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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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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 |
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 |
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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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Krakauer, Jonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferrari, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franklin, PhilipNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mijn, Aad van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palma, Maria HelenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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