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Into the Wild

Into the Wild


Book Overview: Into the Wild

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 Weekly

McCandess 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.

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Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer is an acclaimed American writer and mountaineer, renowned for his works of adventure and exploration. Born in 1954 in Massachusetts, Krakauer's passion for climbing developed from an early age, which later greatly influenced his writing. As a highly skilled mountaineer, he has embarked on numerous dangerous expeditions, including an ill-fated climb of Mount Everest in 1996, which he chronicled in his bestselling book "Into Thin Air." His other well-known works include "Into the Wild" and "Under the Banner of Heaven," both observing the extremes of human nature. A meticulous researcher and compelling storyteller, Krakauer's works often delve into the psychological motives of his subjects. His writing has earned him numerous awards such as the National Magazine Award for Reporting and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award.

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1 review for Into the Wild

  1. Matt Grandbois

    "Into the Wild" is an utterly captivating and profoundly moving exploration into the human spirit. The author, Jon Krakauer, masterfully recreates the odyssey of Chris McCandless with a narrative that is both powerful and introspective. Delving into McCandless’ journey into the Alaskan wilderness, Krakauer weaves a poignant tale about daring adventure, the allure of solitude and nature, the quest for identity, and the ultimate, bittersweet freedom. This book doesn't just tell a story, but also engages the readers in a critical conversation about societal norms, values, and the often romanticized concept of abandoning civilization for solitude in wilderness. Krakauer's prose is articulate and compelling, making "Into the Wild" a must-read for anyone seeking a stirring adventure that also offers much food for thought.

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