A romantic biography of a romantic by a romantic. Krakauer does it again, but as usual, the subject matter is inherently gripping. Putting his own personalized framing over the unfortunate story of Chris's demise, and the stalwart adventurelust that led him there, Krakauer carries you skeptical and passionate analysis of Chris's life. An adventure and a lesson in every chapter.
it was good, at about 2 1/2 hours in the story is over then goes off on a tangent with other stories then goes back to the story through the family in the last part.
the writing style was ok, more big word verbs instead of similies and metaphors that would have brought the story more to life.
good overall, there was more detail then I thought. a little more realistic then the movie that I thought was pretty pretentious.
This was better than the movie, which to me is really a 50/50 shot with most books (I lack imagination). Absolutely loved it and will listen to it many more times.
I finally read it. I have been wanting to for the past few years. Because I am wild at heart and want to go to Alaska. Great read and a lot of lesson to learn from Chris.
It is clear that this protagonist took risks that many of us would find irrational. Jon K. acknowledges this but approaches his story with a sense of compassion and humanity. His sense of longing to create a basic understanding of what drew him into the Alaskan harsh land is apparent throughout. As a mom of two teenage boys, I appreciate his candid and careful exposition. Great book.
It would have been better if we actually knew anything about this guy's story. The problem is that the main character dies, and no one else was there to know what happened. And he left very little written documentation behind. So the author adds lots of fluff that doesn't have much to do with his story, in order to make this a full length book.
....for all kids.
I love this book, McCandless was a rare type of person and his story needs to be heard by every kid around 14 years old. Jon Krakauer did an amazing job are telling McCandless' story.