Into the Wild

Into the Wild By Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild Librarian s Note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIn April a young man from a well to do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt McKinley His name
  • Title: Into the Wild
  • Author: Jon Krakauer
  • ISBN: 9780385486804
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • Into the Wild By Jon Krakauer, Librarian s Note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIn 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 inventLibrarian s Note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIn 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, a party of moose hunters found his decomposed body 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 away the maps Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.
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    1. Jon Krakauer

      Jon Krakauer is an American writer and mountaineer, well known for outdoor and mountain climbing writing.facebook jonkrakauer

    641 thoughts on “Into the Wild”

    1. This book is a wonderful cautionary tale I will probably read it again with my daughter when she is old enough to discuss it Unfortunately, I m afraid the reason most people will read the book and see the new upcoming movie, is for a different reason Chris McCandless in the book, and from what I understand in the movie , is a hero and courageous for flying in the face of everything he grew up with to find a better way A young man unhappy with the materialism, hunger, and waste in the world angry [...]

    2. My grandfather not an Alaskan but an experienced outdoorsman would have tied this kid to a tree and let the bears play tetherball with him.A small part of me appreciates the effort Krakauer put into researching this book A much bigger part of me is completely disgusted both with McCandless himself and with Krakauer s mindless adoration of him Krakauer pulls out all the stops to make McCandless look like a phenomenon, and seems to agree with McCandless that the world should have handed itself to [...]

    3. I live a life, I suspect, that is much like yours Wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed At the end of this weekly desert, there might be a drink or ten to celebrate the victory over another five days of soul crushing drudgery.I am a desk jockey A paper pusher I mean that literally I sit in my office, and when people peer inside, they will see me moving a sheet of paper from one side to the other It looks, to the untrained eye, like valuable labor When I get the chance, though, I [...]

    4. Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this book The genesis of the book was an in depth magazine article, and I suspect that the article was superb But I just don t think there s enough here to warrant an entire book As evidence, I point to several lengthy chapters that have nothing to do with the underlying story they discuss other people who have gone into the wild and, surprisingly, Krakauer includes a whole chapter about himself.My other problem is that I found myself unable to identify or [...]

    5. I love Jon Krakauer I didn t find one single thing about the Alex McCandless even remotely interesting He came across as a spoiled brat with no concept of reality basically because of his priveleged upbringing But somehow, he blamed his parents for that void of myopic self absorption I live in Alaska and I ve lived in Idaho and Colorado and Oregon basically AROUND people who love the great outdoors I am comfortable in a heated coffee shop READING about the great outdoors Still, I know that hea [...]

    6. In 1992, roughly around the same time Chris McCandless was living out his final days in the Alaskan wilderness, I would have been enjoying the summer holidays before embarking on my final year at school, contemplating the big wide world and what I was going to do with the rest of my life It wasn t until watching Sean Penn s film in 2008 I would learn of Chris s story, a story that moved me, immensely.I always presumed Jon Krakauer s book would be some huge epic, but was surprised on finding out [...]

    7. We are all heroes to ourselves McCandless was, Krakauer is This doesn t vary All that varies is how we define heroism and how much, or how little, we are prepared to do to for that stance.In order to get people, usually young men, to sacrifice their lives we tell them of those that went before and tell them they were heroes who died for their countries, died for their principles, died even for their dreams Impractical dreams that are the province of the young And those who would be heroes never [...]

    8. This book got me riveted in the tragic story of Chris McCandless, a young man who left his family and friends, abandoned most of his material possessions, went to the Alaska wilderness and perished there The author does a great job of portraying McCandless complex personality through meticulous research based on interviews, letters and journal entries The writing is so engaging that although it is already clear from the beginning how McCandless story would end, I was hooked till the last page Kr [...]

    9. On the outside looking in, this seems like another case of arrogant human vs unassuming nature Nature usually wins that fight It did here and in a most tragic way And yet, in Into the Wild Jon Krakauer does an excellent job of muddying up the waters, so that they flow with the natural fluidity of life itself Was this kid so very unprepared Was this a foolhardy and unnecessary death easily avoided with a few, slight precautions Life is seldom black and white, cut and dry Krakauer reminds us of th [...]

