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 reading it I really enjoyed it. I got to know a lot more about Christopher McCandless. I love the book so much and I really want to do the same thing that he did, try to live in Alaska, but in a more planned way. The book is about the journey of a boy Christopher McCandless, who after graduating with a degree decides to escape from his parents (whom he is really angry with) by going on a journey without telling anybody about it. His eventual plan was to go and live in wild Alaska. He burns up all the money and ID's and donates 24,000 dollars to charity and runs away. His plan was to live without any money and start making his own money from scratch and start living in the wild away from people. Its also about the various people he meets on his journey. Its a very sad story, but when you read it you get a great sense of freedom and adventure. It makes me want go on a journey similar to his.
(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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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, … more
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 of Outside. The book was adapted into a 2007 movie of the same name directed by Sean Penn with Emile Hirsch starring as McCandless. McCandless died in a wilderness area in the state of Alaska.
INTO THE WILD developed out of an article Jon Krakauer wrote for Outside magazine. Emory University honors graduate Christopher Johnson McCandless--"Alexander Supertramp"--took off after college in rebellion against authority and his privileged upbringing. Krakauer reveals the details leading up to the boy's death in the Alaskan wilderness, where he was found by hunters in September of 1992, at the age of 24. The author shares personal reflections about his own risk-taking adventures, as well as impressions of those who knew Christopher. In 2007, the book was made into a film directed by Sean Penn.
The story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the allure of the wilderness.