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message 1: by Yves (new)

Yves 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.


message 2: by Glenn (new)

Glenn 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.


message 3: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilder 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.


message 4: by Erik (last edited Oct 13, 2010 07:31AM) (new)

Erik 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.


message 5: by Cem/Lucky (new)

Cem/Lucky oh my dear, you are absolutely right. i love this book and Chris is just like me. I love his style of writing and thinking and it's wonderful to identify with this awesome guy. I thank you for your opinion and for me it's also a hero. His reaction of leaving his parents was the right one to found himself. Me and my boyfriend Frodo want to find us also and this book inspired us so much.


message 6: by Majo(C) (new)

Majo(C) "If you love nonfiction, read this book. If your thing has always been fiction (like me), read this book. It will haunt you and it will inspire you. "

This is the most legit thing anyone has said in the history of Goodreads!!! You are 100% correct. Even if you don't like nonfiction, you will LOVE this book, I swear. I usually hate non fiction but THIS book is just AMAZING!


message 7: by Sofia (new)

Sofia Barreda Luna Paul I agree completely with your review. I feel we have so much to learn regarding nature. We take so much for granted and feel like going on a picnic is being into the wild. Chris risks everything to go live a real, wild adventure. Incredible review.


message 8: by Sofia (new)

Sofia Barreda Luna Paul I agree completely with your review. I feel we have so much to learn regarding nature. We take so much for granted and feel like going on a picnic is being into the wild. Chris risks everything to go live a real, wild adventure. Incredible review.


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