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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.

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 interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives 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.

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. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, 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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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....

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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....

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Jon Krakauer is the author of Under the Banner of Heaven, Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, and Into Thin Air and is editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.

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Kayla M, October 31, 2014 (view all comments by Kayla M)
Living in a beautiful place like Hawaii can be taken for granted. I know I have never really appreciated the magnificent wonders just on our island. The fascinating sites to go to, to see the true beauty of our islands; from our pretty flowers all the way up to the masculine mountains that stand tall and give a wonderful look to Oahu. In Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, it allows you to feel and see the harsh weathers of Anchorage, Alaska. Although Krakauer is not the actual person that went on this vigorous adventure, he still shows and tells of the miraculous journey Christopher McCandless took. The book made me appreciate that I live in a place of tropical climate, so we don't have to fight the brutal weather in Alaska. In the book, Chris McCandless came prepared for the Alaskan weather but he brought very little resources. With very little resources he also needed a shelter to keep him from freezing, in this case he used an old abandoned bus. In the bus another adventurer carved into the ceiling which shows the harshness of being alone in the Alaskan wilderness, "“Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway. The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean toward each other, black and ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness(14)”. It shows the harsh conditions Chris had to go through alone. He had no way to get out of the terror of loneliness, starvation, and frigid coldness of Anchorage. This book gave me a sense of action and adventure that I never had before. I also know now of how tough it is to live in the wilderness of Alaska alone, which makes me appreciate my home, Hawaii.
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Kayla M, October 31, 2014 (view all comments by Kayla M)
Living in a beautiful place like Hawaii can be taken for granted. I know I have never really appreciated the magnificent wonders just on our island. The fascinating sites to go to, to see the true beauty of our islands; from our pretty flowers all the way up to the masculine mountains that stand tall and give a wonderful look to Oahu. In Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, it allows you to feel and see the harsh weathers of Anchorage, Alaska. Although Krakauer is not the actual person that went on this vigorous adventure, he still shows and tells of the miraculous journey Christopher McCandless took. The book made me appreciate that I live in a place of tropical climate, so we don't have to fight the brutal weather in Alaska. In the book, Chris McCandless came prepared for the Alaskan weather but he brought very little resources. With very little resources he also needed a shelter to keep him from freezing, in this case he used an old abandoned bus. In the bus another adventurer carved into the ceiling which shows the harshness of being alone in the Alaskan wilderness, "“Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway. The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean toward each other, black and ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness(14)”. It shows the harsh conditions Chris had to go through alone. He had no way to get out of the terror of loneliness, starvation, and frigid coldness of Anchorage. This book gave me a sense of action and adventure that I never had before. I also know now of how tough it is to live in the wilderness of Alaska alone, which makes me appreciate my home, Hawaii.
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EPascua, October 17, 2014 (view all comments by EPascua)
Being the oldest of three children, I have had to learn how to take care of not just myself, but also my younger siblings. Like normal siblings, we fight against each other, but even with the fights, we all still love each other and look out for one another.
Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, is a mediocre novel with patches of well written emotional passages. I don't think that this book needed to have been written if Christopher McCandless had just been a little bit more reasonable and had taken some precautions to protect his well being which would have surely prevented his death at such an early age. I found the majority of the book to be extremely slow, and the events retold in this book seemed to be exemplifying the same exact ideas as other events. Although not my favorite memoir, there were some moments in which I connected and sympathized for the family and friends. Luckily, I have no close friends or family members that have suddenly disappeared and passed away, like Christopher McCandless, but I do have a younger brother. My brother is five years younger than me, and I love him very much. I am very close and protective of my brother, and like Carine, I too would be emotionally wounded if he was to unexpectedly pass away. When Carine first hears of her brother’s death from Chris Fish, her husband, “she began to scream . . . When [Chris] Fish tried to comfort her, she pushed him away and shrieked at him to leave her alone (141). ” Carine's intense reaction to her brothers death shows us how close the relationship was between the two siblings. Her world was a glass box which was shattered by an unforeseen bullet.
This book had many excellent scenes, but what took me back was the many events when Chris meets strangers along his journey. The amount of people he met kept growing and growing, and many times, the book would jump back and forth between his "friends" and it made me very confused. All in all, this book would not have been my first pick, but in some occasions, I found myself falling into the book and feeling for the family and their loss. Those were my favorite sections of the book, and those sections tugged at every single one of my heart strings
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307387172
Author:
Krakauer, Jon
Publisher:
Anchor
Author:
Krakauer, Jon
Author:
Various
Subject:
Regional Subjects - West
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Hitchhiking
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070821
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 MAPS
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.01x5.18x.70 in. .55 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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....
"Synopsis" by , 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. 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....

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