Into the Wild

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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 ...
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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 naiveté, 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.

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In mid-1992, Christopher McCandless trekked alone into the Alaska wilds. One hundred and nineteen days later, he was dead, a victim of starvation. What caused this young Emory University graduate to abandon his friends, family, and money for a perilous life in the far north wilderness was the subject of a bestselling 1996 Jon Krakauer book and the popular 2007 film that shared its title. A featured trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Portland Oregonian
Haunting...few outdoor writers can match Krakauer for bringing outside adventure to life on the page.
San Francisco Chronicle
Compelling and tragic...Hard to put down.
Entertainment Weekly
It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness. Four months later, he turned up dead. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to survive, apparently stranded by an injury and slowly starving. They also reflect the posturing of a confused young man, raised in affluent Annandale, Virginia, who self-consciously adopted a Tolstoyan renunciation of wealth and return to nature. Krakauer, a contributing editor to Outside and Men's Journal, retraces McCandless' ill-fated antagonism toward his father, Walt, an eminent aerospace engineer. Krakauer also draws parallels to his own reckless youthful exploit in 1977, when he climbed Devils Thumb, a mountain on the Alaska-British Columbia border, partly as a symbolic act of rebellion against his autocratic father. In a moving narrative, Krakauer probes the mystery of McCandless' death, which he attributes to logistical blunders and to accidental poisoning from eating toxic seed pods.
The New York Times
Terrifying...eloquent...A heart-rending drama of human yearning.
The Washington Post
Gripping stuff...a detailed narrative of arresting force.
LA Times Book Review
Engrossing...with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man.
Voice Literary Supplement
A clear refinement of character, spirit, peace.
The Portland Oregonian
Haunting...few outdoor writers can match Krakauer for bringing outside adventure to life on the page.
The Seattle Times
Riveting...an absorbing story.
From the Publisher
"Terrifying...Eloquent...A heart-rending drama of human yearning."
New York Times

"A narrative of arresting force.  Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look.  It's gripping stuff."
Washington Post

"Compelling and tragic...Hard to put down."  
San Francisco Chronicle

"Engrossing...with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man."
Los Angeles Times Book Review

"It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order."
Entertainment Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385486804
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 474
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Krakauer is the author of Under the Banner of Heaven, Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, and Into Thin Air and is editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.
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THE ALASKA INTERIOR

April 27th, 1992

Greetings from Fairbanks! This is the last you shall hear from me, Wayne. Arrived here 2 days ago. It was very difficult to catch rides in the Yukon Territory. But I finally got here.

Please return all mail I receive to the sender. It might be a very long time before I return South. If this adventure proves fatal and you don't ever hear from me again I want you to know you're a great man. I now walk into the wild. --Alex.

(Postcard received by Wayne Westerberg in Carthage, South Dakota.)

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. He didn't appear to be very old: eighteen, maybe nineteen at most. A rifle protruded from the young man's backpack, but he looked friendly enough; a hitchhiker with a Remington semiautomatic isn't the sort of thing that gives motorists pause in the forty-ninth state. Gallien steered his truck onto the shoulder and told the kid to climb in.

The hitchhiker swung his pack into the bed of the Ford and introduced himself as Alex. "Alex?" Gallien responded, fishing for a last name.

"Just Alex," the young man replied, pointedly rejecting the bait. Five feet seven or eight with a wiry build, he claimed to be twenty-four years old and said he was from South Dakota. He explained that he wanted a ride as far as the edge of Denali National Park, where he intended to walk deep into the bush and "live off the land for a few months."

Gallien, a union electrician, was on his way to Anchorage, 240 miles beyond Denali on the George Parks Highway; he told Alex he'd drop him off wherever he wanted. Alex's backpack looked as though it weighed only twenty-five or thirty pounds, which struck Gallien--an accomplished hunter and woodsman--as an improbably light load for a stay of several months in the backcountry, especially so early in the spring. "He wasn't carrying anywhere near as much food and gear as you'd expect a guy to be carrying for that kind of trip," Gallien recalls.

The sun came up. As they rolled down from the forested ridges above the Tanana River, Alex gazed across the expanse of windswept muskeg stretching to the south. Gallien wondered whether he'd picked up one of those crackpots from the lower forty-eight who come north to live out ill-considered Jack London fantasies. Alaska has long been a magnet for dreamers and misfits, people who think the unsullied enormity of the Last Frontier will patch all the holes in their lives. The bush is an unforgiving place, however, that cares nothing for hope or longing.

