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Into The Wild

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  409,930 ratings  ·  12,242 reviews
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked 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 b...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published 1998 by MacMillan (first published January 1st 1996)
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Melinda
This book is a wonderful cautionary tale. I will probably read it again with my daughter when she is old enough to discuss it. Unfortunately, I'm afraid the reason most people will read the book and see the new upcoming movie, is for a different reason. Chris McCandless (in the book, and from what I understand in the movie), is a hero and courageous for flying in the face of everything he grew up with to find a better way. A young man unhappy with the materialism, hunger, and waste in the world;...more
Dixie Diamond
Apr 15, 2008 Dixie Diamond rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Don't Try This At Home
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sckenda
Jun 16, 2014 sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Hear the Call
Live Deliberately. No fear. No compromise. These commands Chris McCandless took as gospel. He interpreted books by Thoreau and Jack London literally, and they summoned him to his slow death at age 24, alone in the wilderness of Alaska. “McCandless distrusted the value of things that came easily—he demanded much of himself—more in the end than he could deliver.”

To appease his parents, Chris graduated from Emory University, but the rest of his life would be on his own terms. He gave away the $20...more
Nadine
Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this book. The genesis of the book was an in-depth magazine article, and I suspect that the article was superb. But I just don't think there's enough here to warrant an entire book. As evidence, I point to several lengthy chapters that have nothing to do with the underlying story--they discuss other people who have gone "into the wild" and, surprisingly, Krakauer includes a whole chapter about himself.

My other problem is that I found myself unable to ident...more
Traci
Apr 09, 2008 Traci rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who respect the outdoors
I love Jon Krakauer. I didn't find one single thing about the Alex McCandless even remotely interesting. He came across as a spoiled brat with no concept of reality - basically because of his priveleged upbringing. But somehow, he blamed his parents for that void of myopic self absorption.

I live in Alaska and I've lived in Idaho and Colorado and Oregon . . . basically AROUND people who love the great outdoors. I am more comfortable in a heated coffee shop READING about the great outdoors. Still...more
Petra X
We are all heroes to ourselves. McCandless was, Krakauer is. This doesn't vary. All that varies is how we define heroism and how much, or how little, we are prepared to do to for that stance.

In order to get people, usually young men, to sacrifice their lives we tell them of those that went before and tell them they were heroes who died for their countries, died for their principles, died even for their dreams. Impractical dreams that are the province of the young. And those who would be heroes n...more
Dini
This book got me riveted in the tragic story of Chris McCandless, a young man who left his family and friends, abandoned most of his material possessions, went to the Alaska wilderness and perished there. The author does a great job of portraying McCandless complex personality through meticulous research based on interviews, letters and journal entries. The writing is so engaging that although it is already clear from the beginning how McCandless' story would end, I was hooked till the last page...more
Matt
I live a life, I suspect, that is much like yours. Wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed. At the end of this weekly desert, there might be a drink or ten to celebrate the victory over another five days of soul-crushing drudgery.

I am a desk jockey. A paper pusher. I mean that literally; I sit in my office, and when people peer inside, they will see me moving a sheet of paper from one side to the other. It looks, to the untrained eye, like valuable labor.

When I get the chance, tho...more
Maudeen Wachsmith
Jan 14, 2008 Maudeen Wachsmith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have seen the movie, lovers of the outdoors
I first read Into the Wild ten years ago when it first came out after finding out that parts of it are set in Carthage, Miner County, South Dakota pop. 187, a town where my mother has family and where her cousin was once mayor. My great-grandmother is buried in Howard, the Miner county seat. So that was the book and movie’s initial appeal. I mean this town is the true “blink-and-you-miss-it” town. That is, if one would ever even happen to drive through it as it isn’t on a main road. So I wondere...more
Forrest Marchinton
n April 1992, a young 20-something walked into the Alaskan bush to live off the land and experience Reality. His emaciated body was found four months later. Some of you may have heard about the incident; it was reported in an article in Outside magazine, and carried by some news services. Some lauded him as a new Thoreau, living life to the fullest and taking the consequences; others say he was a stupid, hopeless romantic, an example of what happens when suburbanites try to do The Nature Thing.

