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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
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Aug 11, 2010

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Really, this isn't my kind of book, but I checked it out of the library because it's what all the freshmen have to read this fall, and since I am basing my class around the ideas of authenticity, alienation, life choices, etc. (keepin' it broad...) I thought it might be a good idea to read it.

I got through it really fast, in a few hours. And I really did like it. It's about Chris McCandless's search for purpose in life, which I think a lot of us can identify with--you get out of college, you want to find something that really matters, and it's hard. Of course McCandless isn't just some kid, he's obviously putting a lot more into his search than most of us do, but that search is what made me really connect with the book. Also, I was surprisingly entertained by Krakauer's stories of mountain climbing and adventuring. Like I said, this is not a genre I spend any time with. I'm glad I read it.

(It did get a bit annoying that Krakauer kept going on about "boys like this" "boys do this kind of thing," but since prescribing/enforcing gender roles wasn't his main point I'm not going to be pissed at him about it.)

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