Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Book - 1996
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The dramatic story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the fascinating allure that the wilderness has for the American imagination.
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, c1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385486804
Branch Call Number: 917.98045 K858i 1996
Characteristics: xi, 207 p. : maps ; 25 cm


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Compassionate, thorough investigative journalism on the last months of a young man who embraced iconoclasm and ventured off into nature.

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Jul 19, 2017

As a sophomore, I had to read and reread his book, and then proceeded to watch, and rewatch the movie, analyzing it shot by shot. I hated this book because of all that work associated with it. Being a college freshmen now and having willingly reread and rewatched 'Into the Wild,' I appreciate it more.

Jun 09, 2017

This book is truly fascinating. For me, the highlight of the book is the 2015 add-on at the end, it brings a shroud of mystery to the biographical story. This book will echo with everyone who enjoys solitude, adventure and nature.

Apr 28, 2017

Alaska seems to have a strange pull for many discontents and non-conformists. Perhaps it is a proving ground for those who strain against the normal constraints of modern society. Alaska remains truly wild and it exerted a magnetism for Chris McCandless who walked away from what appeared to be a secure and promising future for the quest of the unknown. Hopefully he was able to find something of what he sought before the tragic outcome. The book is a cautionary tale of what it takes to truly but successfully go 'into the wild'. A riveting and haunting true story.

Apr 18, 2017

This book was not my favorite book but I didn't hate it either. An interesting look at the life of a nomadic person who was well educated. He gave up his possessions and lived minimally and as a transient. Just when he may have decided to return to regular life his life ends thick in the Alaska bush.

Mar 28, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat for the most part. I thought that Jon Krakauer did a very good job telling the reader of his thoughts and experiences with explaining the way McCandless could have died. I thought it was a very interesting read and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read.

Riddlereads Feb 13, 2017

Krakauer takes an in-depth look at the circumstances that led to the death of Chris McCandless. He shares details that help clarify McCandless' state of mind as he went into the wilderness and makes it easier to empathize and understand his motivation.

Jul 20, 2016

A good quick read if you like wilderness or survival type stories. Very interesting but also very somber.

Jul 14, 2016

This book was very different from what I usually read, but I still enjoyed it. I was intrigued by Chris' story and even though I wasn't totally into the story I still enjoyed it and I would recommend everyone read a book like this sometime in their lifetime.

Jan 21, 2016

If you listen to this, be sure to check out 'The Wild Truth' written by Chris's sister Carrine McCandless.

lbarkema Dec 20, 2015

I didn't hate this book, but I didn't particularly enjoy it either and I unfortunately think that was because of the subject matter. Chris McCandless annoyed me and I just didn't find him interesting enough to have a whole book dedicated to him. For the most part, I liked the storytelling and writing of Krakauer and because of this I will try another of his books, but the one thing I didn't like as much was the nonlinear format of the book - it felt all over the place and was a little confusing. Overall, it's not something I personally would recommend, but I do understand why many people have liked it.

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Aug 13, 2014

“Long captivated by the writing of Leo Tolstoy, McCandless particularly admired how the great novelist had forsaken a life of wealth and privilege to wander among the destitute.”

Jun 03, 2013

If this adventure proves fatal and you don’t ever hear from me again I want you to know you’re a great man. I now walk into the wild. Alex.

AmandaVollmershausen Mar 27, 2013

"Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man that a secure future"


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Aug 13, 2014

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.


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