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am 20. März 2017
Ich habe schon den Film zu diesem Buch gesehen und wollte einfach nochmal das Buch lesen da wie man ja vielleicht weiß es immer unterschiede gibt. Insgesamt gefällt mir das Buch viel besser als der Film. Ich finde die Emotionen kommen auch viel deutlicher zum Vorschein und das ganze wirkt lebendiger. Wer nicht weiß worüber dieses Buch handelt kann sich ja eine ZSM.Fassung im Internet durchlesen aber glaubt mir lest nicht das Ende das muss man mit dem Buch tun!!!
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am 12. März 2017
This is a wonderful book, a deep exploration of the adventurous human spirit (particular the young male spirit), but mothers of young
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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am 20. Juli 2000
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.
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.
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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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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.
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am 16. März 2005
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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am 23. Dezember 1999
My second Krakauer book (after Into Thin Air) prooved to be an interesting tale about teenage angst gone terribly awry.
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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am 9. November 1999
"Into the Wild" is one of the most unusual and powerful books I have ever read. Krakauer tells the story of Chris McCandless very skillfully, in haunting, mesmerizing prose. Krakauer's themes are grand, but he makes his points with great subtlety and understatement. Some readers have failed to understand what he is up to, but those who are perceptive will get it.
Some readers, for instance, apparently didn't understand why Krakauer included two chapters about his own solo Alaskan adventure, which he undertook when he was the same age as McCandless. But Krakauer's inclusion of these chapters is absolutely essential to the book's success. Far from being "filler," these chapters explain (albeit between the lines) why Krakauer was so obsessed with the tragedy of ChrisMcCandless, and shed a great amount of (indirect)light on McCandless's motivations.
The writing techniques and structural strategies Krakauer employs in this book are quite sophisticated and somewhat risky, and will no doubt pass over the heads of some readers, but I think the risks Krakauer took are worth it, and the book succeeds brilliantly when all is said and done. "Into the Wild" will one day be recognized as one of the classics of twentieth century American literature. If you read it, I guarantee it will get under your skin. You will not be able to stop thinking about Chris McCandless.
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am 5. März 1999
Early on in Karkauer's account I disliked Chris McCandless immensely. He displayed a selfish and unjustified lack of respect for his parents, his government and his society. Yet his nomadic lifestyle would have been impossible without the generosity of strangers living in the "conventional world" he so despised. And in the very last days of his life, he was forced to plea for help from the same "conventional world" from which he so readily withdrew. While reading the second half of the book, however, may views began to change. Mr. Krakauer does a fine job of explaining the drive behind such men as McCandless (and himself). Contrary to other readers, I found these sections immensely helpful in trying to understand McCandless, and I came to gain more respect for the main character. In the end, Into the Wild is most interesting because it tells a biographical tale of the author himself and others like him. As the author explains, Krakauer undertook similar solo journies in Alaska at around the same age. He too could have died. To portray McCandless as selfish or sophomoric meant indicting himself. Nevertheless, Krakauer's well-written prose does not shy from such self-flaggelation. He reflects honestly on the dangerous risks such young men (including himself) have taken, does not seek to justify them but to explain them, and leaves the reader with the knowledge the losing yourself in the vastness of nature is unlikely to cure troubles that may exist within.
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am 23. Juli 2000
This is the tragic stroy of Christopher McCandless, a man who was willing to sacrafice everything for a chance at experiencing life as few people ever do. One day Chris, or Alexander Supertramp as he preferred to be called, decided to cut all ties with the modern world and live in absolute freedom. Jon Krakauer beautifully narrates the reader through Alexander's ill-fated adventure that finally ended in an abandoned bus in the wilds of Alaska. Along the way, the reader is introduced to a collection of colorful people who have also sought escape from the trials of daily life. These glimpses help to put Alexander's uncommon desire to break from modern society into its proper perspective. Into the Wild is also a story about one family's love for their son, and the search for understanding and closure concerning his eventual death. In the process the reader is given great insight into the mind, and possible motives for his desire to escape. But, as we find out this is not just the story of one family, but, the story of many people and families that Alexander touched in his odyessy across America. Despite the fact that Alexander's quest cost him his life, I would dare to say that during those four brief months he felt more alive and experienced more than most people do in a entire lifetime. His warm smile on the opening page is a testament to the happiness, and contentment that he experienced in his self-imposed solitude. Finally, this is not merely a book about the tragedy of death, it is instead a celebration of nature and one mans quest to experience it.
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