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    DescriptionBy examining the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature. '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 'a compelling tale of tragic idealism' The Times


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    Title
    Into the Wild
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jon Krakauer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 150 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780330351690
    ISBN 10: 0330351699
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: WTL, BT
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: ENGM5420
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23660
    DC21: 917.980451
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    Libri: ALAS5060
    Illustrations note
    map
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    12 March 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    The excruciating story of a young man on a quest for knowledge and experience, a search that eventually cooked his goose, told with the flair of a seasoned investigative reporter by Outside magazine contributing editor Krakauer (Eiger Dreams, 1990). Chris McCandless loved the road, the unadorned life, the Tolstoyan call to asceticism. After graduating college, he took off on another of his long destinationless journeys, this time cutting all contact with his family and changing his name to Alex Supertramp. He was a gent of strong opinions, and he shared them with those he met: "You must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life"; "be nomadic." Ultimately, in 1992, his terms got him into mortal trouble when he ran up against something - the Alaskan wild - that didn't give a hoot about Supertramp's worldview; his decomposed corpse was found 16 weeks after he entered the bush. Many people felt McCandless was just a hubris-laden jerk with a death wish (he had discarded his map before going into the wild and brought no food but a bag of rice). Krakauer thought not. Admitting an interest that bordered on obsession, he dug deep into McCandless's life. He found a willful, reckless, moody boyhood; an ugly little secret that sundered the relationship between father and son; a moral absolutism that agitated the young man's soul and drove him to extremes; but he was no more a nutcase than other pilgrims. Writing in supple, electric prose, Krakauer tries to make sense of McCandless (while scrupulously avoiding off-the-rack psychoanalysis): his risky behavior and the rites associated with it, his asceticism, his love of wide open spaces, the flights of his soul. A wonderful page-turner written with humility, immediacy, and great style. Nothing came cheap and easy to McCandless, nor will it to readers of Krakauer's narrative. (Kirkus Reviews)