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Hubris and the ultimate price,
By A Customer
This review is from: Into the Wild (Paperback)
My only positive observation is this is a book well written by an author with a message. I found the authors own self analysis more credible than his view of Chris McCandless the central person of the book. However it's subject matter is to be pitied rather than admired. I fear the author is projecting his own philosophy on to a less than deserving case. Chris McCandless the protagonist strikes me as no more than a spoilt middle class kid running from responsibility and cloaking it in idealism. Many times his arrogance and contempt come across and the author asks us to understand this in the terms of a higher calling. The book promotes this self delusional rights of passage which is nothing short of dangerous. A very sad tale has been promoted into an ethos of a higher plane and intelligence. I've got to get back to the real world !!!!!
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2009 14:49:21 GMT
J. Scarff says:
I think that the so called" real world" you have to scurry away to is what he was trying to leave behind. the real world is not in money, tv's, property, jobs etc etc, where is the freedom in that , there isn't any, most people are tied to supporting the real world, and would love to just get up and go, they are too scared, this act took true courage, the time on the road he had would have been happier than the early part of his unreal existance being someone that someone wants you to be, other than himself.
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