Into the Wild Download by Jon Krakauer
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 I devoured this book. I read it faster than any other book I've read recently, and it's because I felt an affinity with it. I have at times felt this way myself. I've wanted to chuck it all, walk out the door and just hit the road, living off my wits and whatever I could gather from the environment. When I lived in Seattle and I was unemployed and lost my apartment I entertained the notion of just walking across country; from sea to shining sea. I feel these feelings less these days, but that euphoric sensation I get when I read about things like this is still there in my mind. Stories like this I find sad, but inspiring. Yes, he made a few mistakes and they cost him his life, but what a life he had lived. Very few people could ever dream of this experiment in living and get away with it. I really appreciated Krakauer's sidestories of other people who just wandered off into the wilderness, why they did so, how they fared. I feel a lot of myself in this story. And while I will probably never live this kind of life, it's the kind of life I sometimes dream of. And the dreaming makes it all so beautiful.
I'm not gonna lie, a big reason of why I liked this book is probably b/c of my English teacher at the time. Sigh. We had the best discussions ever! I loved his ideas, the way our class all got into it with arguments, heated discussions, everything. It made everything that much more meaningful and captivating! So, take that into consideration as you read the rest of this review. I'm probably just a bit biased...lol This book tells the account of Christopher McCandless, a young man, who upon graduating from Emory University decided to abandon his worldly goods, donate his money to charity, and live off the earth. His journeys took him from Alabama to Mexico to Washington state, along with many places in between, to his final destinatin: Alaska. His life was one that many people criticized and have thought about through the years. When his dead body was found in the Alaskan widlreness in 1993 Jon Krakauer, the author of this novel, wrote an article for an outisders magazine. What started as a simple assignment turned into a greater project as Krakauer found something in himself that reminded him of Christopher, and followed this feeling to end up with this amazingly crafted novel! Krakauer has done some amazing researching to write this novel, and every bit of it adds a dimension that you will latch on to. You may start off with your beliefs about Christopher as many people did: he was crazy, a lunatic, mad, suicidal, you can't go into the Alaskan wilderness with only a bag of rice and a small rifle in hand. But, by the end you will have quesetioned yourself, Chris, thought about his motives, and changed your life goals in your head many times! When the last page is turned, you'll still have a million questions floating around, and they will probably stay there the rest of your life. But, that's what makes good books great, they're unforgettable.
Terrific book about the complex life of Chris McCandless who died of starvation in the Alaskan wilderness. I especially liked the way the author, Jon Krakauer, interwove the story of McCandless's life and his travels after graduating from Emory with stories of others who had similar experiences and finally with the author's own experience when he did a solo summit of an isolated Alaskan mountain when the Krakaur was roughly the same age as McCandless was when he died. It would have been easy for this book to have been a one dimensional, judgmental portrayal of an odd eccentric. Instead, Krakauer captured the adventuresome spirit of McCandless and placed his death in the context of that spirit while acknowledging some mistakes McCandless made and leaving us with mystery of this fascinating life and death.
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