Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Librarian's Note: An alternate cover edition can be found here 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 invent Librarian's Note: An alternate cover edition can be found here In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family ...

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Title:Into the Wild
Author:Jon Krakauer
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Into the Wild
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:207 pages pages

Into the Wild Reviews

  • Nadine
    Jun 04, 2007
    Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this book. The genesis of the book was an in-depth magazine article, and I suspect that the article was superb. But I just don't think there's enough here to warrant an entire book. As evidence, I point to several lengthy chapters that have nothi...
  • Dini
    Mar 21, 2008
    This book got me riveted in the tragic story of Chris McCandless, a young man who left his family and friends, abandoned most of his material possessions, went to the Alaska wilderness and perished there. The author does a great job of portraying McCandless complex personality through ...
  • Dixie Diamond
    Jan 25, 2008
    My grandfather--not an Alaskan but an experienced outdoorsman--would have tied this kid to a tree and let the bears play tetherball with him. A small part of me appreciates the effort Krakauer put into researching this book. A much bigger part of me is completely disgusted both with...
  • Melinda
    Jul 15, 2008
    This book is a wonderful cautionary tale. I will probably read it again with my daughter when she is old enough to discuss it. Unfortunately, I'm afraid the reason most people will read the book and see the new upcoming movie, is for a different reason. Chris McCandless (in the book, a...
  • Fabian
    Dec 06, 2010
    The article written by J. Krakauer was totally enlarged to make this, an obsessive journalistic account of an obsession. I am sure that the core of it is included in this 200 pg book somewhere (the anecdote: young incompetent kid dies out in the wilderness); it should be short and swee...
  • Traci
    Apr 03, 2008
    I love Jon Krakauer. I didn't find one single thing about the Alex McCandless even remotely interesting. He came across as a spoiled brat with no concept of reality - basically because of his priveleged upbringing. But somehow, he blamed his parents for that void of myopic self absorpt...
  • Matt
    Sep 11, 2008
    I live a life, I suspect, that is much like yours. Wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed. At the end of this weekly desert, there might be a drink or ten to celebrate the victory over another five days of soul-crushing drudgery. I am a desk jockey. A paper pusher. I ...
  • Petra X
    Jun 30, 2008
    We are all heroes to ourselves. McCandless was, Krakauer is. This doesn't vary. All that varies is how we define heroism and how much, or how little, we are prepared to do to for that stance. In order to get people, usually young men, to sacrifice their lives we tell them of those t...
  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 22, 2008
    On the outside looking in, this seems like another case of arrogant human vs unassuming nature. Nature usually wins that fight. It did here and in a most tragic way. And yet, in Into the Wild Jon Krakauer does an excellent job of muddying up the waters, so that they flow with the natur...
  • Steven  Godin
    Sep 23, 2017
    In 1992, roughly around the same time Chris McCandless was living out his final days in the Alaskan wilderness, I would have been enjoying the summer holidays before embarking on my final year at school, contemplating the big wide world and what I was going to do with the rest of my li...