Summary: 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 Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself…
“Terrifying…Eloquent…A heart-rending drama wandering of human yearning.”–The New York Times
“A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It’s gripping stuff.”–The Washington Post…Read more.
I really love Krakauer’s writing. I’ve read both Into the Wild and Into Thin Air and they’re both excellent. I really enjoyed how Krakauer puts bits of his own life into the story in order to help understand the sparsely documented journey of Chris McCandless.
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Jon Krakauer: Into The Wild Audio Book Summary
While the name of the book Into The Wild is certainly well known, there are a lot of people who don’t know what the book covers. Some simply know that it was made into a motion picture. Many people assume that it’s a novel.
In actuality, Into The Wind is a non-fiction book. It explores the events that lead to the death of 24-year-old Christopher McCandless.
Christopher McCandless grew up in a wealthy family and attended a prestigious university. After he graduated, however, his life took a strange turn. He gave away his college fund, stopped talking to his friends and family members, and began traveling across the United States.
After journeying through a number of states and abandoning his car after a flash flood, McCandless eventually found himself hiking through the Alaskan wilderness. He lived there for about 119 days, during which time he kept a journal of his experiences.
When McCandless was in Alaska, he was trapped by the swell of the river. He survived for a time, but eventually perished in August of 1992. His body was discovered about a month later.
Over the course of the book, the writer, Jon Krakauer, explores a number of things. He looks at what might have motivated McCandless, a seemingly successful young man, to take a trip like this. He looks at other young men who tried similar things, many who met similar fates.
Krakauer also explores the circumstances surrounding McCandless’ death. How he died isn’t completely clear. He theorizes that because his nutrition was so poor, he may have been poisoned by mold.
Krakauer also talks to the family and friends of McCandless. They are all puzzled by the events leading to his death, particularly the strange behavior around the time he left.
To give readers a better sense of how disoriented the people around him felt, and to change their perception of McCandless’ own journey, many of the events in the book are presented out of chronological order. Readers discover that McCandless died right away, but don’t learn about the circumstances surrounding his journey until later on.
With that said, anyone who reads this book will eventually have a clear understanding of everything that happened and the order that it happened in. They’ll find out the places that he journeyed to and how he kept people from searching from him when he first left. They’ll also be able to see what he wrote about in his journal.
While many of McCandless’ choices are a mystery, readers will have a better understanding of the kind of person he was after finishing this book. They’ll learn about his passion for naturists like Henry David Thoreau and the writer Jack London.
This book has received a lot of positive reception from readers. It’s an excellent choice for anyone who wants to read a non-fiction book that has a tragic and gripping story behind it. Anyone who was interested in the film will be able to gain new insight from this title.