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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 andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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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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INTO THE WILD is a confusing book with a great plot for discussing. About three plot lines are carried on at the same time, where the auther Jon Krakauer is telling his story, side charectors stories are added in for benefit, and the main plot that continues on through the entire story. The main plot focuses on a young man, Chris McCandless, who has money and sucess and gives it all up for a life of wandering and freedom. While this may be the plotline for thousands of other books, INTO THE WILD was pleasantly (or disturbingly) twisted by Jon Krakauer into a complicated dance of really living, and death. Chris McCandles dies, we find that out in the first chapter. After we find out about his death though, the reader gets a chance to meet the people who played a role in McCandless' search for self. Starting out with Jim Gallien, "Gallien wondered whether he'd picked up one of those crackppots for the lower forty-eight who come north to live . . ." As readers, we meet a chain of colorful charectors who help him along the way. The problem with this plot line is that the charectors are not always introduced in a logical way. They also do not necessarily make sense when they are introduced into the story line. Start a new chapter, such as chapter nine, and an entirely new plot is started. We have a new charector named Everett Russ. He wants to climb around a place called Davis Gulch. The language is beautiful in this section "Tall grasses sway in the breeze. The ephemeral bloom of a sego lily peeks from the toe of a ninety-foot stone arch, and the canyon wrens call back and forth in plaintive tones ..... . . .", the language is beautiful in the rest of the book. This is a very important fact.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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The true story of a young man who walked in 1992 "Into the wild" is an exciting and well researched book.

Christoper J. McCandless, a young man of twenty-three years walked in 1992 into the wilderness of Alaska, "The trip was to be an odyssey...", he survived more than one hundred days before he died of starvation. "I thought he'd be fine in the end." The journalist and mountaineer Jon Krakauer, best known for his book "Into thin air", which details a disaster that happened in 1996 at climbing Mount Everest, has written an article about the young man for the Outside magazine. He received a lot of mail. People thought McCandless as an unprepared young man, who just wanted to die. "I have no sympathy for him. Such willful ignorance."
Jon Krakauer became more interested in the story and began an research that lasted almost a year. He spoke with family, friends and the people Christopher met on his journey, he read the postcards and the journal Chris has written and created with all this fragments an amazing picture of the young man who died in Alaska and an exciting and very readable book, "Into the wild", which was turned into a major movie in 2007.
The book isn' t written in chronological order. It begins with the day McCandless last saw another human being and ends with the visit of his family members at the abandoned bus, where Christoper died. In between Krakauer gives information about Alaska, the things he thought to be fatal for the young man, but he also tells about other people who died in Alaska or walked on an journey similiar to Chris'. And Krakauer tells about his own life. McCandless reminded him of himself when he was younger and was determined to climb a mountain that was called "The Devils Thumb" in Alaska. He spent three weeks on his own in the wilderness.
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