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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), Paperback, 224 pages
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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (1996)

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This is Jon Krakauer's famous study of Chris "Alex" McCandless, a young man who rejected his wealthy family and much of civilization in general in favor of a life on the road and in the wilderness. In 1992, he realized his ultimate goal of retreating to the Alaskan wild to live off the land, only to die of starvation there a few months later.

It's a sensitive examination of a complex life and an unfortunate death. And while Krakauer writes with real sympathy for McCandless, he leaves it very much up to the reader to form their own option of the guy. Was he a naive, reckless dumbass with more fancy philosophical thoughts than common sense, who had no business being where he was, as under-prepared as he was? Or was he a smart, sensitive, thoughtful guy carrying on a long tradition of seeking personal insight through contact with the wild, who died more because he was unlucky than because he was dumb or arrogant? Or was he both? Me, I think I'm going to go with both, but it's a surprisingly complex and thought-provoking question to ponder.

And Krakauer's writing as he invites us to ponder these things is good. He jumps back and forth from time to time and topic to topic: re-tracing McCandless's steps on his journey, filling in his backstory, discussing other people who disappeared in the wilderness in similar ways, even recounting a story from Krakauer's own youth that he feels gives him some insight into McCandless's thinking. All of this hopping around could easily have become confusing or mildly annoying, but somehow it instead works very well. And Krakauer has an excellent instinct for when to offer up his own thoughts and relevant experiences, and when to remove himself from the story and let his subject matter speak for itself. ( )
  bragan | May 24, 2017 |
I read this book to try and understand the need for people to voluntarily place themselves in danger and I still don't get it. Chris McCandless faced survival in the desert and the Alaskan wilderness unfit for the challenge. I tried my hardest to feel the need he felt but it is not in me. ( )
  mamzel | May 5, 2017 |
Jon Krakauer adds much to McCandless's story by looking not only at McCandless's life pre- and post-exodus, but by also looking at the stories of other adventurers and at some of the psychological aspects (though Krakauer's a journalist, not a psychologist) of this sort of flight from society. ( )
  little-gidding | Apr 13, 2017 |
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 |
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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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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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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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