Paul's review of Into the Wild
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Aug 29, 2007 09:25PM
i read this in preparation for the upcoming sean penn-directed film. it was a good book, and it should make a great film, if done right. a testament to how your own stubbornness can kill you, and how nature is not forgiving.
Dec 17, 2007 09:17PM
Having not [yet] read the book yet being very aware of the story and circumstances surrounding the late Mr. McCandless, I don't think you'll find ANY professional outdoorsman who would endorse entering the Alaskan wilderness with nothing but a bag of grain and a gun. This fact alone calls into question either a) Mr. McCandless' outdoor "skills" or b) Mr. McCandless' judgment skills. I don't think there's any "projecting" going on here. The dude was just stupid.
Dec 18, 2007 01:21PM
Glenn, I find it interesting that you would make such a statement of your supposed superiority to Mr. McCandless without having read the book. However, the label "stupid" certainly indicates that you are projecting a judgment that is not well-thought out and that is not supported by the facts of the life and death of Chris McCandless. So disregarding the actual circumstances of his death, is it ever stupid to die doing what we love, or does it just appear to be that way to those outside of ourselves who waste their lives doing what they despise? This is an important question to consider when reading the book.
Chris McCandless did have the "intelligence" that you find it so easy to insult, and this is revealed in the story of his life and death. He survived just fine in the Alaskan wilderness for several months, but two small mistakes (and I'm sure a great judge such as yourself has never made any mistakes) - one of which would have fooled probably even the "professional outdoorsman" (to be honest with you, I'm not sure what this is - is there a profession called such?) - brought about his downfall, and these mistakes had nothing to do with being "stupid." But more than that, of course, is that Chris McCandless lived his life to the fullest, and he died pursuing fulfillment in what he loves. Maybe it is the rest of us who make no attempt at such a grand living who could be called "stupid."
If you do actually read the book, then I'm sure you will be able to provide a better-articulated comment than "[t]he dude was just stupid." Yet, I wonder if you can bring yourself to move past the shallow labels you would apply to Chris McCandless to actually comprehend the complexity of a life such as his.
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Oct 13, 2010 07:30AM
i would do just what McCandless did, to expirence the thrill and excitement of being on my own to live and survive for myself seeing through Chris' eyes knowing the joy of being free living with no troubles in the world. i want to expirence IT.
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