Into the Wild
Books | Biography & Autobiography / Survival
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • 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. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. This is the unforgettable story of how Christopher Johnson McCandless came to die."It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order." —Entertainment WeeklyMcCandess 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. Not long after, he was dead. Into the Wild is the mesmerizing, heartbreaking tale of an enigmatic young man who goes missing in the wild and whose story captured the world’s attention. 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.Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled McCandless. When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity, and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding—and not an ounce of sentimentality. Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"Kind of an odd read for me. I like adventure books but I really wouldn’t consider this to be one. It’s just sort of an odd, strange story that I think many more people go through or have gone through than we know about. There really is a lot of conclusions that are jumped to throughout. Great piece of writing, by an obviously now famous writer, but not even sure what to take away from this story. "
"Krakauer has become a top five maybe top three author for me after only reading two books. In this book he expertly crafts together two different plot lines to tell the story of Chris McCandless: a romantic nature enthusiast who bites off more then he can chew when he lives the the Alaska Bush for months without any aid but himself. Krakauer tells the story incredibly in depth and with so much backing him up even though he doesn’t agree with how some people see the situation you can’t help but believe him because he backs things up so throughly. A beautifully written book with hours upon hours of research done to make it as authentic as possible. 25/30 "
"That boy had gumption and had issues"
"The movie is amazing too."
"Very inspiring, great read for anyone feeling confused or without meaning. Great for nature lovers, adventurers, risk takers, and people longing for any of the above. I’ve taken a lot of life advice from this book, and would recommend it to anyone. "