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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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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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Thomas L, October 18, 2013 (view all comments by Thomas L)
Rarely do I ever go out there to roam in the wilderness, but even if I do, there is probably some form of civilization about a mile away and with plenty of survival equipment. Chris from the memoir however goes all the way and leave all society to live in the Alaskan territory with only weapons and some rice. He not only left all of his possessions, but also most of his equipment as well. He just wanted to live on his own and by his own work. "'Hey, I'm goin' to get on up there, live off the land, go claim me a piece of the good life (4).'"
The story of Chris McCandless reminds me of another book I read in the past called Robinson Crusoe. Unlike Chris though he finds himself stranded on an island after a shipwreck by himself. Like Chris he had to survive using his own wit and cunningness such as they both needed to hunt the wildlife around the parts to survive. Although Robinson Crusoe concentrated on his entire seclusion, Into the Wild goes in more depth on those Chris meets on his journey.
This book is indeed an excellent story. People who enjoy reading about an inspiring story of someone who sacrificed his regular life to follow his dreams would like this book.

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Krakauer, Jon
Krakauer, Jon
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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....
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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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