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Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews Dare I say this is my favourite book? This is the third time I have read this book, and devoured it in a day and a half, much like the first two rounds. I love Jon Krakauer's style of writing, and how he makes you feel like you know the characters like they are your own friends. I will not add any spoilers to this review, although I will say this: If you have every been fed-up with the daily grind, having bills to pay, societal pressures and expectations and have had a need for adventure, this is the book for you. Every time I read it, I live so Vicariously through Alex/Chris that I seem to spend all my free time thinking about the gear I have and would need to purchase before I could go on my own adventure, and where I would go first. Read it, you won't regret it.
Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild is one of those stories that will be reread many times over by all people, from the outdoor enthusiast to the computer typing wiz. Its a story that makes one look in-ward and out-ward and not only at the world in which we live but into ourselves. McCandless (the main character) leaves the world of material things and adult expectations to be free and to see the world a new, the way most of us fail to do. Krakauer take into account similar stories of men who had made comparable journeys. We see very much the same attitude toward society and the will to see the world differently and to prove to their fathers that they could be something with out following the family trait. It's a very good read. I highly recommend it.
I knew nothing of McCandless or the film Into the Wild before I picked this up in a book store in JFK. To me he is a hero, and those who think he is foolish and for neglecting society and relationships, well it says more about them (and me) than it does about CMC. Absolute jealousy that he was prepared and did pay the ultimate price for freedom we only dream about. But this is a book review and this is a great book to understand the fors and againsts in the was 'was CMC a hero' debate. Jon Krak comes slightly on CMCs side, but is still very objective. If only as he is an adventurer himself (albeit a more cautious and prepared one). You can read the book before or after watching the film. The film was reasonably true to the book.
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