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A gobsmacking, heartbreaking, punch of a read. You may well have heard of Chris McCandless, he abandoned his life to live in the wilds of Alaska. There is no happy ending to be found here, and the story of his last few months left me reeling. I have been to Alaska, and spent time in Healy, which is the last small town McCandless walked through before stepping into the wilderness of Denali. Author John Krakauer took me back there, his descriptions both sing and sting, this is no theme park ride. Into the Wild transports, it is also a provocative and powerful read.
With an introduction by novelist David Vann In April 1992, Chris McCandless set off alone into the Alaskan wild. He had given his savings to charity, abandoned his car and his possessions, and burnt the money in his wallet, determined to live a life of independence. Just four months later, Chris was found dead. An SOS note was taped to his makeshift home, an abandoned bus. In piecing together the final travels of this extraordinary young man's life, Jon Krakauer writes about the heart of the wilderness, its terribly beauty and its relentless harshness. Into the Wild is a modern classic of travel writing, and a riveting exploration of what drives some of us to risk more than we can afford to lose.
Closing date: 31/05/2020
A masterpiece of dramatic storytelling - Mail on Sunday
A compelling tale of tragic idealism. - The Times
An astonishingly gifted writer: his account of 'Alex Supertramp' is powerfully dramatic, eliciting sympathy for both the idealistic, anti-consumerist boy - and his parents. - Guardian
It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order. - Entertainment Weekly
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. - Washington Post
Terrifying . . . Eloquent . . . A heart-rending drama of human yearning. - New York Times
A fascinating story of idealism, fantasy, and the dark side of the wilderness experience -- Paul Theroux -
Publication date: 28/06/2018
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||28th June 2018|
|Publisher:||Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography,|
|Categories:||True stories, Travel writing,|
Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and was made into a film in 2008, Into Thin Air, Iceland, Under the Banner of Heaven and Where Men Win Glory. He is also the editor of the Modern Library Exploration Series.More About Jon Krakauer