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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

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It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild

Haylie F, October 20, 2013

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, follows the exhilarating adventure of Chris McCandless, a young man who left his family and friends, abandoned most of his material possessions, and treks across the country in hopes of one day being able to live off the land in the icy Alaskan terrain. The author does a great job of portraying McCandless complex personality through meticulous research based on interviews, letters and journal entries, but sometimes it can fall a little flat. There wasn't as much action going on during certain points of description, and you kind of lose the great sense of excitement that was built up from his odyssey. I enjoyed the first 100 pages though, feeling the same thrills as McCandless and cheering him on as he makes his thrilling and bold expedition.

At some points, his journey was so exalting that I felt inspired to get off my lazy butt and actually go out into the world and to something daring adventurous. "...make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. 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 conservation... The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure (126)".

The passage resonates with me because my life has been filled with stagnation and inactivity. I am the queen of conservatism. I don't consider myself unhappy, but I'm always afraid of moving outside the comfort zone, of expanding further than my own comfortable little shell. I often don't exert myself to my best capabilities because halfhearted efforts seemed good enough. When I read about McCandless, I noticed that one of his admirable traits is if he wanted something he went out and did it. He was not afraid of challenges, the greater they are the better. Anyone in search for inspiration and an enlivening, eye-opening story should definitely read this book.
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