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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:New York : Anchor Books, [2007]
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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (1996)

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This book is a true account of adventures of Chris Mccandless and is structured and presented beautifully by Jon Krakauer.
As far as rating this book is concerned, I really can't judge a real life story and glorify or undermine it by measuring it with just five or less stars. Neither I am capable of rating a person's life.
Although this story does polarise people opinions about itself and maybe I am also one of them but I will keep my opinion to myself and let you judge yourself after reading it.
But I would definitely want to add that this book has the potential of being a mirror and lens equally to learn some positive and negative things about life and human behaviour.
The story is tragic or seems tragic to the outsiders eye. Though I coined the term 'true account' earlier you should keep in mind that this is not an autobiography so the reader is only left to assume the thoughts and feelings of Chris by the only journal writings he left behind.
Krakauer does a good job of representing the facts and adding anecdotes,quotes of personalities similar to Mccandless and numerous references from Books of Tolstoy and Thoraeu from which Chris was greatly influenced to paint an overall picture which Krakauer wanted to convey to readers.
The writer also adds his own experiences of an adventure he undertook in his youth and tries to compare the line of thought of his and Mccandless to make us understand better what Chris was trying to do.
Not only this book was about Chris but also about the people which he influenced along his journey including his parents. We get to know their memories and opinions about Chris by numerous interviews taken by Krakauer himself.
Final verdict.. I was amazed by the life of Mccandless and if you ask me you should read this book. Its hard to forget this one.
The book was quite readable and is definetely re readable. It is a treasure of unique experiences which we may not have the privelage or the need to experience in our lifetime but yes we can read it and may be may be learn a thing or two.

I'll end this review by a poem
""Wander lust oh wander lust
Inside or outside...
Did you define or did you destroy me...
Does it matter...does it matter if I immensely enjoyed thee.""
  Shivam_Singh | Sep 5, 2015 |
Jon Krakauer does it again. Krakauer has a gift for being able to tell you in the first chapter how the book will end, yet still keep you desperate to know what happens. He always writes about his own experiences or passions, which is part of what makes his books so compelling, but in this book he admits to feeling an emotional kinship with Chris McCandless, and a driving need to get at the answers to the question of "why?" Well researched, well written, and full of heart, this book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. ( )
  bkwurm | Aug 9, 2015 |
Krakauer takes students on a journey across the United States and into the wilds of Alaska. The foibles of the protagonist, Christopher McCandless, allow students a glimpse into the dangers of venturing into the wilderness unprepared. ( )
  Lynchd | Jul 6, 2015 |
It's easy to understand why Krakauer undertook this endeavor, as he clearly sees some of himself in the subject of the story. The book meanders a bit, probably because too many facts aren't available and the saga itself is a bit thin, but it's compensated by the clear passion of the writer. As for McCandless himself, I state unequivocally that he was an unprepared arrogant idiot. He was a socially, philosophically, conservationally talented and intelligent man. His death was a complete waste of an extremely promising existence. A great shame.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
Hay un capitulo de Los Simpsons donde Springfield entero està conmocionado con la noticia de un chico que quedò atrapado en un pozo ; ignorantes , por supuesto , de que era todo Una farsa arreglada por Bart . Fijense en este diàlogo.

Marge: Señor, antes de disfrutar de nuestros alimentos, te pedimos que cuides al pequeño Timmy O’Toole que está en ese pozo…
Bart: Jajajajaja
Marge: Bart, pero qué te pasa?
Homero: Sí! Ese Timmy es todo un héroe!
Lisa: ¿Por qué papá?
Homero: Bueno... se cayó a un pozo… y no puede salir
Lisa: ¿Y eso lo hace un héroe?
Homero: Eso es más de lo que tú has hecho!!!

¿A què voy con eso?

Lo que dice Lisa es lo qu yo pienso de esta historia de "valentia" sobre McCandless.

Si , se muriò en el medio de nada .... ¿Y? ¿Eso lo hace un hèroe? ¿Un Che Guevara acaso? (no tiene nada que ver , pobre , el Che , pero juro que escuchè a muchos imbèciles comparar a Christopher con el revolucionario. Gente ignorante , porsupollo)

Christopher Johnson McCandless se levantò un dìa y se le ocurriò irse al carajo , dejar la familia (pobre la familia ,perder un hijo de esa manera) y la civilizacion . ¿Todo para què? Segùn èl,tenìa que probar que se podìa vivir sin el materialismo y las conveniencias de la vida moderna. Asì que se fue rumbo a Alaska (!) sin casi ninguna posesiòn para demostrar que SI se puede!! Yes we can !

Sòlo que èl no pudo ...

Y se muriò de hambre en el medio de la nada esperando que lo rescataran porque el , tanto que amaba a la naturaleza , no fue capaz de estudiar la zona , prepararse un poco para regresar ni siquiera capaz de llevar un mapa .

Lean nomàs lo que opinò un guardaparques de Alaska : Criticas

A ver, el libro no està mal escrito y , quizàs , si fuese una ficciòn que intenta probar un punto contrario a la idealizaciòn de esta figura totalmente narcisista , quizàs entonces no serìa tan malo .Pero el hecho de que se le`pongan flores a este tipo me parece hasta una falta de respeto a vìctimas que murieron en medio de la nada por circunstancias que no pudieron manejar .

Lo de Christopher , como bien dice el guardaparques , fue suicidio.

Un libro entretenido pero mucho mejor la pelìcula que tiene una fotografìa espectacular y una mùsica maravillosa. ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
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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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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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