- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Pan; Auflage: Reprints (7. September 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 033045367X
- ISBN-13: 978-0330453677
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,4 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 541 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 685 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Into the Wild (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. September 2007
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If contradiction lies at the heart of the human condition, then Chris McCandless bore it more profoundly than most. A gifted student, musical and charismatic, in April 1992 he hitchhiked to Alaska, renamed himself "Alexander Supertramp", and walked into the wilderness, intent on exploring the darker side of his soul, to which he had increasingly turned. Four months later his decomposing, emaciated corpse was discovered by a hunter. Jon Krakauer wrote an article about McCandless and his plight for a magazine, and, unable to remove such a haunting story from his mind, Into the Wild is the book he felt compelled to write, drawing on his own experiences in Alaska and his feelings as a young climber with a fierce desire to succeed. Their combined story, superbly recounted, makes stirring reading.
After his death McCandless was dismissed by most Alaskans as foolishly idealistic, another misguided outsider from the "lower 48". This was, in part, true, but he was also an energetic, passionate individualist, inspired by Jack London and Henry David Thoreau, who fiercely guarded his integrity against the forces of government and materialism that sought to constrain his life. What distinguishes him from the other intrepid loners whose stories Krakauer also outlines is the mark he left on the lives of the supporting cast of this book, the ordinary folk of blue-collar America, with whom he hitched or stayed on his journeying, and who even now seem unable to forget the wiry, engaging youth. Ultimately the meaning he found in the northern wilderness was hunger, and that he survived for as long as he did is remarkable in itself, and testament to the strength of purpose that led him there. Into the Wild is a grippingly personal ode to Chris McCandless and a spirit of America that is so often buried, but which now and again defiantly scrabbles free, though rarely to such poignant and tragic effect. --David Vincent -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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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His book was one of the most haunting, unforgettable reads in recent years for me. I was mezmerized by passages in the author's other best-selling masterpiece Into Thin Air, such as the passage involving stranded and doomed guide Rob Hall, near the Everest summit, talking to his pregnant wife via satellite phone to discuss names for their unborn child. However, I was unprepared for the depths of emotion felt in reading Into the Wild - it literally kept me up at nights, not just reading but thinking about the book in the dark.
Some reviewers criticized the book because they thought McCandless demonstrated a naive and unhealthy lack of respect for the Alaskan wilderness. This is no hike on the Appalachian Trail - Chris was literally dropped off by a trucker into the middle of nowhere, with no provision stores, guides, or means of assistance nearby at his disposal. He had a big bag of rice and a book about native plants, designed to tell him which plants and berries he could eat. "How could he have been so stupid?", they ask.
Well, I certainly didn't feel compelled to give away my belongings, pack some rice and a Tolstoy novel and walk into the woods after reading the book, but the author does a remarkable job of exploring McCandless the person, including passages derived from interviews with the many poeple whose lives he touched in his odyssey as he drove and then hitch-hiked cross country from his well-to-do suburban home. Some of the more touching parts of the book involved tearful reminisces by some of these old aquaintances when they learned he had perished.
Krakauer also throws in for good measure an illuminating passage about a similar death-defying climb that he foolishly attempted at about the same age as McCandless, with little training and preparation, providing insight into what makes a person attempt a dangerous climb or hike. He even tells several fascinating tales, all of them true, of other recreational hikers who were stranded in the wilderness.
By the end of the book, I thought I understood McCandless' character, and I thought Krakauer was probably right in putting his finger on exactly what caused his death. I was moved by his plight regardless of his possible foolishness in venturing into Denali, and the final scenes involving Chris' family were emotionally devastating. You need not be an outdoorsman to appreciate it, and in fact unlike Into Thin Air the book is completely accessible to those who know nothing about the subject. I think this book is destined to become a classic.
boys may also benefit from its wisdom. A tragic story that inspired many and left also many questions unanswered.
A must read for young and old alike!
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