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message 1: by Dan (new)

Dan 1.0 Great review. I just watched the movie based on this book a few days ago and thought it was really good.


message 2: by Terry (new)

Terry "The tragedy is that in wanting to strip himself of all 20th Century accoutrements he perhaps muisunderstood that the very accoutrements he cast aside were the substitutes for a knowledge and expertise that 20th Century men have lost sight of."

Excellent point Mark. Funny how a lot of modern "lovers of Nature" seem to forget this.


message 3: by Gloria (new)

Gloria An excellent and fair review, Mark. And I love you noted that, obviously, there was something in Chris' personality which drew people to him.

I loved this book-- this story.
I agree that he way overestimated his abilities and confidence, and underestimated the force of nature. I chalk it up to his romantic idealism, fueled by his sensitive personality and his youth.

And ultimately, like you pointed out, I wonder what on earth he could have achieved in this world had his life not been snuffed out so needlessly and early.


message 4: by Mark (new)

Mark Thanks Terry. Yep I think the 'Nature red in tooth and claw' cliche is a quite apt one to always bear in mind.


message 5: by Mark (last edited Sep 04, 2012 06:15AM) (new)

Mark Thanks Gloria,

Yep he is one of those characters about whom 'what if' could circle endlessly.
Krakauer does have a moment of reflection about Chris' relationship with his dad which I found a little plucked from the air, contrived theories of 'small man syndrome' and unresolved Oedipal conflicts. but as he himself points out " posthumous off-the-rack psychoanalysis is a dubious, highly speculative enterprise that inevitably demeans and trivializes the absent one analyses"
We just have to accept the needless waste sadly


message 6: by Steve (new)

Steve Sckenda I want to review this book which profoundly moved me, I'm just not up to the challenge of doing it justice yet. So thank you for saying so well what I could not say myself. I read the book first and then I have seen the movie a half-dozen times, so I do fear confalting the two, so I will probably need to reread.


message 7: by Juanita (new)

Juanita Rice I liked the sensitive handling of your review: honestly deploring the nouveau wilderness ethos that doesn't take account of all the knowledge lost in the late twentieth century. And yet refusing ultimate judgment of the person.
I highly recommend Sean Penn's film of the book; I think he captured so much of what pains us in the story beyond one person's death, and Emile Hirsch gave a stunning performance, even starving himself to portray Chris's last days in Alaska.


message 8: by Mark (new)

Mark Thanks Juanita, I really appreciate your comments. I have every intention of watching the film. A number of people have recommended it already so thanks again.


message 9: by Mark (last edited Sep 04, 2012 12:32PM) (new)

Mark Steve wrote: "I want to review this book which profoundly moved me, I'm just not up to the challenge of doing it justice yet. So thank you for saying so well what I could not say myself. I read the book first a..."

I will look forward to your review mate which i have no doubt, as they always are, will be moving and a genuine expression of your empathetic soul


message 10: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Mark, your analysis is excellent. I saw the movie only, and it left me with a great feeling of depression. Maybe because McCandless seemed like such a great person yet the good he might have done comes to nothing - because he underestimated nature's power, as you say. In a way he has the same fate for the same reason as Timothy Treadwell. Who did not seem like a great person. Still, his end was very tragic too.


message 11: by Mark (new)

Mark Thanks Bonnie. I did not know Timothy treadwell so googles him. Gosh what a horrible way to go. McCandless did come across as an extraordinary person and I shall certainly watch this film that so many of you have mentioned already


message 12: by Bonnie E. (new)

Bonnie E. I read the book awhile ago and came away with the same feelings which you so very artfully articulated. Thank you for such a thoughtful review.


message 13: by Mark (new)

Mark Thank you Bonnie. That is a very kind thing to say.


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