Into the Wild PDF 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 A moving book which although attempts to understand why Chris McCandless felt the need to take the risks he did, does not seek to justify it. He does not glorify his death or particularly seek to make a martyr out of Chris. A detailed and well mastered description of the desires I am sure many of us have contemplated, that is to take to the road, be alone, free and unhampered by society. The book and Chris McCandless plight struck a cord. Overall though the author does well to illustrate through Chris' experiences and his own that "mountains make poor receipticals for dreams" and that running away never changed anything
Really loved this book about a kid who decided to forsake everything to live on the road, but ultimately ended up dead in Alaska. It was such an interesting perspective on a life that is so different than normal. Despite the part where he dies, it really inspires you to think about what is important, and to hit the road. I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life. Leo Tolstoy "family happiness" It should not be denied...that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led west. Wallace Stegner "the American west as living space" 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 conservatism, but in reality there is nothin more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. the very basic core of a mans living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, an hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
My father gave me this book after he'd read it in a single sitting. I reflect on that day because it was the summer of 1996 and I was still in high school. Not 10 years later, my father died. I wonder, now, why he was so insistent on me reading it. Beyond the obvious masterful detective work and storytelling (the movie be damned, by the way), there was something else hidden in the pages. I think he was trying to remind me to keep exploring despite failure. That was certainly my misguided and off-color sense after reading the book. My father used Krakauer to tell me that adventure isn't dead. You just have to be willing to let go a bit and seek it out because you can't just board a ship or hitch a ride on a wagon anymore.... Or can you?
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