W...more
Mark
Being a man who has always lived very close to the sea I have always admired and loved it but I am also very conscious that i have a very healthy sense of its danger and power and uncontrollable force. This book is the extraordinary account of one who loved Nature but who did not appear to have gained that equally important respect. A young man, wanders into the wilds of Alaska so as to commune with nature and 'discover' himself, a few months later his desperately emaciated corpse is found rotti...more
sylas
After watching the film of the same name, I was interested to learn more about the life of the kid described. His was a captivating story and I was hungry for further details of Alex Supertramp's life.

However, this book mostly served as a reminder of why I don't like to read books written by journalists. Jon Krakauer is a fine writer, but like many other journalists is prone to irritating exaggeration and spent quite a bit of time romanticizing the parallels between Supertramp's life and his ow...more
Paul Wilder
Aug 29, 2007 Paul Wilder rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Longing for a Deeper Relationship with Nature
Ah, nature. That lovely, peaceful place where we go for a few minutes or hours during a hike in the mountains or for a day or two during a camping trip. Just driving by the forests on the mountains of Utah, I so long to pull over on the side of the road, leave my car just as Chris McCandless did in Nevada, and journey into the wild.

Uh, yeah.

After reading this book, I realize that I have much to learn. I do believe that nature is gentle and yet the consequences of taking it lightly are predictab...more
Jeanne
I found a review that I'd like to share. I believe that this reader's review represents how I feel and she writes it in a way that I never could have. For me, this book was less than likeable, I thought I was the only one. I was on the verge of re-reading it after hearing so many positive responses to it, maybe I didn't get it the first time...

After reading this reader's review, I am reminded that I don't want to revisit this story or get to know that character again.

here is her review-
________...more
Jason
Feb 09, 2010 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: Discussion at work, and I felt left out
Chris McCandless had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!! This is not a spoiler; it's my interpretation of the evidence provided by the author. McCandless had OCD. Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild is objectively written (more on the written word later), and goes to great length—medically, pharmacologically, and, especially, psychologically—to explain what happened to this 24 year old when he traipsed into the Alaskan bush under-equipped with 20 pounds of gear, mostly dry rice and books.

I'm not a subject...more
Aaron Crossen
Really enjoyed it. McCandless had in him an exceptionally large dose of the passions that at one point or another consume most young men, if only for a brief period. His strong distaste, bordering on hatred, of modern American life, with all its easy pleasures is idealistic rebellion at its purest.

While he chose nature has his release from the artificial trappings that he rejected, I think many men, myself included, share or at least empathize with his idealism. In my frequent solitude, I've of...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

A cousin of mine died about three weeks ago. He was just forty-four. Apparently he either died of a stroke or a heart attack. His sedentary life, according to his widow, went daily like this: he wakes up in the morning, eat, smoke, goes out in front of their apartment and check their nearby barbershops (which they owned), talk to customers and passers-by, have lunch later, watch TV, lie down, sleep, etc. They were not rich, but had enough not to go hungry. He was hypertensive and had a weird sen...more
Frances
Dec 25, 2012 Frances rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: non-judgmental people who like a good story
Shelves: reviewed
I was almost turned off this book by some of the GR reviews. I like reading reviews, but I’m glad I don’t care what other people think. I’m not a huge fan of non-fiction but, as far as I know, Jon Krakauer is an excellent non-fiction writer. I heard McCandless’ journey through Krakauer’s writing. I will probably pick up another one of his books.

I wonder sometimes why we react to fictional characters and non-fictional “characters” so differently. A person’s journey to find their truth and travel...more
Dolors
Biographical novel about Chris McCandless, a smart 23 year old boy who starts an idealistic journey throughout the forests and deserts of the States and Mexico trying to live accordingly to his Tolstoian beliefs, which denounce all kind of material possessions. The adventure ends up in tragedy when his body is found in Alaska two years after his departure. This story aroused a mediatic debate in the nineties in which some people defended McCandless innocent and pure search for spiritual peace wh...more
Kirk
So I pulled this out yesterday trapped at home in a rainstorm and reread it. I haven't seen the movie, but I did read the recent Men's Journal article that questions the Alexander Supertramp cult. How readers feel about Chris McCandless and his vagabonding tends to divide into three groups: 1) People either revere him as a self-made Thoreau, an "aesthetic adventurer" as he refers to himself (ascetic, too); 2) a rather silly, naive child who starved to death unnecessarily, hurting his family in t...more
merryxmas
I found this book in a drawer at my old job and started reading it. The first 100 pages are phenomenal! You really feel exuberant reading it and you find yourself cheering him on for the awesome adventures he takes. Then it starts painting more of McCandlesses background and I no longer feel that he is some back to nature davy crocket getting in touch with his spiritual side but rather a self-centered brat who had everything handed to him and not only threw it all away but alienated himself from...more
Tressa
Apr 04, 2009 Tressa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Krakauer fans; adventurous men and women; young adults
Shelves: adventure, biography
S.O.S. I NEED YOUR HELP. I AM INJURED, NEAR DEATH, AND TOO WEAK TO HIKE OUT OF HERE. I AM ALL ALONE. THIS IS NO JOKE. IN THE NAME OF GOD, PLEASE REMAIN TO SAVE ME. I AM OUT COLLECTING BERRIES CLOSE BY AND SHALL RETURN THIS EVENING. THANK YOU. - a note taped to the door of the bus