    10. The article written by J Krakauer was totally enlarged to make this, an obsessive journalistic account of an obsession I am sure that the core of it is included in this 200 pg book somewhere the anecdote young incompetent kid dies out in the wilderness it should be short and sweet, however it is exhaustively stretched out obviously to capitalize on the popular story to include stories of the own writer himself as a kid conceited plus brief accounts by people who met the young mentally ill man Al [...]

    11. This book seems to divide people One group seems to think McCandless was a visionary a free thinking, wild spirit who lived his dream and died an unfortunate, tragic death The other group thinks he was a stupid kid an ill prepared daydreamer who brought his demise upon himself due to his own idiocy.I think it s entirely possible he was both In my experience, the two states are not mutually exclusive The one thing that s clearly true is that his death was avoidable and tragic Whichever camp you f [...]

    12. I first read Into the Wild ten years ago when it first came out after finding out that parts of it are set in Carthage, Miner County, South Dakota pop 187, a town where my mother has family and where her cousin was once mayor My great grandmother is buried in Howard, the Miner county seat So that was the book and movie s initial appeal I mean this town is the true blink and you miss it town That is, if one would ever even happen to drive through it as it isn t on a main road So I wondered, how y [...]

    13. I don t know why everyone went so wild over this book or this kid is there one without the other It seems like people only cared because it was a Jon Krakauer book that translated well to Hollywood The guy in the book didn t even have enough material about himself to make a whole book and every other chapter is about some other person who did a similar disappearance into nature Dying because you don t know how to take care of yourself in the wild is no reason for society to glorify your life.

    14. Not all those who wander are lost seems to be the focus of this non fiction biography by Krakauer about a young man named Chris McCandless who went into the Alaskan wilderness, but never came out again Krakauer examines McCandless history, friendships, and probable motivations while also comparing his case to other young men who died or disappeared in the wilderness He also gets very personal and recounts a solo mountain climbing adventure of his own that nearly went south, but didn t crediting [...]

    15. This is a great book and I was totally enthralled Krakauer s writing is spectacular It is such a personal story, made so not just by the author detailing his own experiences mountaineering, but also by incorporating McCandless s family in the suffering and loss of their son Yet somehow Krakauer keeps it all grounded, presenting a strategically balanced view of McCandless himself despite what I must imagine to be a profound desire either to glorify him in his admirable quest for self reliance, or [...]

    16. I love this book so much that I have not yet been able to write a traditional review The story of Chris McCandless resonated deeply with me, and Jon Krakauer s writing gave me insight into loved ones who reminded me of Chris I have reread Into the Wild many times over the years, and each time I have found something new to appreciate My paperback copy is heavily marked and underlined, and it is so dear to me that I never plan on giving it up One of these days I hope I can bring myself to write a [...]

    17. Tudo, Tudo e NadaChris McCandless tinha Tudo fam lia, dinheiro a potes, e logo que conclu sse os estudos, aguardava o uma carreira promissora.Chris McCandless tinha Tudo, sim Tinha um Tudo que era um Nada dissimulado Dir se ia que esse famigerado tudo pertencia a outro que n o ele, a um falso Chris que sufocava e amorda ava o jovem aventureiro de gema um amante de Desafios, Liberdade e Autenticidade S aniquilando, reduzindo a cinzas esse Chris forjado, que o verdadeiro Chris poderia finalmente e [...]

    18. A book is always a new meeting, expected, happy or not, but always full of promise It s mostly an appointment in the order of intimacy with an author A special bond with his characters and script Into the wild, this is my meeting with Christopher McCandless Young man, brilliant, selfless and wise, he decided to get rid of a world become too narrow for him A urban wildlife, he preferred the open spaces away from hypocrisy, excessive consumption and standards imposed by society Up to leave his and [...]

    19. After watching the film of the same name, I was interested to learn about the life of the kid described His was a captivating story and I was hungry for further details of Alex Supertramp s life However, this book mostly served as a reminder of why I don t like to read books written by journalists Jon Krakauer is a fine writer, but like many other journalists is prone to irritating exaggeration and spent quite a bit of time romanticizing the parallels between Supertramp s life and his own In fa [...]

