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

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I really appreciated the author's parallels of Chris McCandless and other adventurers. He also included his own tale of a harrowing solo climb in Alaska; demonstrating his empathy and understanding of what McCandless was trying to do. The beauty of this book was that the ending didn't matter. Most people already know how it ends but that was not as important as the journey, the back story, and the philosophical underpinnings. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
This book was so fascinating to read that I enjoyed it even more the second time around. I love the way the author pieced together the story with Chris' journal entries and interviews with people who knew him. I also appreciated the historical background provided of previous adventures who met with an ill fate. But what really tied this all together was the author's own adventure streak and near brush with death on a lonely mountain. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
We are all heroes to ourselves. McCandless was, Krakauer is. This doesn't vary. All that varies is how we define heroism and how much, or how little, we are prepared to do to for that stance. Everybody needs to take a look to this book, McCandless story is the story of the inherent human need of nature and freedom.
  Irenepeloseta | Mar 24, 2015 |
The wind rustled the leaves, stirring the resting dirt until it made a tornado of brown ash and creamy sand. His body rested against the interior of the van, a bony structure with clothes draped loosely over his frame. The inside of the bus reeked of rotting and woods, while, just outside, state troopers stood and waited for orders on what to do with the carcass. With their heads hung low, the troopers began to think of the family and friends of the man who had just been found dead, thinking of the little siblings or older cousins, the mother and father of the kid who was too ignorant to be prepared. Little did they know that the young man was not tied to his family but to adventure, to travelling, to being a nomad. They do not know that, later on, this young man's name will find its way on the pages of a book so powerful that it brought tears to people's eyes. The boy’s name, Chris McCandless, has etched its way into the best-selling book, “Into the Wild”, by Jon Krakauer.
“Into the Wild” follows the two-year journey of Chris McCandless making his way to the Alaskan wilderness. It switches from excerpts from Chris’ journal that was found with him, along with stories from the people he met along the way. Many of the people felt emotionally connected to McCandless, some referring to him as a son they never had, others calling him a friend that they loved. The author, Krakauer, who is also famous for “Into Thin Air”, a critically acclaimed novel written about the most deadly season of climbing Mt. Everest at the time, dedicated much of his time to getting the correct interpretation of the life of Chris, it being noticeable to how much detail is in the book. Krakauer, an adventurer at heart, retraced McCandless’ every step, meeting the same people and piecing together everything he had done. He researched into causes of death, going against the idea of starvation and beginning the belief of a different cause, poisoning.
Overall, the book does not compare to the beautiful “Into Thin Air”. I don’t know if it was because the idea of Jon Krakauer basically writing a biography, which I have never been a particular fan of, or if the book just seemed to drag on, almost as if it had too much detail. I award Jon for being able to be so in depth with everything, from meeting the people to including quotes from other travellers who McCandless strived to be, but it sometimes seemed to be a bit much. I loved how the author incorporated the final letters Chris wrote to his friends, and how he made connections to the scenery when he visited the same places that he had months before. The book itself was written beautifully, just like “Into Thin Air”, and maybe I shouldn’t have read his later work first, but “Into the Wild” put a bad taste in my mouth due to its lack of connection between McCandless and Krakauer because it was not like Jon knew Chris personally, therefore seemed not worthy to write such a piece about him and his lifestyle.
  TaSaBr14 | Mar 5, 2015 |
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 |
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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
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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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