an exceptional, highly moving, haunting and heartbreaking but inspiring story,
This review is from: Into the Wild (Paperback)
TWO YEARS HE WALKS THE EARTH, NO PHONE, NO POOL, NO PETS, NO CIGARETTES, ULTIMATE FREEDOM, AN EXTREMIST, AN AESTHETIC VOYAGER WHOSE HOME IS THE ROAD. ESCAPED FROM ATLANTA, THOU SHALT NOT RETURN, `CAUSE "THE WEST IS THE BEST". AND NOW AFTER TWO RAMBLING YEARS COMES THE FINAL AND GREAtEST ADVENTRURE, THE CLIMACTIC BATTLE TO KILL THE FALSE BEING WITHIN AND VICTORIOUSLY CONVLUDE THE SPRITITUAL PILGRIMAGE. TEN DAYS AND NIGHTS OF FREIGHT TRAINS AND HITCHHIKING BRING HIM TO THE BREAT WHITE NORTH. NO LONGER TO BE POISIONED BY CIVILIZATION HE FLEES, AND WALKS ALONE UPON THE LAND TO BECOME LOST IN THE WILD.
..... inscription of Chris McCandless "Alexander Supertramp" inspired by the spirit of Roger Miller song tells you everything about Chris's quest and the book "Into the Wild".
"In to the wild" takes you through an exceptional, highly moving, haunting and heartbreaking but inspiring story of man's journey in to the unforgiving wilderness to explore oneself.
It is story about a young man's, Christopher Johnson McCandless "Alexander Supertramp", odyssey in to the wilderness of Alaska. He was intelligent, personable and talented, yet not happy. His search of happiness and freedom did cost him his life in the end but will inspire you. This book provides very well researched account of his hitchhiking from one extreme to other; people he met; friend he made; pain his family went through; his quest and his point of view. Book provides you fact from Chris that will keep you force you to think whether Chris was crazy or just unlucky.
Jon Krakauer has gathered facts from Chris's inscriptions, journals, books (he read), notes, letters and interview with family, friends and people he met during these two years. Jon did a great job in reconstructing his journey..wow...
Good: Very well researched and very well written, fast paced and keeps you engaged.
Not so good: didn't like section about Jon's expedition to Devil's thumb as it wasn't necessary.
Did watch the movie "In to the wild" directed by Sean Penn, based on this book as well... combo was great experience.
-- ashutosh jhureley