Into the Wild

Into the Wild

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In a compelling book that evokes the writings of Thoreau, Muir, and Jack London, Krakauer recounts the haunting and tragic mystery of 22-year-old Chris McCandless who disappeared in April 1992 into the Alaskan wilderness in search of a raw, transcendent experience. His emaciated corpse was discovered four months later. Maps. NPR sponsorship.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 25mm | 329g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 067942850X
  • 9780679428503
  • 221,353

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In April 1992 a twenty-four-year-old from the Washington, D.C., suburbs named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaska wilderness below Mt. McKinley with a small-caliber rifle and a ten-pound bag of rice. Four months later, his emaciated corpse was found at his campsite by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives 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.
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Review quote

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

Compelling and tragic...Hard to put down.
--San Francisco Chronicle

Engrossing...with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man.
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order.
--Entertainment Weekly
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About Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer is the author of eight books and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. According to the award citation, Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer.

www.jonkrakauer.com
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