Into the Wild Online 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 Absolutely incredible. I completely related to McCandless's desire to leave the civilized world behind and go into the wild -- and really, who hasn't entertained that thought at some point? It's a romantic idea, the grand adventure, and I couldn't help but love that he went chasing after that dream. But to see how he affected the strangers he met along the way, how much he was loved by his family (even though he probably didn't understand that), just made his story so heartbreaking. People conjecture McCandless had a death wish, and I'm inclined to believe that he did have that too, buried somewhere in the back of his mind. Why did he turn down all that help from the people that he met? He clearly was a smart guy, so why was he so woefully unprepared when he set off into the wilderness? Was it just that he was young and stubborn? In that way, I connected strongly with him too. Or was it just one of those stupid decisions you make when you're young, that you laugh about years later, that spiralled terribly out of control? It's a wonderfully complex read, with no easy answers. But one thing is certain: that throughout our lives, we touch and affect people that we don't even realize, in ways we can't comprehend ourselves. And in the end, McCandless's death was such a tragic waste of a life.
I heard about “Into the Wild” while listening to the radio. The song “Hard Sun” by Eddie Vedder caught my attention as I am a fan of Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder. After listening to the song I heard that it was from the “Into the Wild” soundtrack. This film title stuck in the back of my mind until I found it was a book in school. I right away read it and found it to be an amazing book. The fact that a man left society to live much more simply is such an extreme but understandable action. Chris McCandless led a good life and had an amazing amount of potential, but he decided to leave his home and head up to Alaska, to live in the wild. This book follows the journey that Chris McCandless took to get to Alaska. Through changing his name to Alex Supertramp, making numerous friends along the way, and finally trying to live in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wild, John Krakauer really captures the personality that few knew personally. Sadly, after about a year, Chris died in that bus, but his idea andd example lived on. I think that this book and movie combined make for a life changing experience. I really do agree with what Chris did. The world is stressful and takes everything for granted. I also agree that an experience like this would truly help you find yourself. This is one of my favorite books and I would recommend it to any and everyone (even though outdoorsmen and fans of memoirs would probably like this more.)
This book gets plenty of acclaim, but it's even better than most people realize, and for different reasons than
what is commonly cited. The book isn't about Christopher, really, or how foolhardy or noble he was. It isn't about surviving in the wilderness, or the fact that Alaska draws loons like a magnet. The real theme of the book is one close to Werner Herzog's heart: the indifference of the universe to man. And I don't invoke Herzog merely to namedrop. The themes of Hezog's Grizzly Man, Aguirre, and Fitzcarraldo are the same ones Into the Wild quietly embroiders into a tale ostensibly about a disappointed idealist who accidently kills himself. In addition, Herzog would have delivered a much different and much more powerfully layered movie than Penn did. No hit to Penn; his efforts were solid. The scenes with Hal Holbrook were infused with a pathos very rarely seen in film--ever. I believe the reputation of this book will grow even greater in stature than it already has. Maybe even a Modern Library re-release?
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