Into The Wild

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Definitely a MUST SEE for me this fall. I’d read Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air last year and loved it. Thanks to the fabulous Shea, I found out that they were making a movie of one of his other books, Into the Wild. Directed by Sean Penn, the cast looks to be top notch. I decided to pick up a copy of Into the Wild and added it to my summer reading list. Last night, I cracked it open and began reading. And reading. And reading. I read half of the book last night. Now granted, it’s only just over 200 pages but that still means I read 100 pages last night. If I wasn’t so tired, I would have kept going but I had trouble keeping my eyes open.

Here’s what Amazon says about the book:
After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness. Four months later, he turned up dead. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to survive, apparently stranded by an injury and slowly starving. They also reflect the posturing of a confused young man, raised in affluent Annandale, Va., who self-consciously adopted a Tolstoyan renunciation of wealth and return to nature. Krakauer, a contributing editor to Outside and Men's Journal, retraces McCandless's ill-fated antagonism toward his father, Walt, an eminent aerospace engineer. Krakauer also draws parallels to his own reckless youthful exploit in 1977 when he climbed Devils Thumb, a mountain on the Alaska-British Columbia border, partly as a symbolic act of rebellion against his autocratic father. In a moving narrative, Krakauer probes the mystery of McCandless's death, which he attributes to logistical blunders and to accidental poisoning from eating toxic seed pods.

Perhaps its my own sense of wanderlust, but I’ve been completely sucked into this book. It’s going straight onto my favourite nonfiction list and I haven’t even finished it. If you get a chance, go out and get yourself a copy or borrow one from the library. A great read.


Sheamus the... said...

I knew those Buzz like a Bees had a purpose. Also to find your name written on someone else's blog is lamost has exciting as waking up and seeing your name the newspaper. UNless its in the obituary of course.

SME said...

Krakauer is dang good. I even liked his book on Mormonism.

McCandless got a lot of posthumous flak for being so reckless, but there are just some people who are *different* and must follow their own drumbeat, I guess.

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