Book Review: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer


Title: Into the Wild

By: Jon Krakauer

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 207

Release Date: January 20th, 1997

Publisher: Anchor Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

In April, 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, a party of moose hunters found his decomposed body. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and, unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw away the maps. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. 


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I was really interested in this story, but I have to say, the way it was written made it sound really bland. I felt like there wasn't much depth and color to the words and that facts were thrown out instead of a true story. I like my books to paint a picture instead of telling me what happened, and I think that was the one problem with this read. I found it just ok.

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