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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
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Apr 12, 09

Read in April, 2009

From the first pages (first sentence even), the reader learns that this is the true story of Chris McCandless whose "decomposed body" was found in the Alaskan wild. A very effective hook, I must say. Maybe that's why I felt cheated when, about 100 pages in, Krakauer left Chris' story to ramble on about other Romantic souls who sought their destiny in nature--one of which is a personal anecdote about a climbing adventure he undertook. I felt that this was unnecessary filler; if Krakauer's goal is to imply that many people have shared Chris' passion, he only need let the reader make his own personal connections. The book, though, is called Into the Wild, which certainly makes these other narrative asides relevant; however, I felt beguiled every time the story strayed from Chris. Similarly, the lack of chronology bothered me.

Overall, a quick read and moderately interesting tale of a modern day scholar gypsy.

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Deana Awesome book, Adam! Even Geoff read and liked it, and don't tell anyone, but he doesn't read :(
Yes, he knows how.


Shaylene I enjoyed it too. Definitely not a bad recommendation by J. Dunlap :)


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