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Into the Wild

A book by Jon Krakauer

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No Martyr

  • Jun 5, 2010
Rating:
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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, because the main character was a real person, not exactly a product of the author's mind. It was also difficult to come to this conclusion because of the great lengths the author went to to glorify Chris McCandless.Since the character in this book is a fictionalized version of a real person, I will discuss him as if he is merely a fictional character here.

Despite this, I couldn't help but feel enraged at his selfishness. Chris McCandless left to go live in the woods without telling his parents where he was going, without bothering to inform his loved ones of anything at all. He had problems with his parents, yes, but the book's account of them was not one that, to my mind, justified putting the people he loved through such hell. Besides that, he was remarkably disrespectful of nature and what it is capable of, leaving his home with the barest of provisions and expecting to be just fine. It's one thing to try and get closer to nature, but to totally disregard your own safety and to essentially ruin the lives of your family and loved ones is selfish and stupid in my opinion. I have a distant relative who froze to death on a mountain because he chose to go climbing without researching the conditions of the mountain. I have seen the impact that had on his parents, siblings, wife and young daughters. Chris McCandless didn't have a wife or child, but he had others who were just as devastated by his disappearance. The author attempted to glorify him, making him sound like a martyred pioneer. He wasn't.

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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 …
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.
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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.
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ISBN-13: 978-0307387172
Author: Jon Krakauer
Genre: Travel, Social Science, Nature, Biography & Autobiography
Publisher: Anchor Books
Date Published: August 07, 2007
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