"People from Outside," reports Gallien in a slow, sonorous drawl, "they'll pick up a copy of Alaska magazine, thumb through it, get to thinkin' 'Hey, I'm goin' to get on up there, live off the land, go claim me a piece of the good life.' But when they get here and actually head out into the bush--well, it isn't like the magazines make it out to be. The rivers are big and fast. The mosquitoes eat you alive. Most places, there aren't a lot of animals to hunt. Livin' in the bush isn't no picnic."

It was a two-hour drive from Fairbanks to the edge of Denali Park. The more they talked, the less Alex struck Gallien as a nutcase. He was congenial and seemed well educated. He peppered Gallien with thoughtful questions about the kind of small game that live in the country, the kinds of berries he could eat--"that kind of thing."

Still, Gallien was concerned. Alex admitted that the only food in his pack was a ten-pound bag of rice. His gear seemed exceedingly minimal for the harsh conditions of the interior, which in April still lay buried under the winter snowpack. Alex's cheap leather hiking boots were neither waterproof nor well insulated. His rifle was only .22 caliber, a bore too small to rely on if he expected to kill large animals like moose and caribou, which he would have to eat if he hoped to remain very long in the country. He had no ax, no bug dope, no snowshoes, no compass. The only navigational aid in his possession was a tattered state road map he'd scrounged at a gas station.

A hundred miles out of Fairbanks the highway begins to climb into the foothills of the Alaska Range. As the truck lurched over a bridge across the Nenana River, Alex looked down at the swift current and remarked that he was afraid of the water. "A year ago down in Mexico," he told Gallien, "I was out on the ocean in a canoe, and I almost drowned when a storm came up."

A little later Alex pulled out his crude map and pointed to a dashed red line that intersected the road near the coal-mining town of Healy. It represented a route called the Stampede Trail. Seldom traveled, it isn't even marked on most road maps of Alaska. On Alex's map, nevertheless, the broken line meandered west from the Parks Highway for forty miles or so before petering out in the middle of trackless wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. This, Alex announced to Gallien, was where he intended to go.

Gallien thought the hitchhiker's scheme was foolhardy and tried repeatedly to dissuade him: "I said the hunting wasn't easy where he was going, that he could go for days without killing any game. When that didn't work, I tried to scare him with bear stories. I told him that a twenty-two probably wouldn't do anything to a grizzly except make him mad. Alex didn't seem too worried. 'I'll climb a tree' is all he said. So I explained that trees don't grow real big in that part of the state, that a bear could knock down one of them skinny little black spruce without even trying. But he wouldn't give an inch. He had an answer for everything I threw at him."

Gallien offered to drive Alex all the way to Anchorage, buy him some decent gear, and then drive him back to wherever he wanted to go.

"No, thanks anyway,"Alex replied, "I'll be fine with what I've got."

Gallien asked whether he had a hunting license.

"Hell, no," Alex scoffed. "How I feed myself is none of the government's business. Fuck their stupid rules."

When Gallien asked whether his parents or a friend knew what he was up to--whether there was anyone who would sound the alarm if he got into trouble and was overdue Alex answered calmly that no, nobody knew of his plans, that in fact he hadn't spoken to his family in nearly two years. "I'm absolutely positive," he assured Gallien, "I won't run into anything I can't deal with on my own."

"There was just no talking the guy out of it," Gallien remembers. "He was determined. Real gung ho. The word that comes to mind is excited. He couldn't wait to head out there and get started."

Three hours out of Fairbanks, Gallien turned off the highway and steered his beat-up 4 x 4 down a snow-packed side road. For the first few miles the Stampede Trail was well graded and led past cabins scattered among weedy stands of spruce and aspen. Beyond the last of the log shacks, however, the road rapidly deteriorated. Washed out and overgrown with alders, it turned into a rough, unmaintained track.

In summer the road here would have been sketchy but passable; now it was made unnavigable by a foot and a half of mushy spring snow. Ten miles from the highway, worried that he'd get stuck if he drove farther, Gallien stopped his rig on the crest of a low rise. The icy summits of the highest mountain range in North America gleamed on the southwestern horizon.

Alex insisted on giving Gallien his watch, his comb, and what he said was all his money: eighty-five cents in loose change. "I don't want your money," Gallien protested, "and I already have a watch."

"If you don't take it, I'm going to throw it away," Alex cheerfully retorted. "I don't want to know what time it is. I don't want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters."

