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By Jon Krakauer - Into the Wild (7/22/07) Paperback – July 22, 2007
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I watched the movie "Into The Wild" a few years back and have always been curious and saddened to think about Chris's journey. This book seemed to clear the story a bit. Sometimes I had a lump in my throat thinking that this is not a "character" in a made up story but a real life that seemed to yearn for a peace that only existed in his heart. Jon Krakauer does a great job of giving us a key hole view of "Alex's" life. The good times even when he had nothing. I personally feel like unfortunately Chris was a troubled individual weather it was mental imbalance or emotional disconnect and after this book I feel so sad for his torment. The movie left me disliking his parents, but this book turned that emotion completely around. And I loved the Epilogue. Thank you Jon Krakauer for that. If the movie intrigued you most definitely read the book.
The book connected with me almost immediately. The story of Chris McCandless is a story of adventure and freedom, at least that's my perspective. I've had discussions with others about CM, some say he's a fool and some say he's a bad example to other young people that have since ventured into the wild unprepared. My view is that life is about being unprepared sometimes. The bills that tie us down to a job or a precise schedule made us feel the need to plan everything, solve every problem and please every person, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Reading Into the Wild, which is now a required reading for many high school students, it gives a sense of what is like to let go sometimes and a new way to look at life. It doesn't encourage me to go out into the wild and live off the land but encourages me to never stop exploring and doing what I love. For some people, that's a good camping trip, and for others, it might be planting a garden.
After reading this book, I began reading some of the books mentioned in Into the Wild that were read by Chris McCandless. I wanted to put myself into Chris' mind and see how he was thinking at the time. Although I don't possess his ability to recite quotes from Leo Tolstoy and Jack London, I still found the other readings to be enlightening.
I bought my first copy of Into the Wild at a used book story and gave it to my father as a gift. I purchased a new book on Amazon which I will give to a good friend. I then found another copy at a used book sale so, at one point, I owned 3 copies of this book.
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