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked 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,...more
Cynthia Nine

I don't think I have guts to finish this book. I tried a while ago, but was unable to continue. Christopher's experience made me think that all decisions we make in life cause the unavoidable death of something else, and that might be everything, the best we have to offer. Being completely true to our desires leads to absolute isolation, being human means conforming to the daily rules we need to keep things going on. And sometimes, these rules go against everything we are or believe.

Christopher...more
Riku Sayuj
One of those rare instances where the movie was as good if not better than the book... watch the movie, read the chapters 17 and 18, and the excerpts from Thoreau and Tolstoy at the beginning of each chapter - best route to take in this wonderful story.
Roberto
“Se vuoi qualcosa nella vita, allunga la mano e prendila“

Il libro racconta la storia vera di Chris McCandless che nel 1990, dopo essersi laureato con il massimo dei voti in storia e antropologia, lascia i suoi risparmi (24mila dollari) in beneficenza, brucia gli ultimi spiccioli e i documenti di identità e parte per un viaggio che lo ossessiona, un viaggio verso la natura più selvaggia ed estrema. Il suo sogno è vivere da solo in un luogo sperduto, l’Alaska.

“Volevo il movimento, non un’esistenza...more
Jenifer
As I started to read this book, I wanted to judge this young man. I wanted to prove to myself that he was stupid, unprepared, and maybe even crazy. He wasn't crazy, but I think he was overly idealistic. He didn't take the usual precautions, that's true. But he was competent enough and only made mistakes that anyone could make who put themselves in this or any other extreme situation.

I liked Krakauer's more forgiving approach. He seemed to understand a lot of the motivation of his subject. He see...more
Sarah
I think this book (and I guess the movie probably...I haven't seen it) are interesting, especially if you identify at all with the character (ie. young, white, male, risk a lot to find meaning). It's obvious reading it that Krakauer finds a lot of connection and I was annoyed by the constant theme of comparing McCandless to other similar stories and then separating him from the crowd. Just tell the story and let us make our own comparisons or judgements! Overall Krakauer seems to be defending Mc...more
Jamie Fairbanks
Jan 19, 2008 Jamie Fairbanks rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I first heard about Christopher McCandless in college or shortly thereafter, some years after he died, via a song by Harrod and Funck, who were college favorites. But then I knew nothing about him except from the lyrics of their song "Walk Into the Wild" (they change his name slightly to Chris McCandle).

Then this fall "Into the Wild" with Sean Penn at the helm came out in theaters with Emile Hirsch playing the tormented Alexander Supertramp. I went to see it and the movie stayed in my head for d...more
Penny
An absorbing book, but also quite a downer. In 1992 Chris McCandless, a young man recently out of college, hiked out into the Alaskan wilderness -- a few months later (as Krakauer tells us from the beginning of the book), his body is found: he starved to death. For the rest of the book, Krakauer tells us Chris's story, and speculates why he, and others, are drawn to immersing themselves in the wilderness. A number of the stories Krakauer tells are gripping -- one of them is about his own experie...more
Xandra
Being surrounded by friends who sit all day long on their asses in front of their computers, jacking off to porn being the peak of the effort they’ve experienced their whole sedentary lives, I wish I had a guy like Chris around. Who knows, maybe if he lived today he would be wanking to internet porn too. But I want to know the crazy, unafraid, adventurous Chris. Just see him a few times a year and talk about travel related shit over coffee, shit we’ve seen and done, people we’ve encountered, wei...more
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