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"God, he was a smart kid..." So why did Christopher McCandless trade a bright future--a college education, material comfort, uncommon ability and charm--for death by starvation in an abandoned bus in the woods of Alaska? This is the question that Jon Krakauer's book tries to answer. While it doesn't—cannot—answer the question with certainty, Into the Wild does shed considerable light along the way. Not only about McCandless's "Alaskan odyssey," but also the forces that drive people to drop out of society and test themselves in other ways. Krakauer quotes Wallace Stegner's writing on a young man who similarly disappeared in the Utah desert in the 1930s: "At 18, in a dream, he saw himself ... wandering through the romantic waste places of the world. No man with any of the juices of boyhood in him has forgotten those dreams." Into the Wild shows that McCandless, while extreme, was hardly unique; the author makes the hermit into one of us, something McCandless himself could never pull off. By book's end, McCandless isn't merely a newspaper clipping, but a sympathetic, oddly magnetic personality. Whether he was "a courageous idealist, or a reckless idiot," you won't soon forget Christopher McCandless. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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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

"Compelling and tragic...Hard to put down."  
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Engrossing...with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order."
--Entertainment Weekly


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Von Peter Berlin VINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 7. November 2004
Format: Taschenbuch
This is Krakauer's account and report on a young man - it is a true story - who left his family after graduating with honors, burning his money, cutting off all his ties to his background and venturing out on his own, travelling thoughout the United States. His ultimate adventure was to survive in the wilderness of Alaska. This, however, led to his premature death. Krakauer follows the young man's trail and tries to give us his understanding of what made this man tick to do what he did. He succeeds quite admirably. The book is well written and in the end you get an understanding of Christopher Candless. The author can see quite a bit of himself in him which leads to his sympathetic protrayal, something not shared by everybody. Many felt he was just stupid and arrogant and tried to survive in the wilderness without adequate preparation. Krakauer makes the point that this was not so, that just a couple of things did not turn the way they could have. In the wilderness there are no second chances and what was just a little mistake led to the young man's death. Growing up in our modern societies we sometimes forget how perilous people used to live when they depended completely on nature. Krakauer makes us think about many of these aspects and in general about our relationship to nature. All in all, this is a very recommendable book and though it may sound a bit gloomy, it actually isn't. Very good indeed.
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There is little suspense (in the traditional sense of the word) in Krakauer's Into the Wild, as anyone who reads the synopsis or picks up the book instantly learns that it is the story of a young man, Chris McCandless, who ventures into the Alaskan Wilderness and who never gets out. Chris' body is found in an abandoned bus used by moose hunters as a makeshift lodge, and Krakauer skillfully attempts to retrace his steps in an effort both to understand what went wrong, and to figure out what made McCandless give away his money, his car, and head off into Denali National Forest in the first place.
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.
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A young man goes in the wilderness, rather unprepared, and therefore does not survive this adventure. I was exchange student in Alaska right after this story happened, and many shook their head over this naive man. But why then this huge interest and success of this story?

I think, Chris McCandless did live what many others in their younger years fantasize about. Leave this crazy every-day world where only money and success counts, live independently, in the end maybe a solitary live somewhere in Alaska's wilderness. I recognize my own dream in it, even though I "only" then went to Alaska as a student.

In the end McCandless realizes something very important, it is summarized in his sentence he suddenly writes down "Happiness is only real when shared." We are no independent, isolated beings, but depend on each other and need each other. One can flee the crazy world, but it's not what human beings are meant for.

As Krakauer writes in the introduction, McCandless could have walked out of the wilderness and noone ever would have heard of him. He died tragically, but paradoxically only through this did his story and insight fascinate so many readers and those watching the movie.
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This is a poignant, compelling narrative of an intelligent, intense, and idealistic young man, Chris McCandless, who cut off all ties to his upper, middle class family, and reinvented himself as Alexander Supertramp, a drifter living out of a backpack, eking out a marginal existence as he wandered throughout the United States. A modern day King of the Road, McCandless ended his journey in 1992 in Alaska, when he walked alone into the wilderness north of Denali. He never returned.
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 develops 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.
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