I will probably read it again with my daughter when she is old enough to discuss it.
McCandless found euphoria in his new, austere existence in the margins of America, but in doing so severed himself almost completely from family, friends, and society.
His journey ended in a remote corner of the Alaskan wilderness, where he had endeavored to live alone off the land, when his body was found in by hunters.
Stories of young men vanishing into the wilderness are not new ie, the Herzog film Grizzly Manbut author Jon Krakauer makes this a potent book by making it intensely personal. Krakauer can't help but admire the audacity and commitment that McCandless demonstrated.
Moreover, Krakauer includes a chapter from his own life—an ambitious but misguided attempt to summit the unclimbed north face of the Devil's Thumb in the Alaskan Wild.
Interrupting the narrative to inject himself into the story is a risk, but one that pays off. Krakauer's adventure on the Devil's Thumb makes for nail-bitting reading.
|Into the Wild (book) - Wikipedia||Out of the wild In a land where the Native peoples survived for thousands of years without farms or firearms, without automobiles or TVs, without almost anything, New York publishing and Hollywood glitz have combined to glorify a misguided young man who ate some poisonous peas, or maybe it was potato seeds after all.|
|Top Authors||Kindle Edition Verified Purchase Whatever you think about the subject of the book, Krakauer's telling of the story, weaving in his own and parallel narratives of young men gripped by a desire to test themselves by walking into the wild, is so masterful that it would be hard not to be mesmerized. When addressing the question of whether McCandless was suicidal, the author draws on his own adventure climbing Devil's Thumb:|
|Parents say||His father was Jewish and his mother was a Unitarianof Scandinavian descent. His father introduced the young Krakauer to mountaineering at the age of eight.|
|INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer | Kirkus Reviews||There he headed down the snow-covered trail to begin an odyssey with only 10 pounds g of rice, a. McCandless perished sometime around the week of August 18,after surviving more than days.|
|KIRKUS REVIEW||There he headed down the snow-covered trail to begin an odyssey with only 10 pounds g of rice, a. He declined an acquaintance's offer to buy him sturdier clothing and better supplies.|
Had the enterprise proved fatal, as perhaps it should have, Krakauer wonders if his own eulogy would have been any different from McCandless'.
It's an interesting argument: If Mark Twightfor example, had fallen off some icy face at a young age, would he be viewed, like McCandless, as just another naive kid who courted his own end? Krakauer isn't willing to explore what seems to be another, more obvious possibility: The sudden shift of behavior that McCandless demonstrates—and its severity—suggests more was at work here than just a young man looking for adventure.
In any case, Into the Wild remains a compelling tale of a young man's odyssey into the wilderness—one that ultimately consumed him.National Bestseller A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt.
Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.". "Into the Wild" is the story of Christopher McCandless and his unique journey into the depths of the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer makes you really empathize with the troubled young protagonist, and does an excellent job balancing the narrative with his own personal srmvision.coms: K.
Neither the book nor movie version of Into the Wild bother to address this question. But then why should they? The book really isn’t about McCandless to begin with; the book is about Krakauer.
Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild is objectively written (more on the written word later), and goes to great length—medically, pharmacologically, and, especially, psychologically—to explain what happened to this 24 year old when he traipsed into the Alaskan bush under-equipped with 20 pounds of 4/5(K).
Background. Jon Krakauer's famous book was born from an article he wrote for the January issue of Outside magazine about Christopher McCandless, a young man whose emaciated remains were found.
Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's storytelling blaze through every page. In April a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt.