INTO THE WILD, Krakauer, Jon

Author Name    Krakauer, Jon


Binding   Paperback

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    Knopf Doubleday Publishing G 1997

ISBN Number    0385486804 / 9780385486804

Seller ID   RWARE0000039916

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Chris topher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, aban doned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his walle t, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed b ody was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforget table story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed th rough the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroe s Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, str ipped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give h imself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and be longings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences tha t nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply thre w the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanish ed into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond betw

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