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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 ofInto 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 McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.


    ISBN 9780385486804
    Genre TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
    Format Paperback
    Publisher Date 1997-02-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Anchor Books
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.5 in
    Unit weight 0.4 lb
    Language English
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Krakauer, Jon
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
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    • An interesting read and sad story.
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      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.

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    • Being drawn "Into The Wild"
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      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!

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    • Great title
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      I can relate to the book a lot. Hands down better than the movie!

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    • Poorly written
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      It's a interesting story but it was very poorly written and that makes it a tedious read. I have found that columnists don't necessarily do well with writing novels, different animal I guess. There are always exceptions to a rule, but this isn't one of them. I suggest the movie, it covered the story well and left nothing out.

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    • Exciting book
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      Learned a lot about geography.

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    • Great Book!
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      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.

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    • 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.

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