Before Alex left the pickup, Gallien reached behind the seat, pulled out an old pair of rubber work boots, and persuaded the boy to take them. "They were too big for him," Gallien recalls. "But I said, 'Wear two pair of socks, and your feet ought to stay halfway warm and dry.'"

"How much do I owe you?"

"Don't worry about it," Gallien answered. Then he gave the kid a slip of paper with his phone number on it, which Alex carefully tucked into a nylon wallet.

"If you make it out alive, give me a call, and I'll tell you how to get the boots back to me."

Gallien's wife had packed him two grilled-cheese-and-tuna sandwiches and a bag of corn chips for lunch; he persuaded the young hitchhiker to accept the food as well. Alex pulled a camera from his backpack and asked Gallien to snap a picture of him shouldering his rifle at the trailhead. Then, smiling broadly, he disappeared down the snow-covered track. The date was Tuesday, April 28, 1992.

Gallien turned the truck around, made his way back to the Parks Highway, and continued toward Anchorage. A few miles down the road he came to the small community of Healy, where the Alaska State Troopers maintain a post. Gallien briefly considered stopping and telling the authorities about Alex, then thought better of it. "I figured he'd be OK," he explains. "I thought he'd probably get hungry pretty quick and just walk out to the highway. That's what any normal person would do."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    speaks to the desire for freedom from humanity's B.S

    No real lessons learned here, but for those who have found themselves thrown in with this thing that calls itself humanity, and find that their crude and cruel nature make them feel an outcast and leave them with the desire to separate from the human race anyway possible.....they understand. Personally I don't think he was that disappointed with the outcome of the decision he made. He couldn't submit to societies level of nonsense and the jerks who promote it (like all the rest of us spineless cowards do). Ultimately he achieved what he was searching for.......Freedom from the BS that is humanity. For all of you who criticize him...... all I can say is at least he doesn't have to put up with you, your B.S. or people like you anymore. Hopefully he has found a place that doesn't stink of ignorance, violence, self love, and material worship as planet earth does. Man, I here ya Chris.

    19 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

    Haunting

    I think a person generally falls under two categories after reading this book: those that dismiss Chris McCandless as a nut, an idiot, an arrogant naive kid. And then those that see Chris McCandless as a hero of sorts, a person to greatly admire. I fall into the latter category, but not because I think he was infallible. I acknowledge his faults, but I find so much to admire about the journey he undertook and the courage he had to make his dreams happen. Krakauer's writing is arresting, absorbing, you feel like you are right there with the figures in the story. I say "story" loosely because this is not a work of fiction. Chris's family is out there, still grieving over the enormous pain he left for them to endure. That this is a true story that happened not long ago makes it all the more haunting. It stayed with me months after reading it. There will be those that brush off this story with cynicism. But at the heart, this is a story about a young man who would settle for nothing less than the full realization of his dreams - to go out into the wild alone and challenge himself against God and nature. I would say this book changed my life. It woke me up and made me realize I wasn't living my life to the fullest. Thank you Mr. Krakauer for this masterpiece.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Into The Wild

    This book had a very powerful underlying message. For Chris it wasn't about going into the Alaskan wilderness with all of his loving posessions. He was seeking answers about where he was in his life and what it meant. I felt a strong connection to Chris in many ways. I feel that I have the same strong will and guts of steel that he posessed. Jon Krakauer kept me intently flipping the pages as I learned the story of Chris McCandless.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    Inspiring story about letting go of the daily grind and giving u

    Inspiring story about letting go of the daily grind and giving up everything to taste life in the wilderness. At it's heart, into the wild, like every adventure, is a spiritual quest for life's true meaning. Wonderful book and movie.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    His defenders make the stupidest arguments

