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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
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Nov 28, 11

bookshelves: nf, bio, travel, read-in-2011, reviewed
Read in November, 2011

Another book I've been meaning to read forever, ever since I saw the movie (which was very good). Well, the movie followed the book pretty closely, and it seems like Krakauer did a lot of very good research to piece together McCandless's journey without editorializing or inventing too much, if anything. I found the story of "Alexander Supertramp" to be thought-provoking, sad, and also kind of beautiful. I would have loved to know more. Obviously Krakauer could only discover so much about McCandless's movements and thoughts, and he did a great job. Still, he too seemed to want to add to the story, and he did so by adding a long chapter about his own experiences trying to climb the north face of Devils Thumb. I sort of understand the point he was trying to make, but honestly I felt like he was interrupting McCandless's story to talk about himself, and I just didn't like that. Otherwise, very good.

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