8.13.2006

Review: Into the Wild



Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

I've heard this title brought up in review literature often, and was curious to read something else by Krakauer after the well-researched and well-written Under the Banner of Heaven, especially after reading the blurb on the front cover:

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchiked 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....

Krakauer's writing is engaging and the story fascinating, though I would guess everyone has their own opinion of McCandless - that he was a nut, that he was on his own path, or that it was simply a twist of fate that took his life.

Very interesting non-fiction read, and at barely 200 pages, a quick read as well.

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