point commun.… (more)
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In thought, Christopher McCandless/Alexander Supertramp's idea of donating all your money to charities, and running off to the wilds of Alaska, sounds like a plausible idea. In reality, for him it was a foolish way to go. The people he met on the way to Alaska all considered him a friend and thought he was a way cool dude.

Imagine how his life would have turned out, if he had been prepared for the elements and had some provisions. ( )
  Tuke15 | Feb 2, 2019 |
Jon Krakauer's classic account of a gifted young man who chose literally to walk away from his life. By examining the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man who, in 1992, walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later. SOFT
  JRCornell | Jan 29, 2019 |
Under the Banner of Heaven was better. Too much filler. A better magazine article. ( )
  tertullian | Jan 22, 2019 |
This is the true account of the demise of Chris McCandless. In 1992 McCandless hitchhikes across America to Alaska. He had donated all of his savings (around $25,000) and his meager possessions before disappearing. His parents had no idea where he had gone, and never saw him alive again. The author retraced the story to try and figure out where Chris had been and how he died. Chris' body had been found 4 months after he went into the Alaska wilderness to "live off the land". He had died of what looked like starvation. Krakauer had interviewed several of the people McCandless had hitchhiked with, worked for, and met along his journey to Alaska. Everyone Krakauer interviewed found Chris a wonderful and likable guy. But mistakes , arrogance, and being ill-prepared for Alaska caused his death.

This was a great book. I like Krakauer as an author (I read Into Thin Air by him as well) and I think he is an excellent writer. He tirelessly finds everyone who McCandless had met along his 2 year journey to "find himself" and looks for the real reason McCandless died. We found out in the book that it isn't what was originally thought.

Great book - don't miss reading this one.
  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
Save for one chapter dedicated to Krakauer and his climbing this was a great read. I think
It's a great example of what a freelance writer can do. Aside from that Chris McCandless' story is really intriguing. I found myself asking everyone whose read it if they thought he was enlightened or mad. Upon conclusion of the story I decided he's neither. I gave this book four stars because it captivated me in a way that had me thinking about McCandless' story long after I put it down- sometimes I would catch myself wondering about our darker, solitary tendencies without even realizing I was doing it. Very interesting book. Very interesting person. Long live Alexander Supertramp! ( )
  EliseLaForge | Nov 20, 2018 |
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Christopher McCandless's life and his death may have been meaningless, absurd, even reprehensible, but by the end of "Into the Wild," you care for him deeply.
Mr. Krakauer has taken the tale of a kook who went into the woods, and made of it a heart-rending drama of human yearning.

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Krakauer, Jonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferrari, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franklin, PhilipNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mijn, Aad van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jim Gallien had driven four miles out of Fairbanks when he spotted the hitchhiker standing in the snow beside the road, thumb raised high, shivering in the gray Alaska dawn.
The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
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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.

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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. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.… (more)

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