Into the Wild

Into the Wild

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Soon to be a major motion picture; directed by Sean Penn, starring Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, William Hurt, and Marcia Gay Harden. 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. 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 dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2007
ISBN: 9781415944899
141594489X
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book
Additional Contributors: Franklin, Philip
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alaina_the_gypsy
Aug 29, 2017

This book was quite fascinating with the nature of how it was presented with the gathered information of McCandless and his tragic story. I feel this book resonates well with those who are seeking adventure and a different way of living. However, Mccandless's journey can be quite extreme in trying to find the answers he is looking for. This is a good read for seeing different points of view on McCandless's story.

AL_HOLLYR Aug 23, 2017

Highly recommended for anyone who has felt lost in life or is looking for a different way of living. Also great for any adventure fans or avid hikers.

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Sakura12
Jul 19, 2017

As a sophomore, I had to read and reread his book, and then proceeded to watch, and rewatch the movie, analyzing it shot by shot. I hated this book because of all that work associated with it. Being a college freshmen now and having willingly reread and rewatched 'Into the Wild,' I appreciate it more.

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Orcacreative
Jun 09, 2017

This book is truly fascinating. For me, the highlight of the book is the 2015 add-on at the end, it brings a shroud of mystery to the biographical story. This book will echo with everyone who enjoys solitude, adventure and nature.

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gailcampbell1
Apr 28, 2017

Alaska seems to have a strange pull for many discontents and non-conformists. Perhaps it is a proving ground for those who strain against the normal constraints of modern society. Alaska remains truly wild and it exerted a magnetism for Chris McCandless who walked away from what appeared to be a secure and promising future for the quest of the unknown. Hopefully he was able to find something of what he sought before the tragic outcome. The book is a cautionary tale of what it takes to truly but successfully go 'into the wild'. A riveting and haunting true story.

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Mmegood
Apr 18, 2017

This book was not my favorite book but I didn't hate it either. An interesting look at the life of a nomadic person who was well educated. He gave up his possessions and lived minimally and as a transient. Just when he may have decided to return to regular life his life ends thick in the Alaska bush.

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connorkline11
Mar 28, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat for the most part. I thought that Jon Krakauer did a very good job telling the reader of his thoughts and experiences with explaining the way McCandless could have died. I thought it was a very interesting read and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read.

Riddlereads Feb 13, 2017

Krakauer takes an in-depth look at the circumstances that led to the death of Chris McCandless. He shares details that help clarify McCandless' state of mind as he went into the wilderness and makes it easier to empathize and understand his motivation.

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becker
Jul 20, 2016

A good quick read if you like wilderness or survival type stories. Very interesting but also very somber.

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Jen24
Jul 14, 2016

This book was very different from what I usually read, but I still enjoyed it. I was intrigued by Chris' story and even though I wasn't totally into the story I still enjoyed it and I would recommend everyone read a book like this sometime in their lifetime.

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Stephanie_Sibbald
Aug 13, 2014

“Long captivated by the writing of Leo Tolstoy, McCandless particularly admired how the great novelist had forsaken a life of wealth and privilege to wander among the destitute.”

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lisahiggs
Jun 03, 2013

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. Alex.

AmandaVollmershausen Mar 27, 2013

"Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man that a secure future"

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Stephanie_Sibbald
Aug 13, 2014

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

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