Into the Wild, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


By examining the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature. 'an astonishingly gifted writer: his account of 'Alex Supertramp' is powerfully dramatic, eliciting sympathy for both the idealistic, anti-consumerist boy - and his parents' Guardian 'a compelling tale of tragic idealism' The Times


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, map
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: True stories
  • ISBN: 9780330351690



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This non-fiction work explores the saga of Chris McCandless, a upper middle class college graduate who donated his life savings and took off to live in the wild. Two years later he is found dead in a abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer explores Chris' journey from childhood through his journey across the American West until his death. Attempting to explain why one would adopt such a lifestyle along the way.

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"God, he was a smart kid..." So why did Christopher McCandless trade a bright future--a college education, material comfort, uncommon ability and charm--for death by starvation in an abandoned bus in the woods of Alaska? This book tries to answer. While it doesn't—cannot—answer the question with certainty, Into the Wild does shed considerable light along the way. Not only about McCandless's "Alaskan odyssey," but also the forces that drive people to drop out of society and test themselves in other ways.

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