Into the Wild eReader 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 enjoyed Sean Penn's adaptation, which is the means by which my eternally unhip self came upon the story of Chris McCandless. The movie is Hollywood through and through, but I loved it. Shit, so often are movies commercial products through and through, just big dumb money-shitting machines conceived with no better reason than to sell candy bars and pepsi by slapping the face of Ryan Reynolds on the wrappers, that I don't mind a bit of sentimentality, granted that there is some sincerity to those sentiments (unlike, say, "Crash" (watch out, y'all! This boy is on a roll with the cultural elitism)). I expected Krakauer, like Penn, to make McCandless into a saint. If he had, I doubt I would have has the discernment to like this book any less. But Krakauer avoids this route. McCandless in this book is no martyr: he's a kid, naive, brave, probably a bit of an asshole. I got the sense that had I ever met him I might well hate him for his self-righteousness. In this I am not alone: it seems that others have no compunction against actively despising McCandless, nearly twenty years after his death. It is said that he got himself killed because he did not sufficiently respect the wild, but the fact that he survived as long as he did belies that, I think. I suspect that we all chafe under the restraints of modern living. We are the slaves of our possessions. We wonder if we really have any greater freedom than choice of what fast food we will eat, or what bullshit we will watch on tv tonight. Drones like us are perhaps inclined to romanticize loners like McCandless. Krakauer however is able to rise above this romanticism and achieve a starling sense of empathy with his subject. He contextualizes Chris' life in a history of similar souls seeking solace in the wild, including an Alaskan misadventure of his own; this grounds the narrative in a way, and prevents it from becoming a hagiography. In a series of judicious quotations from the books that inspired McCandless and his own journals, Krakauer manages to give him a voice of his own.
Jon Krakauer did an amazing job at writing Into the Wild. I was always interested in what was going to happen next. The book is based on a true story. It is about a young man named Chris McCandless who left his comfortable life behind and hitchhiked to Alaska and survive alone on Mt. McKinley. He donated his money, abandoned his car and stop contacting his family and friends. Four months later he was found dead. I really enjoyed reading this book. The story was told from different points of view, so you could get a better idea on how the characters are feeling. If I could make one critique, it would be that he gives us a little too much background information. He spends a lot of time giving the reader information on non-important characters. That is my only criticism. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Gary Paulson books and books with a lot of adventure.
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer is an inspiratoinal story of a brave, young man going on an adventure. The main
character, Chris McCandless, goes on a journey after his college graduation just to get a break from his normal life. Chris is one of the two sons of Walt and Billie McCandless. This family has worked hard their whole lives and have achieved a high financial status. Chris leaves his wealthy family to pursue what makes him happy, being in nature and being away from people. Chris was originally planning for his journey to last a dew weeks. However, when he found out that his father had an affair earlier in his life Chris gets disgusted and begins to resent his parents for not telling him. This makes him wantto stay away from his family which was difficult for him because he had an extremely close relationship with his sister, Carine. At the beginning of his adventure, Chris changes his name to Alexander Supertramp so his family could not find him. He then buries his money and other possetions whe nhe finds no use for them in nature. When his car breaks down he starts hitchhiking and finds money later to buy a canoe in which he rode down to Mexico and back up to the United States. Upon entering the United States, Chris wants to go to Alaska. He hitchhikes all the way from the southern United States through Canada and finally into Alaska. In the Alaskan wilderness Chris finds a bus that is used by hunters during hunting season. Here, Chris stops writing in his journal and is eventually found frozen to death by a hunter(may seem like a spoil but it is on the cover and throughout the book multiple times). Although the book is mainly about Chris McCandles venturing into the wilderness it also includes multiple short stories about others similar to McCandles who had suffered the same fate in the wilderness.
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