- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pan; 2011 edition (1 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330351699
- ISBN-13: 978-0330351690
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Terrifying . . . Eloquent . . . A heart-rending drama of human yearning. (New York Times)
A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It's gripping stuff. (Washington Post)
It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order. (Entertainment Weekly)
An astonishingly gifted writer: his account of 'Alex Supertramp' is powerfully dramatic, eliciting sympathy for both the idealistic, anti-consumerist boy - and his parents. (Guardian)
A compelling tale of tragic idealism. (The Times)
What would possess a gifted young man recently graduated from college to literally walk away from his life?See all Product description
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- The great GB Shaw opined thus. ‘Into The Wild’ is the tale of a young man on whom youth was wasted. Wasted but not thrown away.
Christopher Walt McCandless was a young man that went into the Alaskan wild, leaving his parents and siblings behind, donating all his savings, abandoning his car, possessions and even burning whatever little money he had in his wallet, thus shaking away the shackles of financial security. He went away from the human civilization not because he was a glum recluse or a misanthropist. He was just one of those innumerable youngsters who feel that the answers to the testing questions of Life can be found only far away from Life and not by being in it on a day-to-day basis.
With evidently little preparation but abundant confidence that is the trademark of Youth, Chris headed into the Alaskan wilderness determined to make a living ‘off the land’, by hunting and eating whatever he could gather there, far away from the nearest human being. Little would he have known that this would be his last venture away from his family, because his lifeless body was found in emaciated state, four months after he went in.
There are so many arguments already about whether Chris was right or wrong, wise or foolish and so on and hence I will cut them all out from my review. What stood out for me from this tale were a few things. Chris wasn’t impudent or headstrong. Ask any youngster about what his idea of a wildest adventure is and he will tell you about living untethered. Having had ideas of traveling across the country myself, alone in my bike, I could vouch for the forces that could have pushed Chris onwards.Read more ›
Chris basically disregard everything that comes easily to him, the reason being the parents with whom he was not comfortable with after learning their past. He did not want to associate with them and thus wanted to prove his mettle by challenging himself by being away from the society, into the solitude and without any human bonds around.
Visiting "Fairbanks bus 142" was in my bucket list and this book made it even more promising.
In learning about Chris's life, Krakauer has excelled. In telling his story, he has produced a masterpiece.
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Boring in most parts except when the author gives details about the actual incident. The author keeps digressing into his own story or related ones which is kind of irritating to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the Wonderful book i ever read.. goes into something which is real.. we all living in Ilusion and make our lives real...Published 3 months ago by D V RAJASEKHAR REDDY