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The Resource Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Label
Into the Wild
Title
Into the Wild
Statement of responsibility
Jon Krakauer
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished 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 between fathers and sons.When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding—and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page
Summary
The story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the fascinating allure that the wilderness has for the American imagination
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Award
  • Garden State Teen Book Award (New Jersey), Nonfiction, 1999.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1997
Biography type
individual biography
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180052
Cataloging source
DLC
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Krakauer, Jon
Dewey number
917.98045
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
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1270
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Travel
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Into the Wild
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:85d93283-c2fd-4841-91f9-19bf5002aaf2
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307476869
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Into the Wild
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:85d93283-c2fd-4841-91f9-19bf5002aaf2
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307476869
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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