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Into the Wild (book)

198 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild (1996) by Jon Krakauer is a bestselling non-fiction book about the adventures of Christopher McCandless. It is an expansion of Krakauer's 9,000-word article, "Death of an Innocent", which appeared in the January 1993 issue … see full wiki

Author: Jon Krakauer
Genre: Travel, Social Science, Nature, Biography & Autobiography
Publisher: Anchor Books
Date Published: August 07, 2007
26 reviews about Into the Wild (book)
review by . July 01, 2010
(Note:  Personal info)  I work at Outside Magazine (where this story was first published as an article) and received this book from my father back in 1990.  When I applied for my position at Outside, my high school english teacher based his recommendation for my position here, by way of  a comparison between myself and McCandless.  I think many of us can relate to the experience of finding ourselves, often in the most extreme and dangerous of situations. (In my case, I …
review by . June 28, 2010
What a fascinating book!  John Krakauer is a literary genius.  The story of Chris McCandless will live on in everyone's heart and soul.  A young college graduate who decides there has got to be more out there goes on the adventure of a lifetime.  A grippping novel that opens your eyes to a whole new world.  I read this book when it was first published and years later it was turned into a movie, which was surprisingly as good as the book itself!  The way the author …
review by . March 03, 2010
Jon Krakauer just can’t help but write bestselling books that are some of my favorites! Krakauer originally wrote a lengthy piece for Outside magazine about the story of Christopher McCandless, a young college graduate who decides to abandon social norms and the comforts of civilization to venture into the wilderness of Alaska. In 1996 Krakauer expanded the article into this bestselling book and true story. On his way to Alaska, McCandless (who renamed himself Alexander Supertramp) meets several …
review by . July 01, 2010
   This is one of my Favourite books. I love wild life and when I saw the name into the wild I really wanted to watch the film. I saw the ratings of the film and decided to watch thinking it would be about wildlife. But after watching it, I wasn't disappointed. Even though it wasn't about wildlife I really enjoyed it. I love it so much that I googled it and found out that it was a true story and there was a book written about it, I went straight to amazon and ordered a book. After …
review by . June 05, 2010
Into The Wild is an informative and interesting book. I read it quickly, if not exactly easily, and I learned a lot about wildlife and survival in a part of America I was not familiar with. It painted a vivid portrait of the outdoor world. For those reasons I did enjoy the story. It was not, however, entirely enjoyable for me, and in fact the main character infuriated me so much that I often had to put the book down to rant at my fiance about it.      I felt guilty about this, …
Quick Tip by . July 29, 2010
Intriguing investigation of a young man in search of an old ideal. Doesn't give easy answers, but illuminates the situation.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
A fast read and a very interesting look into the victim of Alaska's bush psyche. And a good mix of the stories of other people as well.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Really well-written nonfiction book. The writer makes you really care for Chris McCandless, while simultaneously disdaining him.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
Excellent book! I loved the message that Alex Supertramp was trying to get across. I think he went on the ultimate adventure, and I only wish I had the guts to try something like that. Tragic ending.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
Found myself feeling less than sympathetic toward the protagonist.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
I was forced to read this in high school and absolutely hated it. I had very little sympathy for McCandless, but perhaps others might.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Good read, proof that some cannot survive with just smarts.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
John Krakauer is excellent and also wrote Into Thin Air about a disastrous Mt Everest Expedition
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
If you like adventure stories and survival stories - you'll like this.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Interesting life experience
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Well written, and a fascinating story. It really brings to light problems with our society, and provides insight into the need for a simpler life.
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Real but almost too graphic for me!
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Ok, this was a good book and I know I'm supposed to be more sympathetic to the main character, but I found him to be self-righteous without reason and misguided in his attempts to prove his point.
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
Amazing story!! Poor kid.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
A great movie. I am yet to read the book.
review by . November 18, 2009
Pros: The story as a whole, the historical and personal parallels      Cons: Nothing significant enough to list      The Bottom Line: I dont like the protagonist which would usually mean I'd hate the book.  Despite not liking the subject, it is a well crafted and short piece well worth the time.      I didn’t expect that I would read Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. I saw the film and basically liked it. I did not, however, …
review by . November 19, 2007
This singular true tale came to me in a singular way. I don't remember another time in my life when two people have not only recommended a book, but put copies in my hand within a few days. Add to this that it was four years old at that time (hence not a current hit) and that it collaterally delves into personal issues that haunt me -- ghosts of which neither recommender was aware, and I have to admit that it had all the appearance of intent. I mention all of the forgoing to confess probable bias …
review by . September 11, 2007
I read the description of this book and thought "ok, some guy goes camping and dies in the woods, big deal. maybe I will read it anyway" I am glad I did.    There seems to be a lot of people that do not like Chris McCandless. There were many comments about how he was not smart enough to be in the woods by himself, how he was not prepared, he didn't take this trip seriously enough, etc. I was one of them. In the first few pages of the book I was saying to myself, "Of course this …
review by . January 13, 2007
I read Krakauers "Into Thin Air" some years ago and was really impressed with his writing--especially his ability to make me feel like I was gasping for air when he was writing about being in high up on Everest where the air is thin. It was one the first nonfiction books I'd ever read that was as compelling and entertaining as a good novel.    I recently finished "Into the Wild" and came away impressed again by Krakauer's writing. I consider myself to have a pretty substantial …
review by . August 15, 2001
This is a fascinating tale of an ill fated young man, and how his thirst for adventure and a different life in the wilderness led to his untimely demise. It is a scholarly piece, well researched with gentle sensitivity, and all in all paints an evokative picture of Chris McCandless and his days travelling the vast north American continent.Of equal interest are the other tales of equally ill fated young men who have chosen similar lives, and the author's own hair-raising adventures, which put an …
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