- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: MacMillan; Auflage: New Ed (1. Juli 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0330351699
- ISBN-13: 978-0330351690
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,5 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 541 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 42.508 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Into the Wild (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 2011
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What would possess a gifted young man recently graduated from college to literally walk away from his life? Noted outdoor writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer tackles that question in his reporting on Chris McCandless, whose emaciated body was found in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992.
Described by friends and relatives as smart, literate, compassionate and funny, did McCandless simply read too much Thoreau and Jack London and lose sight of the dangers of heading into the wilderness alone? Krakauer, whose own adventures have taken him to the perilous heights of Everest, provides some answers by exploring the pull the outdoors, seductive yet often dangerous, has had on his own life. --Amazon.com
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)
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Krakauer investigates this young man's short life in an attempt to explain why someone who has everything going for him would have chosen this lifestyle, only to end up dead in one of the most remote, rugged areas of the Alaskan wilderness. Whether one views McCandless as a fool or as a modern day Thoreau is a question ripe for discussion. It is clear, however, from Krakauer's writing that his investigation led him to feel a strong, spiritual kinship with McCandless. It is this kindred spirit approach to his understanding of this young man that makes Krakauer's writing so absorbing and moving.
Krakauer retraces McCandless' journey, interviewing many of those with whom he came into contact. What metamorphasizes is a haunting, riveting account of McCandless' travels and travails, and the impact he had on those with whom he came into contact. Krakauer followed McCandless' last steps into the Alaskan wilderness, so that he could see for himself how McCandless had lived, and how he had died. This book is his epitaph.
This book is more morbidly fascinating than anything else. It is a journey into the psyche of a young man who, with seemingly all of the advantages that late Twentiety Century America can arm one with, decides to disappear into the flotsam of the country playing the part of an enlightened hobo (he takes the moniker 'supertramp' as a way to christen his new identity).
The reader will continually wonder "why" and it is difficult not to blame the supertramp for the fate that awaits him.
Still, the book provides an interesting look at Americans and American life not usually written about. I found the stories of the supertramps friends and companions, and how they went about living as interesting as the subject's story.
The final few chapters dealing with the young man's final foray into the Alaskan wilderness are particularly intersting. It is tough though, to be sympathetic to one who ignores all of the warning signs of danger and refuses to make any moves that serve his long-term interests (being simple survival). The reader becomes aware that he is watching what could be described as a protracted suicide disguised as noble adventure in the mind of the supertramp.
This is a combined tale of adventure and folly. Interesting, but a very different adventure than presented in Krakauer's previous book "Into Thin Air."
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