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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
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I thought it fitting to take this book with me while I was going to go hiking and camping in the Grand Canyon. I find the story to very interesting and didn't think that the author 'romanticized' Chris McCandless adventure. He told the story of a young man greatly influenced by Thoreau, Emerson and Gogol. Who hasn't wanted to leave behind their worldly things and live life 'simply'?

The thing that saddens me about this is that it is quite obvious that Chris had issues with society and with his parents. Even if you are upset with your loved ones you should at least call them every once and awhile. The fact that Chris didn't see or contact his family for two years is just wrong. The other thing that I don't understand is that this highly intelligent young man went out into the wild and was ill prepared for how brutal living out in nature can be. I knew what I needed to take for my 3 day camping excursion to the Grand Canyon and I was happy that I was well prepared. How can you go into the wilderness of Alaska and not have even a compass/map? A part of loving nature is respecting it. One must never take nature for granted. I often wonder where Chris might be today if he wasn't pressured into going to college? Perhaps he would have entered the Peace Corps and found true happiness there? Or just simply found himself without having to run away...
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message 1: 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.


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