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A life lost in the wilderness,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Into the Wild (Taschenbuch)
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. It was an experience he never forgot, and which helped him to tell Christopher J. McCandless' story, and there were more parallels in their both lives.
The young man was a rebel, like almost every young person is, he was tired of the live that was waiting for him, "...they are conditioned to a life of security", he just wanted to take a break, "...to explore the inner country of his own soul."
Unfortunately he failed to walk back into civilization, although salvation was close. The wilderness, is no longer so wild, as Christoper oder Alexander Supertramp, as he called himself for some time, thought. There are no more blank spots in Alaska. Nearby were some cabins with first-aid supplies and emergency food and two weeks after McCandless died, six people met by chance at the abondened bus and found the corpse.