Into the Wild Nook Edition 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 In the book Into The Wild, the main character went by the name Christopher McCandless, or Alexander Supertramp. Christopher was a 22 year-old with a bright future who just graduated from college. Instead of walking on to his privileged life he took off into the wild in search of adventure. He disagreed with the way society was, he disagreed with fancy cars and million dollar mansions. For example, his parents bought him a new car but he wouldn’t take it. He decided to leave society so he burnt all the money in his wallet, gave the entire balance of twenty-four thousand dollars in his savings account to charity, ditched his car and hitchhiked for Alaska. He encountered many colorful characters along the edges of American society who shaped his understanding of life. . I believe Christopher took this journey to better explain his ideas and beliefs that he had. People listen more to the act he took than to anything he could of told them in person. That’s how he impacted society. I loved this book and it’s a must read on the count of Christopher’s adventure and his philosophies that have changed the lives of many in this society that we live in.
Jon Krakauer is certainly one of my favorite writers. "Into The Wild" is simply terrific. Krakauer writes this true story like it was a biography. His ability to get the reader to know and understand a young man the author has never met is amazing. Krakauer writes with extraordinary passion and detail, making the book incredibly interesting and a great page-turner. I love it. Regarding Chis McCandless, aka 'Alexander Supertramp', there is certainly an argument that he was just a stupid kid that was grossly unprepared for the predicament he placed himself into. That may be true to a certain extent, but I would argue that McCandless accomplished more in his short life than many of his detractors accomplish in much longer lives. He read more, understood more and went on a pure soul-searching journey. Was it worth it? When it is my time to give up the ghost, I hope I can achieve the type of enlightenment that Alexander Supertramp achieved before he lost his life.
Krakauer did a great job weaving together interviews, letters, book passages highlighted by Chris McCandless, research, similar stories and his own personal anecdotes to shed light on the death of a a young man who went into the Alaska wilderness to live his ideals and stretch his personal limits to the max ... and beyond. Some have frowned on Krakauer's use of stories similar to McCandless to help us to possibly better understand what would have lead him to make the decisions he did, saying they had nothing to do with McCandless, but I found they were far more than fluff in the book and did indeed gave depth to my understanding of "the wild" and the allure to someone like McCandless. Indeed, it is impressive feat on Krakauer's part to be able to take a story where we know the ending and still keep us turning the pages with captured interest. Krakauer is an impressive storyteller, with beautiful diction,
description, open honesty and insight. "Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt," McCandless said. "So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future."
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