Into the Wild

Krakauer, Jon

(Book - 1997)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Into the Wild
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Anchor books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 0385486804
Characteristics: 207 p. :,maps ;,21 cm


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Sep 17, 2014
  • IulianHectorNarada rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Chris was right. There are so many people who kill themselves and/or destroy themselves because they don't have the courage and support to face how horrible, sadistic, mendacious, manipulative, sick, traumatizing, and atrocious their parents and/or childhoods, etc. really were. Even Chris didn't have enough support from society or anyone to deal with remembering and resolving his early/archaic and repressed traumas. If he had an enlightened witness, maybe he would not have had to die. If we want a world free from wars, terrorism, violence, self-destruction, suicide, etc. then we have to put a stop to things like physical abuse of children, corporal punishment, molestation, etc. One way is parenting centres as well as laws against corporal punishment. In addition, trained and enlightened psychotherapists and social workers can also help parents improve their childrearing and visit them at their homes.

Aug 04, 2014
  • Kdmullerspy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book, but Chris was knid of annoying in the way he hated his parents.

Jul 06, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm just going to drop my letter to the author that I wrote for class here to demonstrate how I felt about this book.

A.P. English
Dear Jon Krakauer,
I have recently read Into the Wild. Out of the hundred upon hundreds of novels that I have read yours truly makes you sit down and think, what is life-some may say what you makes of it. However there is no simple answer, many of spent their lives looking for an answer and their reply was death, ironic and quite ionic. Christopher McCandless is an extraordinary character and you captured him perfectly without even meeting him and display what he felt through out his journey across America to Alaska.
Not only do you weave multiple meaningful quotes together to form a beautiful silk road, but you manage to locate various other stories similar to McCandless and create a unique atmosphere. Best said by the Portland Oregonian, “Haunting...few outdoors writers of the day can match Krakauer for bringing the outside life on the page” which is absolutely true, after reading the book, one day in class I got lost in time and started to day dream, I imagined myself climbing and then settling down on the edge of the Grand Canyon and I felt unhampered, vacant, and frightened at the same time, then when I snapped out of it my legs had fallen asleep and I had felt the rush of what McCandless had wanted so bad and understood why. I especially enjoyed how you demonstrated why many felt Christopher McCandless committed suicide with his lack of prearrangement of tools, understanding that it was a foolish endeavor to go with out extremely valuable tools such as a hatchet or compass. However deeply rooted in everyone is the admiration, jealousy, and envy of Christopher’s fearlessness, few could pack their bags and set forth to create a new life-if one would call it that. At the end of his days, life must have granted him a new meaning that we could only phantom. His last day perhaps was the most meaningful.
Now the idea of finding yourself [myself] is deeply infused in me. I know it would be foolish to wonder across the United States-or around the world with just a few pounds of rice, but that is something that makes it more exciting ad perhaps makes it more unlikely being impossible in the time we live, to find a job like that or create a new life for yourself. Nonetheless inspirational, one could only imagine what stories Chris could have shared if he had lived past Alaska. Perhaps his journey may have just begun or ended. Although mine has just begun.

Apr 22, 2014
  • Madreley rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is ok, much better than the DVD. It is interesting to read about a young kid who thinks he has a simple life figured out and then discovers too late that being around other people is what humans need. He goes woefully unperpared into the Alaska bush to live off the land and it eventually costs him his life due to starvation. The book is an interesting read and the author goes into the past of several others that end up disappearing in wild places. If you want to read a REALLY good book by Krakauer, get Into Thin Air.

Apr 11, 2014
  • Neil333 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

People who idealize their parents are in denial regarding how much deception, (physical/sexual/emotional) abuse, hypocrisy, neglect, torture, projection, insults, (false) accusations, etc. parents (and adults) actually inflict on (their) children. There's nothing wrong with loving your parents, but don't assume that people who 'hate' their parents are wrong to do so. Sometimes it's good to be honest about how you feel about your parents and be independent from them, instead of acting out your rage and emotional blindness on scapegoats [and/or (one's) children] or on your parents themselves (who were the aggressors, abusers, neglecters, and/or primary traumatizers when you were a child). The fact is Christopher McCandless was taught to undervalue his own life in his childhood home. He died in the wake of his effort to forgive his parents (for mistreating him and lying to him in his early life), yet his parents never deserved or earned that forgiveness; and the tragedy is that he died for his parents' sins. We should question our parents, our leaders, and our society, instead of following and agreeing with everything people do, especially if it's destructive, artificial, violent, abusive and/or murderous, etc.

Jan 29, 2014
  • brett7749 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great read, by far Jon Krakauer's best, enjoyed the movie thought the book was far better but you'll save a hell of a lot of time just watching it on dvd

Aug 06, 2013
  • susanchyn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Worth reading. Krakauer clearly did a lot of legwork research and the interviews are really good. One weakness is the sloppy sequencing of the storytelling; another, the uneven, often jarringly, narrative voice.

Jun 24, 2013
  • moose33 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I saw the film first, and was blown away by Christopher McCandless' eagerness and wanderlust. I was more than impressed by the book it had been based off of. This book is, in a way, a detective novel of sorts, as Krakauer had to retrace and analyse Christopher's far-flung footsteps to bring this incredible story together. This makes it all the more exhilarating and mysterious. Christopher's character takes on a sort of legendary mystique as his quest for exploration and new experiences is detailed in this somewhat scattered but wonderfully suiting narrative.

Jun 03, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I keep breaking my promise to avoid non-fiction, but Into the Wild is quick and fairly gripping – at least when the story stays about Chris McCandless’ final journey and doesn’t wander off into the histories of the other “marginal characters who have marched off into the Alaska wilds over the years, never to reappear.”

I don’t think I’ll ever understand people who hate their parents and cut them out of their lives, because mine were awesome. McCandless’ parents seem like average loving middle-upper class parents, and he had avoided them for years before he showed up dead in Alaska. Starving to death, god. What an amazing final journey, though.

I wonder how he felt about misjudging his situation in the end. I wonder how he felt about how he treated his parents. I wonder if he knew his literary hero Jack London died of alcoholism at age 40 and spent only one winter in the Klondike?

Apr 17, 2013
  • joliebergman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great, sad, wonderful story.

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Aug 13, 2014
  • Stephanie_Sibbald rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“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
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.


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Aug 13, 2014
  • Stephanie_Sibbald rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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