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wonderful complicated journey
am 19. Mai 2000
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. Sometimes the eloquent language is the only thing binding a reader to this book. One of the most important thing about INTO THE WILD is the ending though. In the last 100 pages many important issues are brought up that make the book worth reading. 1) We learn about the how starvation affects the body 2) We hear the effects of McCandless' adventures on his family, and how they deal with his death 3) Much moral thought is addressed about the passions and desires of young people and 4) (the most important :) ) we learn wild sweetpea and wild potato information. Take my word for it, if you have the time to really think about this book, and the friends to read it with you to help you understand the difficult parts, then it is a wonderful experiance with a lot of good thinking. If you want an easy read though, this is not the book for you.