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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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M Daly, February 11, 2014 (view all comments by M Daly)
In 1992 a young man trekked into the Alaskan wilderness for an adventure. He never returned. Some months later, hikers discovered his emaciated body in an abandoned bus. What started out as an article for Outdoor magazine, turned into a journey of discovery for author Jon Krakauer as he delved into the boy's history to find the reasons for his journey and eventual death. The result is an engrossing story of a young man who loved adventure, but pushed himself too far.
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Haylie F, October 20, 2013 (view all comments by Haylie F)
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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kaitlinh, October 19, 2013 (view all comments by kaitlinh)
Hawaii is home to some of the most breath-taking and dangerous hikes in the world. However, many residents of the island, including myself, aren’t adventurous enough to explore these trails. Nevertheless, there are still hundreds of people who climb the magnificent mountains every single day. The thrill of exploring nature is part of the excitement of hiking, but every so often there’s news about an unfortunate hiker who meets their end on one of these hikes. I never understood why people would risk their lives for a little excitement, that is, until I read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

This book shows why a young man, Chris McCandless, gave up all of his money, dropped out of school and started a long adventure exploring the country. There were a few chapters explaining Chris’ expedition, however after the first five chapters or so, I basically knew Chris’ entire journey. However, his perseverance throughout his whole journey was very inspiring. No matter how much anyone tried to talk him out of his crazy idea, he would not budge. As Gallien, a man who Chris hitch hiked with says, “ There was just no talking the guy out of it. He was real determined. He couldn’t wait to head out there and get started (6)”. It’s not every day that you meet someone so determined to do something. For almost two years he had this perseverance to be on his own exploring the wild.

This memoir was average. Some parts were very enthralling, yet some were dull with seemingly no relationship to Christopher’s story. I recommend it for anyone looking to read an inspirational story.
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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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