    20. Being a man who has always lived very close to the sea I have always admired and loved it but I am also very conscious that i have a very healthy sense of its danger and power and uncontrollable force This book is the extraordinary account of one who loved Nature but who did not appear to have gained that equally important respect A young man, wanders into the wilds of Alaska so as to commune with nature and discover himself, a few months later his desperately emaciated corpse is found rotting i [...]

    21. In April 1992 a young man from a well to do East Coast family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt McKinley Four months later his decomposed body was found by a party of moose hunters A really gripping travel essay Jon Krakauer tries to move his reading audience beyond pre conceived notions What would convince a young man to give up all his worldly possessions and head back into nature Upon closing the pages, I felt a little bit of sadness that Chris McCandless l [...]

    22. Biographical novel about Chris McCandless, a smart 23 year old boy who starts an idealistic journey throughout the forests and deserts of the States and Mexico trying to live accordingly to his Tolstoian beliefs, which denounce all kind of material possessions The adventure ends up in tragedy when his body is found in Alaska two years after his departure This story aroused a mediatic debate in the nineties in which some people defended McCandless innocent and pure search for spiritual peace wher [...]

    23. Chris McCandless had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder This is not a spoiler it s my interpretation of the evidence provided by the author McCandless had OCD Jon Krakauer s Into the Wild is objectively written on the written word later , and goes to great length medically, pharmacologically, and, especially, psychologically to explain what happened to this 24 year old when he traipsed into the Alaskan bush under equipped with 20 pounds of gear, mostly dry rice and books.I m not a subject matter exp [...]

    24. Not marking my spoilers as I believe most people know the basic story If you don t, proceed with caution I liked this book okay it is probably my least favorite Krakauer book, but I think that was because my feelings about it were tainted by the main character McCandless was soooooo frustrating He went about the free spirit return to the wild thing all wrong He refused help and destroyed his resources with the belief that that was what was required to survive on your own No Be prepared Learn bas [...]

    25. n April 1992, a young 20 something walked into the Alaskan bush to live off the land and experience Reality His emaciated body was found four months later Some of you may have heard about the incident it was reported in an article in Outside magazine, and carried by some news services Some lauded him as a new Thoreau, living life to the fullest and taking the consequences others say he was a stupid, hopeless romantic, an example of what happens when suburbanites try to do The Nature Thing.Who wa [...]

    26. If this adventure proves fatal and you don t ever hear from me again I want you to know you re a great man I now walk into the wild Not often does a story make me put everything down for several minutes and deal with that lump in my throat Not often does a story make me do that every time I cross paths with it This one did And yet I come back to it Again and again It must have been five or six years since I first heard of Christopher Johnson McCandless His story is easily told In April 1992, the [...]

    27. This book reminded me why I usually stick to Christian literature What a depressing and tragic tale.Chris McCandless aka Alex Supertramp, gave away his savings, left his family and friends and headed off into the wilderness He lived nomadically for a couple of years encountering various people along the way His ultimate goal was to head into the wilds of Alaska and live off the land This he did, but a few mistakes ended up costing him everything His emaciated body was found by hikers in an aband [...]

    28. The true story of what is known about the life, death and journey of the young college graduate Chris McCandless as he leaves the security of his family and hitchhikes across the country and into the Alaskan wilderness to find in my opinion himself and the true meaning of life and happiness Unfortunately, he is unprepared for life in the wild and is believed to have died of starvation in August, 1992 only four months into his Alaskan adventure.A good portion of the book tells of Jon Krakauer s o [...]

    29. It is hardly unusual for a young man to be drawn to a pursuit considered reckless by his elders engaging in risky behavior is a rite of passage in our culture no less than in most others Danger has always held a certain allure That, in large part, is why so many teenagers drive too fast and drink too much and take too many drugs, why it has always been so easy for nations to recruit young men to go to war It can be argued that youthful derring do is in fact evolutionarily adaptive, a behavior en [...]

    30. S.O.S I NEED YOUR HELP I AM INJURED, NEAR DEATH, AND TOO WEAK TO HIKE OUT OF HERE I AM ALL ALONE THIS IS NO JOKE IN THE NAME OF GOD, PLEASE REMAIN TO SAVE ME I AM OUT COLLECTING BERRIES CLOSE BY AND SHALL RETURN THIS EVENING THANK YOU a note taped to the door of the busIn 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 [...]

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