    First of all I've become quite insulted by the way his defenders try to belittle people who find his story critical. One such reviewer said that most people who view McCandless negatively are in grade 8 and do not understand the meaning of life. The truth is, most people who critisize McCandless have a deep respect for life which is why we would never trek into a dangerous environment with intentionally no provisions and not even bother to call our families to see how were doing. So who are people who remain critical of McCandless's story? I'll give you a portrait. One such man is a TV producer. He 30, married with a baby daughter. He is adventurous: he came to Canada from Serbia. He plans someday to visit Antartica. He values his life and the lives of people around him. He has made an independent name for himself. That is the portrait of someone who critisizes McCandless. Chances are the most who admkire him are under 25 and have never been to a children's cancer ward. Anyway, let's get to the book. The book seeks to glorify and render the actions of what can only be described as a troubled youth. Chris was not out to become independent and adventurous. And his story in no way relates to that of the author. First of all, lots of youth want to become independent and explore the world. But I don't find anything independent about a boy who doesn't work and depends on the kindness of strangers to survive. Secondly, this was not a young man on a great adventure. This was a suicide mission. Most young people, including myself, set off on adventures to get back alive. We make plans to survive the environment we trek into. This was boy who went into the Alaskan tundra without shelter, without food and without a map to find his way out. Is that adventurous or suicidal? The author is romantisizing a angry and self-destructive youth. This not a healthy message for young people who think that they are above nature and everyone they love around them. For the story of a truly heroic, independent and adventurous young man who truly valued life, consider a read about Terry Fox.

    10 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2010

    Not as Good as Into Thin Air

    I was hoping this book would be similar to Into Thin Air in that you couldn't put it down. I could. The beginning and end were good, but the middle dragged on. Interesting story but will probably not re-read or recommend it to too many people.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    marching to your own beat

    this book is for anyone who belives you don't have to follow the crowd. for anyone who has an imiganation and has desired to explore life "outside the box".

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    Currently Reading Into The Wild

    Okay so a friend of mine saw the movie, and said it was pretty great. So silly me; thought books are usually better than the movie so I'll start there.BAD decision. I must admit that I skipped about 20 - 30 pages once I got to the middle of the book; I found them extremely hard to read for a lack of relevance. I don't care about the author's story, I didn't buy this book to read about you, and how you think your story relates to that of Chris. Aside from that going solely on his telling of Chris' story I find the book to be fairly interesting. I'm not fond of Jon's writing style, I believe that if he had written it in a different way more readers would have been able to enjoy Chris' story, and perhaps be a little less critical of him. Don't get me wrong, Chris has done some pretty crazy and at times insensitive things (remember I'm still reading the book); still his story could be a great one. You don't have to agree with what he did or how he went about it to enjoy, relate to, feel for his story.
    So I'm just hoping that I'm able to finish reading Into the Wild so that I may finally be able to enjoy and feel for Chris' story.

    5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    Not That Good

    I am in 8th Grade and I read this book I didn't like it because who in the world would come up here to Ak and go out into the wilderness not knowing what they are doing and try to survive on their own.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

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    The Death of An Innocent

    Innocent. Young. Brilliant. Visionary. Complicated. Stubborn. Christopher Johnson McCandless¿s personality was enriched with all of these characteristics. John Krakauer¿s novel Into the Wild, tells the tale of this unorthodox young man as he departs on a hitchhiking voyage across the country, to the desolate area of northern Mt. McKinley. Immediately after graduating with honors from Emory University, McCandless leaves behind all his parents¿ ambition, most of his possessions, and his twenty-four thousand dollar savings to charity. He invents a new life for himself, and presents the determination of finding a raw and conceptual adventure. His family does not know what has become of him until, in 1992, a group of hunters discovered his starved and decomposed corpse. Krakauer pursued many of the individuals that interacted with McCandless, researched journal entries, postcards, and photographs, and even interrupts the story with his own youth narratives, to obtain a view on the controversy that the public generated on the different motives and psychological state of McCandless¿s mind. This exposure into the deeper meanings of his intentions satisfied the hunger and attraction that Krakauer and many other individuals developed when they heard McCandless¿s story. The author expressed many underlying discoveries as well, like the fascination that American minds have with nature, the excitement of risky actions young men feel, and the effects of father-son bonds as he journeyed through the life of McCandless. Into the Wild displayed the excitement of adventure, and used it to tell a real-life event. Anyone who likes adventure, drama, or philosophizing would enjoy reading this book. It is a fantastic change to read something that makes everyone think, and establish different opinions throughout the story. Krakuaer¿s novel provides a scoop of reality along with the pull that fiction has on readers. It also included little details that made an impact on what Krakauer was trying to convey to his audience. However, those who like to become truly engrossed in a book may fail to locate that in Into the Wild. It fell just short of being an amazing book due to a lack of construction in the plot, and having that certain surprise that hooks the reader. There was no ¿giving away the ending,¿ or even ¿emotion that touches the soul.¿ One must remember though that Into the Wild is a non-fiction book, and overall, a great one at that.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Amazing book

