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Into the Wild Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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His book was one of the most haunting, unforgettable reads in recent years for me. I was mezmerized by passages in the author's other best-selling masterpiece Into Thin Air, such as the passage involving stranded and doomed guide Rob Hall, near the Everest summit, talking to his pregnant wife via satellite phone to discuss names for their unborn child. However, I was unprepared for the depths of emotion felt in reading Into the Wild - it literally kept me up at nights, not just reading but thinking about the book in the dark.
Some reviewers criticized the book because they thought McCandless demonstrated a naive and unhealthy lack of respect for the Alaskan wilderness. This is no hike on the Appalachian Trail - Chris was literally dropped off by a trucker into the middle of nowhere, with no provision stores, guides, or means of assistance nearby at his disposal. He had a big bag of rice and a book about native plants, designed to tell him which plants and berries he could eat. "How could he have been so stupid?", they ask.Read more ›
Krakauer tells the tale effectively. He uses an intelligent vocabulary balanced with a conversational writing style. He easily held my attention as the facts unfolded throughout, employing logic and drawing inferences to fill in many questions that remain. He obviously did his research on the central character, Christopher McCandless, and must have invested countless quantities of money and time to gather accurate information. With so many of the facts of this distressing story remaining obscured probably forever, his assumptions and extrapolations about Chris' actual fate are posed as theories rather than as irreproachable conclusions. I appreciate this aspect of Krakauer's account.
Hats off also to the McCandless family, since Krakauer relied upon them not only for information about their son, tragically lost, but also for their courage in allowing many private family issues to be exposed in support of telling the story as thoroughly as possible. Chris' father, mother, and sister are true heroes in my eyes.
I have some degree of understanding of Chris and his northerly wanderlust, and also an appreciation for the not-so-uncommon desire to conquer the wilderness. What concerns me, however, is the apparent arrogance of the central character.Read more ›
Krakauer investigates this young man's short life in an attempt to explain why someone who has everything going for him would have chosen this lifestyle, only to end up dead in one of the most remote, rugged areas of the Alaskan wilderness. Whether one views McCandless as a fool or as a modern day Thoreau is a question ripe for discussion. It is clear, however, from Krakauer's writing that his investigation led him to feel a strong, spiritual kinship with McCandless. It is this kindred spirit approach to his understanding of this young man that makes Krakauer's writing so absorbing and moving.
Krakauer retraced McCandless' journey, interviewing many of those with whom he came into contact. What metamorphosed is a haunting, riveting account of McCandless' travels and travails, and the impact he had on those with whom he came into contact. Krakauer followed McCandless' last steps into the Alaskan wilderness, so that he could see for himself how McCandless had lived, and how he had died. This book is his epitaph.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Krakauer gets a little melodramatic here and there and relies a little too much on purple prose, but he holds close to a clean, truthful narrative arc that neither idealizes nor... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dale Richards
Fantastic book. His life was so heartbreaking yet amazing. I saw the movie years ago but I was much more interesting and intense reading about it.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Jon Krakauer is an outstanding writer and researcher who keeps the reader engrossed in whatever story he is telling. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Richard B.
I have known about this book for years and decided I needed to read it after visiting Alaska for vacation and staying in Healy. Read morePublished 11 days ago by PaulS
I purchased Into The Wild for my husband after our trip to Alaska and Denali National Park. He chose the 4 star rating.Published 14 days ago by Margo M. Marvin
This is a well written book about an extraordinary young man. The author covers highlights of Chris MCandless life and offers historical perspective on what motivates people like... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Rick Fulk