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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild (1996)

by Jon Krakauer

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So I read this book before the movie came out, which sparked a mass hysteria for it. I have to say that John's writing romances the story somewhat, but I think that's kind of what Christopher McCandless' life was about in the end...finding that meaning in everything, but finding it his way. It's just a shame that his ignorance was his downfall in the end. To an extend I "drink the Kook-Aid" and understand where he's coming from. I'd love to walk away from the world. But that's just not how things work in reality. I think, in the end, the story walks the line of telling his story maybe as he would while inviting that he was not prepared to test himself on the stampede trail. ( )
  jons0813 | Oct 27, 2018 |
An excellent biography of a young adventurer. I devoured this book in a single afternoon, and am adding the title to my list of favorite books. Krakauer is an incredible writer, as anyone who has read his other books will attest, and this is an enjoyable and thought provoking book, even if a bit sad at points. Extensively researched and masterfully crafted, Krakauer's investigative journalism will never disappoint an inquisitive reader.

Chris McCandless wanted to experience life simply living off the land, which he did for a short time, after many adventures traveling cross-country with very little in the way of money or possessions, and eventually ending his journey in an abandoned bus in the wilderness of Alaska. While he sought to do everything on his own, he did benefit from the help of strangers along the way, reminding us that no man is indeed an island. Some have suggested that ignorance, recklessness, and simply being unprepared led to his ultimate demise, but that conclusion is open to debate. I am not surprised by the many critics of this story, but I am hopelessly admirable of McCandless' philosophy and incredible journey.

This is a book that every free spirit and restless soul needs to read. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
I picked up a copy of this on a recent trip to Alaska which really enhanced the book (having just been very near to where Chris was). This is a great memoir especially when you consider how much effort the author had to go through to piece together an largely undocumented account. This book will make you take a minute to think about how people think and act and if there are leanings for all of us from someone who simply wanted to go into the wild. ( )
  sbenne3 | Aug 19, 2018 |
Oh, this book. Let me start off by saying that I love Jon Krakauer's stuff. He gets it, he writes it, and it just seems to really translate really well with people like me. I appreciated his own insights here and there within the text, adding another outsider's perspective as he investigated the situation like anyone else might have. His narrative is not so overbearing that we feel like we have to see things his way, and, in fact, I'd argue that he does a good job of staying neutral enough that we are not at all persuaded in one direction or the other as to what we should really think about this crazy kid who went 'into the wild,' but we're given the freedoms to come to our own conclusions about those things. I have formed my own opinions about the events and the 'characters' on my own, but, again, appreciated some of Krakauer's insight especially in regards to his own experiences (that I have never had myself).

So, do I think Chris MacCandless was stupid? Absolutely, yes. Did I get the message of, "Drop everything! Sell all your stuff! Live life to the fullest and throw everything out into the wind!"? No, absolutely not. I read this with an open mindset, and sure, I get where Chris was coming from. Sell all your stuff, live freely and unhindered by 'the system.' I get that. He had some passion but also some stupidity and unluckiness in his life.

So, whichever way you want to see it, as far as this RATING goes, I really feel Krakauer did a phenomenal job. The book itself is very enlightening, and whether you take the message as 'Go, be free!' or "Take heed! Let this be a warning!" it is so very much worth the read. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Aug 1, 2018 |
This is a slightly uneven book, but ultimately a very satisfying experience. I found myself at first annoyed by the chapters about the author and other people who had similar experiences to the book's subject, seeing them as padding for page count, but Krakauer drew me in each time and made me appreciate how they did expand on the book's themes. Upon finishing the book, instead of just setting it aside, I found myself compelled to do some research the internet to learn more about Chris McCandless and the controversies surrounding him, this book and the author. I want to see the movie too.

I actually read this book because it was part of my daughter's assigned summer reading for her high school English class. I like to read along to support her and to hopefully find a good book for myself. Into the Wild was paired with [b:The Catcher in the Rye|5107|The Catcher in the Rye|J.D. Salinger|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1398034300s/5107.jpg|3036731], and it was fun to think about parallels and differences between McCandless and Holden Caulfield (e.g., funny hats, a desire to find freedom in the West, pretentiousness, foolishness). I must say, I enjoyed Krakauer's book much more than Salinger's. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
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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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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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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 moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.… (more)

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