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Into the Wild (original 1996; edition 2007)

by Jon Krakauer

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

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Curious to know how I will feel about this when I am older. Every time I watch the movie I am less team Alexander Supertramp and more team everyone else he abandoned on his journey. Great journalism by Krakauer none the less. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
SUMMARY: Alex McCandless/ Chris McCandless was a boy who wanted to go into the wild. He wanted to explore for his own in Alaska. He had dreamed of it since he was a child, He donated all his college money to charity and ditched his much loved car after it got stuck in a forest. McCandless met plenty of people in his adventure leaving many friends when he often traveled to a new place. Alex even climbed one of the Himalayas Alex finally hitch hiked his way to Alaska where he found and old military bus which he decided to stay in. He often gathered berries and hunted oonce even getting a moose with a .22 rifle. He was found dead in the bus after hiking and being missing for a few years. He was discovered by some hikers who smelled a foul smell when they neared the bus. His parents visited where McCandless took his last breath.
OPINION:I honestly loved this book. When I was sick instead of staying on my iPod in bed I read this book which means a lot especially for a non fiction. It was amazing to read about Alex's adventures and pretty inspiring. I truly wish I coukdve talked to him for a day or 2 to know what he was thinking. I think anyone would love this book that likes reading about inspiring people. He was a really cool guy that I look up to he has some serious wild skill
  JacobS.BG3 | Jan 12, 2017 |
Das Büchlein wäre noch viel kürzer, wenn es tatsächlich nur von Alex/Christopher gehandelt hätte. Doch Krakauer erzählt ständig andere Geschichten von Aussteigern, die gestorben sind, und letztendlich erzählt er von einer Bergsteigetour, die er selbst zurück gelegt hat. Ich habe diese Abschweifungen letztendlich übersprungen. Sie waren einfach nicht interessant, haben mir auch keine Einsicht in Christopher McCandless’ Verhalten gegeben, sie waren unnötig.

Dafür fand ich die Geschichten über Christopher selber sehr unsympathisch. Krakauer erzählt die ganze Zeit, dass er sehr sympathisch war, jeden um den Finger gewickelt hat, aber jede Erzählung schreit danach, dass er eine Watschen ins Gesicht verdient hätte. Naja. Ich bin nicht für Gewalt, aber ich hätte ihn wohl irgendwann ziemlich rüde angegangen und vom Hof gejagt.

Da war z.B. ein Mann, der Christopher mit dem Auto kostenlos eine weite Strecke mitgenommen hat nachdem Alex, ebenfalls kostenlos, bei ihm gewohnt hat. Er drehte dabei Aufnahmen von den Sehenswürdigkeiten auf dem Weg, und Krakauer, der die Filme gesehen hat, meinte, dass Christopher auf den Filmen oft gedrängt hat, endlich wieder einzusteigen, er möchte schnell weiter fahren. Dann, als er ankam, schrieb er ebenjenem Mann eine Postkarte mit einer Schelte, dass er nicht beim Grand Canyon anhalten wollte, und er solle in Zukunft so leben wie Alexander Supertramp weil sein Leben so nicht lebenswert wäre. Netter Bursche, nicht wahr? Ein anderer Mann hat ihn kostenlos in einem Wohnwagen leben lassen und Alex lässt sich in seinem Tagebuch darüber aus, wie nervig der Alte doch eigentlich ist. Das zieht sich durch das ganze Buch. Krakauer setzt ihm einen Heiligenschein auf, aber eigentlich kommt er nur verwöhnt und undankbar rüber.

Der andere Punkt, den ich schon mal angesprochen habe, ist, dass das Buch absolut nicht linear ist. Mal handelt es davon, wie Christopher bei seinen Eltern lebt, mal, wie er in einer Frittenbude arbeitet, dann springt es hin und her zwischen verschiedenen Personen und Schauplätzen, es war irgendwie bizarr. Nicht unleserlich, aber es hat auch nicht geholfen. Es war, als hätte Krakauer verschiedene Artikel über die selbe Person geschrieben und dann einfach irgendwie zusammen geheftet.

Ich fand seinen Mut bewundernswert, und ich hätte gerne mehr über seine Reise gelesen, aber leider fiel das ziemlich flach. Dabei ist das, was er geleistet hat, in der Tat sehr interessant. Nicht so sehr die Beweggründe, sondern das Leben an sich, das er geführt hat. Vielleicht hat mir das Buch auch deshalb nicht so gut gefallen, weil Krakauer nur nach dem Wieso gesucht hat, nicht nach dem Wie.

Wie auch immer, der Film hat mir besser gefallen. ( )
  Nomnivor | Jan 12, 2017 |
"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." —Chris McCandless

Into The Wild beautifully tells the story of Chris McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp). Chris got tired of civilization and decided to walk into the wild to rediscover what it is to be human. He goes through a series of adventures and trips and works through his goal of reaching Alaska. You get to discover Chris through his journals, highlighted quotes on his books, letters to friends he met on the road & the stories of people who encountered him during his journey.

Chris faces a sad ending but his journey is so inspiring and full of meaning.

"I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!" (Chris' final words & goodbye note) ( )
  d3vr | Dec 28, 2016 |
Into the Wild is a gripping and heartbreaking story told with a journalist’s attention to fact but with an attempt to understand and explain what seems unfathomable. I didn’t want to put it down even though I already knew the outcome. As an avid outdoors-man and adventurer, Krakauer was the perfect man to tell the story of Christopher McCandless’ ill-fated adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. Recommended for fans of biographies and adventures. Try to get the 2015 edition with the new afterward because it contains updated information. Read the book, then watch the movie. ( )
  TheLoopyLibrarian | Oct 31, 2016 |
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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
Palma, Maria HelenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Soares, Pedro MaiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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A portrait of Chris McCandless chronicles his decision to withdraw from society and adopt the persona of Alexander Supertramp, offering insight into his beliefs about the wilderness and his tragic death in the Alaskan wilderness.

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