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Into the Wild (Paperback)

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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 h......more

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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.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.

Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naivete, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCa...

Author:
Krakauer, Jon
Genre:
TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
Audience:
General/trade
Edition:
1
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Publish Date:
02/01/1997
ISBN:
9780385486804
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.4 lb
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  • An interesting read and sad story.

    I suppose this book has been reviewed thousands of times since Sean Penn decided to make a film of the story. Haven't seen the movie. I read the book years ago and gave this recent copy to a friend who HAD seen the film. I remember that the book left me with a sense of desolation and waste. The young man had heroic ambitions and an idealism that disdained practical considerations -- such as having a map -- that ultimately led to his slow death from poisoning. I'm not sure that his quest was admirable, or worthy of a book and film. He indulged in one of those misguided and reckless efforts to discover who he was, and those quests almost always come to unfortunate endings.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Being drawn "Into The Wild"

    I recently saw the movie directed by Sean Penn and remembered reading the book a few years ago having loaned it from a friend. She claimed it as one of her favorite books. For me the movie brought up so many memories from the book, but I personally couldn't remember them as well. After viewing the movie I jumped right online to find that Overstock was the cheapest price I could find. Not only that but in perfect condition, Brand New! Once I received my package in the mail I started reading. This book draws you into the life of Chris McCandless told very eloquently through author Jon Krakauer. Jon took a year or so of researching people Chris hitchhiked with, ran into, or worked with and basically drew a two year "journey line" from A to B. Point B being Alaska where Chris would finally fulfill his dream of living in and off of the wild. His passion is inspiring, his struggles heartfelt and his story all-to familiar symbolically for many of us. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to reach out of their bubble. We don't all need to move to Alaska with nothing to our name, but maybe we can change something in our everyday lives that will help us look beyond our dull exteriors. My first change was buying this book. I look forward to where that takes me!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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  • Great Book!

    This is a great read for another who enjoys the outdoors, traveling, or otherwise. I have read this book many times, and bought many copies because I have lent them to family and friends to never get them back.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    thegeneral05 from Albany, Georgia, Dec 4, 2011

  • Could be better

    After I read this book, I had to re-read it. Not for its plethora of information or the descriptive scenes. I re-read it to see if the grammar errors and bad wording were in my head, or if they were actually printed in the book. The book isn't well written, and the information about McCandless' death is based on opinion rather than fact. When I looked into the book a little more, I saw that they had to re-release the book because parts of the first edition were scientifically proved wrong. Even in the latest edition, one specific part has been questioned many times and even discredited. Even though the book had many errors, it wasn't bad enough to the point where I put it down, or threw it across the room. A few parts of the book were well written and illustrative. I'm glad they included some of McCandless' journal and interviews from people who knew him. It made McCandless seem real to me. The book is emotional, interesting, and exciting at certain times, but the fact that the author based McCandless' death on assumption and called it a fact, really brings its value down for me.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Exactly
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Relative
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    fubuki123 from Oahu, HI, Oct 19, 2011

  • Wonderful Book

    Pros: Excellent, life changing book. Can't stop talking about it.Packaging was perfect. Cons:It took a long time for the book to arrive and shipping info was only available the day it arrived.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Pretty Accurate
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very Accurate description
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Great Condition
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    avid2read from New York, NY, Aug 16, 2011

  • Into The Wild

    An incredible yet extremely sad story, but so, so interesting. I have already recommended it to many, many people.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    maldud from CA, Jan 12, 2008

  • Into the Wild

    I saw the movie--which was excellent, and just had to read the book. Of course the book was even better!!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    masuco from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Dec 31, 2007

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