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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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Boy gives up possessions, travels—

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a party of moose hunters. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.
  christinejoseph | Jun 25, 2016 |
Interesting - but not, I'm afraid, as insightful as the author would like it to be. While he thinks his own experience, similar to McCandless's, qualifies him to write this story, I think it might actually be a problem. He knows the (admittedly deeply profound) feelings too well to convey them or explain their origins. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Jun 23, 2016 |
Such a fantastic book, so very real and made all the more so by the insertions by Krakauer of how his adventures in the wild paralleled those of young Chris.

While there is controversy about what really happened in Alaska, including reports by homeowners in the Alaskan wilderness that Chris broke into their summer homes, the courage of a young man from a well-to-do family to chuck it all and go adventuring is a modern-day fairy tale. His bravado and lack of total research end up costing him his life, as he has never learned to dry meat and does not have accurate maps for returning across a raging river. Must have been tough, and the movie does his life's ending justice. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
This book was very interesting and is a book that is hard to put down. it conveys a journey that the main character leads. he lives in the wild with just a small bag and the book is on his survival and preparation into the wild. The power journey is based on a true story which is also very interesting and makes the book just that much more captivating. i really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to teens and adults the book is a from his journal that the wrote while being in the woods. he loved his time in the woods away from people and was happy with his adventure until the end.
  maggiesimonetti | Jun 8, 2016 |
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer was my audio book for work last week. It tells the tale of Christopher McCandless, a young man from a well-off family who decides to live of the grid for a while. He donates his college savings to charity, burns the cash he has on hand, and starts his two year trek around the country, eventually hoping to live off the wilderness in Alaska. Along the way, he befriends many people, works, travels, but primarily keeps to himself and never speaks to his family again.

This book starts off great. I have always been intrigued by the way people think and what makes them tick. What makes a person decide to leave his family, his hopes of education, his whole life, to drop out of society? That is fascinating to me. Christopher's story is fascinating, though it has a heart-breaking end. The reader finds this out at the beginning of the book though, so it's really not a spoiler for me to put it here.

That being said, the middle to end of the book was a bit disappointing. Krakauer strays a bit from McCandless's story, to tell about other people who decided to take similar paths as Christopher. The author himself tells about his own struggles and how he once took some time off from society. While slightly interesting, I was invested in the story of Christopher, and didn't like the detour off to other's experiences. ( )
  pennylane78 | Jun 6, 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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Krakauer, Jonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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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