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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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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 |
Soon after graduating from university in 1990 Chris McCandless gave away most of his belongings and cash and set out on on an adventure with the name Alexander Supertramp, taken from The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W.H. Davies. If the books he carried are any indication, he obviously admired Davies as well as Jack London, Tolstoy and Henry David Thoreau. His goal was to live simply, own little or nothing and experience a spiritual, ascetic life. After travelling around in the US, and working in casual jobs to earn just enough to get by, this friendly, amiable young man set off on a solitary adventure in Alaska, reaching his destination in April 1992. He took shelter in an abandoned bus and for a while lived on berries and small game. When he attempted to hike out of the area he found he was trapped by a river in flood. He returned to the shelter of the bus where he eventually became severely weakened after apparently eating poisonous seeds. He died there in August 1992. His body was found by hunters 19 days later. Krakauer investigated the life and death of Chris McCandless thoroughly, which brought about this excellent account of the young man who loved solitary adventure. Maybe it was because Krakauer shared that love, described in a chapter of the book, and survived some perilous situations himself, that he was able to understand McCandless's temperament and goals. His story was written with compassion and sensitivity, a fine tribute to Chris. ( )
  VivienneR | Oct 11, 2016 |
Way better than the movie... ( )
  sszkutak | Sep 28, 2016 |
Really interesting and sad story about a very upright, sympathetic and confused boy. If it wasn't for a very unfortunate and unlucky circumstance he would, in my mind, become a successful and happy man. ( )
  parp | Aug 29, 2016 |
I put this book off for along time because I thought I knew the ending, little did I know that was only the beginning. A highly enjoyable read. ( )
  supermanboidy | Aug 22, 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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Ferrari, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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