Into the Wild

Into the Wild

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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.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1997, c1996.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 9780385486804
Call Number: 917.9804 KRAKAUER
Characteristics: 207 p. : maps ; 21 cm
Subjects: McCandless, Christopher Johnson, 1968-1992.
Adventure and adventurers -- United States -- Biography.
Wayfaring life -- Alaska.
Wayfaring life -- West (U.S.)
Hitchhiking -- Alaska.
Hitchhiking -- West (U.S.)
Alaska -- Biography.
West (U.S.) -- Biography.


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Mar 15, 2019

This book is an amazing piece of literature. Krakauer has a way of spinning McCandless’ story so it has no plot holes nor loose ends. Along with telling the story of Chris, Krakauer includes the bittersweet tales of other hikers who wanted to live on their own as well, and ultimately lost their lives because of it. Because “Into the Wild” does not just focus on one story, it would be easy to see how the story might jump around a lot. But, Krakauer knows just how to transition into each new page with no gaps. There was never a moment when I did not know what was going on in the story. The book has a little bit of almost every genre from adventure to romance, leaving no room for dislike. Overall, “Into the Wild” is an amazing book that should be read by everyone, as it will intrigue everyone who reads it.

Mar 05, 2019

One of the worst books I've ever read in my life. The author writes like a blogger that used a thesaurus to beef up the text. The story of Chris McCandless is infuriating. He threw away his life without giving a second thought to his family, and proceeded to freeze to death, thanks to his own stupidity. No matter how awful the story of McCandless was, it is made even worse by the author forcing in stories of his own adventures, that barely relate to the story at all. Overall a dry, boring, and taxing read.

Feb 21, 2019

My brother told me that this book would be a good read. I took his word for it and highly regretted it. At first this book was quite interesting but the more I read the less interested it became. Near the end of the book I was struggling to pick it up.
Overall this book is about a person who just graduated college and ditched everything to go travel the united states. This part of the book was interesting until he reached Alaska. This is when the book started drag and it became a very dull book to read. If you are interested in the rough alaskan terrain this book is for you.

Dec 11, 2018

As an eleventh grade english teacher, this book was a required reading for my students. In all honesty, it was so ridiculous. My kids didn't care for it, and I could barely see how they were stretching it to fit their theme for the year of the American Dream. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this unless you are a huge fan of Alaskan Bush People, or anything along those lines. If that's the case, you'll love this.

Dec 11, 2018

Nov 17- Dec 7th 2018 Nicholas Jackson
I learned and gained a new appreciation for those that live outside of the norms. Rebels who refuse to conform into what society tells them to be. I realised myself have always had a rebellious side and shared lot of Chris McCandless views. I feel that I sometimes too may have been born into the wrong century, I myself would not go to the extreme behaviour that Chris did. The sadness part for me was the fact that he was successful in his journeys he would have survived if he had a map, or if the river had not been flowing as much. Now more than ever I feel that people are consultly consuming themselves with anything people stay plugged into and want to distract themselves from ever listening to their inner child.
I having lived through the extreme conditions that Chris wanted his whole life to experience the sub-artic condition still like most Alaskans have little empathy for him. He and many others were foolish I know and was told from a very young age how you needed to have respect for the land if you choice to venture into it. The arctic is a unforgiving place death is looming overhead always, it is admire that Chris lasted 112 days. And it is even harder to accept that it was moldy seed that lead to his death. And had he survived only 19 more days he could have been rescued. The journal entries show that Chris wanted to start a family and life a normal-ish life had he crossed that river or had a map. Making it more sad.
I loved that Jon Krakaur gave his own experience of surviving his climb. And many other accounts of explorers that choose a life exiled from society. I feel a great amount of respect and appreciation for people like Felipe and my brother Tyler that choose a life style like Chris McCandless. The differences is purpose Tyler likes to drink and have sex and wants to
Knowing that Ryan went to that Fairbanks 142 bus

Most momeable moments from the book
The details of Chris’s borther in law having to tell his sister of Chris’s death made me cry. Seconaly the epilogue of Chris’s parents visting the bus made me cry even more. Billie(mother) left a first kit and a bible saying “I haven’t prayed since we lost him.”
Chris’s sister going to the church for hours looking for answers as her husband waitied in the car on the drive to see her parent. Leaving saying that God didn’t answer. She rembered being on the plane eating all the cheap shitty airplane not wanting to waste any because her brother straved.

Nov 20, 2018

I really enjoyed this book for the story of McCandless. It tells the story of a well off young man who decided to give up everything and live a nomadic lifestyle which ultimately came to an end in Alaska. The book could do without all the side stories though and the story of the authors mountaineering adventure. This felt just like page fillers and while the author attempted to link his and other unrelated stories to that of McCandless I really saw no real correlation.

Jun 22, 2018


Mar 07, 2018

I read this for the "A Biography" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I didn't enjoy it, I found it slow and his timeline was too scattered. I also think Chris McCandless was inept and unprepared and shouldn't have been out there in the first place.

Oct 08, 2017

Love this story. Complex character.

Aug 29, 2017

This book was quite fascinating with the nature of how it was presented with the gathered information of McCandless and his tragic story. I feel this book resonates well with those who are seeking adventure and a different way of living. However, Mccandless's journey can be quite extreme in trying to find the answers he is looking for. This is a good read for seeing different points of view on McCandless's story.

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Aug 13, 2014

“Long captivated by the writing of Leo Tolstoy, McCandless particularly admired how the great novelist had forsaken a life of wealth and privilege to wander among the destitute.”

Jun 03, 2013

If this adventure proves fatal and you don’t ever hear from me again I want you to know you’re a great man. I now walk into the wild. Alex.

AmandaVollmershausen Mar 27, 2013

"Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man that a secure future"


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Aug 13, 2014

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.


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