    I loved this book, you could literally feel the emotion when you read it and its touching. This is definitely my favorite, it's inspired me in so many ways, His love for the wild and just wanting to escape society was a no news flash cause there's people now wanting to do the same. The story of Christopher McCandless is a great story to tell and this book narrows his adventure down. Of course I would recommend this to anyone it's great and you will not be disappointed.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Glad I didn't buy this

    This book was a gift. It's the story of an immature kid who decides to ignore all warnings and common sense and heads to Alaska to get killed by bears.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    live near the bus

    i live fairly close to where he did and somewhat from alaska....its a great book regardless of how nieve he was....loved the book

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    A Book Worth Reading

    Although the story of Christopher McCandless, AKA Alexander Supertramp, is a tale known to many, this book takes it to a whole new level. After writing an article in Outsider Magazine about McCandless' untimely demise in the Alaskan wilderness, there was much controversy surrounding McCandless' mental state and motives. The author, Jon Krakauer tracks down and interviews many individuals McCandless interacted with during his years hitchhiking across the country. Through numerous interviews and letters, Krakauer strings together a synthetic Chris McCandless, a description with such depth the reader almost feels as if they knew the young man before his untimely death. Krakauer produces ruminations surrounding McCandless' motives and feelings while trekking across the country to fulfill his dream of a "Great Alaskan Odyssey." Insights surrounding McCandless' death change misconceptions surrounding his death, McCandless may not have been as ill-equipped for such an undertaking as may have been thought. The introduction and background given about McCandless make the beginning of the book very interesting, and although the bulk of the book, conveying McCandless' travels gets kind of repetitive, the book Is tied together nicely, recounting his death in the wild.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Hard to put down

    Very well written and researched. I found it very hard to put down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2009

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    Chris McCandless is Stupendous

    This is heart renching tale of a man who disownes his parents and leaves all of his belongings in the dust...literally. Chirstopher "Supertramp" McCandless is a lost soul who wonders into the valley of the lost minds. On the way he discovers who the real Chris is. Unfortunatly Chris becomes powerless against the wilderness and struggles for his life.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    Highly Recomended

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer tells the hauntingly beautiful tale of young Chris McCandless' life as he leaves college, and all the aspirations of his family, behind to pursue a life of wandering. Following him around the country to some of the greatest landmarks America is blessed to posses, it chronicles his adventures through interviews, his own journals and photographs, and the letters and postcard he sent to those whom he held dear as he makes his way around America living, for the majority of his time, out of his backpack, with minimal money, the clothes on his back, and the brian in his head. It is masterfully written in both the first, second, and third person from the perspectives of many people, people he went to school with, lived with, stayed with, traveled with, and all whom he marked with his unique and bright mark. The book begins with the end in some cases, as the very first chapters chronicle his death, then jump back two years to his college graduation, the start of an odessey. This is why the book struck me so deeply, because for me it was a metaphor for life, that even when you are gone, the end for you may simply be the beginning for some other woul who will chase you to the ends of the Earth to find out your story. Also, I was struck by Chris himself, and how much he pushes himself, enduring hardships voluntarily that others woudl not dare to comprehend on their own. Into the Wild was a masterful art piece that should be cherished and read by every boy between the ages of 12 and 20 who has a free, wandering spirit.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    Awesome book

    Jon Krakauer really did a swell job with this book Into the Wild. He had extensive research and interviewed the McCandless family. The book was great from beginning to end. The only downside I would see to this book is that the middle was dragging too much. I think Mr. Krakauer was trying to prove a point, but I started to get bored after Waterman and McCunn. In a way it made me read faster so I could get back to the part about Chris McCandless. I also liked how he had all those maps to show where Chris was on his trip. The best thing I found about this book was the many journal entries that Mr. Krakauer added to the book to show us exactly how Chris was feeling and what his thoughts were. I also liked the little passages that started every chapter. It must've taken a ton of effort and perseverance to take all those little passages and put them in the right chapter. Jon Krakauer has done quality research that makes this book both interesting and accurate. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

    An incredible read!!!!

    This is a book that will keep you one the edge of your seat. It's a great book to discuss! I would HIGHLY recommend reading it. This book is thought provoking in every sense of the term and makes you question your own life. It makes you question the steps that you have taken in your own life in order to achieve something. Read this book! You won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2010

    HORRIBLE!!!

    This was one of the WORST books I ever bought!!! I was pushing myself to finish it and never did!!! I would NEVER, EVER recommend this book!!

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