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Into the Wild (MTI)
by Jon Krakauer

Published: 2007-08-21
Paperback : 0 pages
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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 ...

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Introduction

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....

Editorial Review

What would possess a gifted young man recently graduated from college to literally walk away from his life? Noted outdoor writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer tackles that question in his reporting on Chris McCandless, whose emaciated body was found in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992.

Described by friends and relatives as smart, literate, compassionate, and funny, did McCandless simply read too much Thoreau and Jack London and lose sight of the dangers of heading into the wilderness alone? Krakauer, whose own adventures have taken him to the perilous heights of Everest, provides some answers by exploring the pull the outdoors, seductive yet often dangerous, has had on his own life.

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What in your life have you been putting off because it is your wilderness or out of you comfort zone?
Do you think he was just a misguided youth who made it through tough scrapes so thought he could do Alaska? Or do you think he was mentally ill, self centered, had social problems? And why do you believe that?
by ElizLynch (see profile) 01/23/14

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Food
by ElizLynch (see profile) 01/23/14
Cook food over an open fire. Serve rice, berries, root vegetables. If you\'re a camper or hiker, set out the things Chris carried with him or the things he had on hand in the bus so everyone can see what he lived off of and with.

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by tompatrice (see profile) 05/20/16

 
  "INTO THE WILD was a great beginning"by ebach (see profile) 02/06/16

Jon Krakauer is one of the best writers of nonfiction. He first proved that in magazines, but his books began with INTO THE WILD in 1996.

If you haven't read this book about Chris McCandl

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  "Into The Wild"by ElizLynch (see profile) 01/23/14

A tragic but very interesting story. Made me Google everything I could about the story and made me want to visit Alaska and the bus.
Helped our book club discuss our own going in the wilder
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  "Strange Life Journey"by kristinbluedog (see profile) 08/01/11

I found this book to be quite interesting to read. I was on an Alaskan cruise so I am certain the setting helped. A fascinating account of a young man on a nomadic journey through life. Left me wondering... (read more)

 
  "great book"by lindseyschmidt (see profile) 05/20/10

 
  "a young man's journey away from what he knows to what he is looking for"by pambs (see profile) 02/05/08

Not my favorite! I couldn't understand where Chris McCandless was coming from ... I just didn't see his reasoning. I don't think he was fair to his parents. They were more understanding than I think... (read more)

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