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Nelle terre estreme (1996)

by Jon Krakauer, Laura Ferrari (Translator), Sabrina Zung (Translator)

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Member:Kua
Title:Nelle terre estreme
Authors:Jon Krakauer
Other authors:Laura Ferrari (Translator), Sabrina Zung (Translator)
Info:Corbaccio (2008), Hardcover, Exploits
Collections:Read, Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Non-Fiction

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Krakauer presents an even-handed portrayal of Chris Mccandleuss, a young man who stopped communicating with his family and walked into the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992 to live off the land. Chris is presented as a smart, likable kid but also as a naive idealist who would have survived his ordeal by just bringing a map. Everyone he met liked him but he shied away from lasting personal relationships and essentially turned his back on his family, including the younger sister with whom he had no argument or issues. Krakauer's style is a little stilted at times but he succeeds in explaining the personality of young men who strive to leave the developed world behind and challenge themselves physically and mentally in the natural world. Many readers will sympathize with Chris; others will chide him for his folly, ego, and selfishness. ( )
  bookappeal | Feb 24, 2015 |
This (along with the movie) was probably the final push I needed to send me into my own travels to Central America to find a different way of life. The entire length of the novel I envied the protagonist, not only for his sense of adventure and courage, but for his self-liberation from all the responsibilities and frivolities of everyday life as it is now known in our culture. ( )
  ReverendMoon | Jan 26, 2015 |
Jon Krakauer writes extremely readable and vastly entertaining accounts of exploration and non-fiction adventure. Into Thin Air, his account of a disastrous expedition to Mount Everest, was one of the most captivating non-fiction stories I’ve ever encountered.

This is the story of Chris McCandless, a confused young man, who abandoned his life and family for a life on the fringes of society before electing to spend the summer of 1992 in the Alaska wilderness. It is a fascinating story, as told by a masterful writer, but suffers from a simple dearth of information.

This story was first told in the form of a magazine article and was subsequently “beefed up” and put into book form. The result is a 200 page book which can easily be read in a single 3-4 hour session. And of the 200 pages, less than 150 pages deals with McCandless. Each chapter opens with a selection of quotes from books favored by McCandless, from such authors as Tolstoy, Thoreau, Pasternak, etc.). In addition several chapters deal not with McCandless, but with others whose experience the author parallels. These include Everett Ruess, the Franklin Expedition and the author’s own Alaskan experience.

I read the novel Finding Everett Ruess, the account of a Depression era teenager who disappeared into the Arizona Desert. The two stories certainly bear a strong resemblance; both young men electing to live a life of solitude and asceticism and both paying the ultimate price for their self absorption, naivety and lack of preparation.

While the author strives mightily to put a positive spin to McCandless’s story (inasmuch as he sees himself in MCandless’s personal background and many of his actions and beliefs), I find it hard to get past the cold and calculating manner in which he discarded and tortured his family members through his thoughtless behavior. A person who made it a point to frequently write and communicate with numerous vagabonds and virtual strangers could not be bothered to let his mother and father know he was even alive.

This is an entertaining and enlightening morsel. A magazine article disguised as a book. ( )
  santhony | Jan 25, 2015 |
I don't know what I expected when I picked this book up, but it certainly is an adventure into the strange, sometimes unexpected mind of Chris McCandless. Krakauer does a wonderful job getting to the boy's head, and explaining, at least in part some of the method to his madness. It made me mad at times, to read about the carelessness with which McCandless ran headlong into his Alaskan debacle; at the same time I was intrigued and sympathetic to some of those same actions. It is a story you must read to understand, and one I would recommend to those that enjoy factual and strikingly narrative reads. It's a good conversation piece, and one I would consider for a book club or at least something to discuss over dinner. ( )
  morgtini | Jan 6, 2015 |
Christopher McCandless leaves his entire world including college, money, friends, and family behind in oder to backpack his way to Alaska without any previous experience. I like this book because it ties in stories of others who did similar risks as Christopher. This man did this stupid courageous thing and it makes a great story. I would give this book to sixth graders because it might be a little too hard for fifth and under grades to follow. ( )
  jordyngingeryan | Dec 9, 2014 |
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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
Palma, Maria HelenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Soares, Pedro MaiaTranslatorsecondary 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.
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307387178, Paperback)

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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