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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
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Aug 03, 2011

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This was a very good biography of Christopher McCandless, the college graduate who dropped out of society to live freely. This book also sprouted my favorite movie with Emile Hirsche as Chris.

Krakauer's narrative does a great job charting the last few years of McCandless' life and closer to the end are some personal reflections given by Krakauer which may give glimpses into McCandless' mindset ... or may not, since Krakauer even agrees that much speculation has to be given to the subject, since we cannot interview him.

This book, I felt, was a great companion piece to the movie, since a lot of the events from the film were (obviously) more detailed in the novel ... but I don't think that it would go the other way around. If I were to have just picked up the book, I don't think that I would have liked it as much, since it often reads like an extended article for the Outdoor magazine.

In short, watch the movie and then read the book. Sometimes the movie just does it better than the book.

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