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.
Yes, good and more detailed narrative on Chris' story. I think to really get into the book you need to have an appreciation for nature and it's importance in our lives. If you have personal experience in the wild then you will get significantly more out of this!
Krakauer did a good job and I enjoyed his writing, but the simple words that Chris wrote on his final postcard were haunting (in a good way): " ...I want you to know you’re a great man. I now walk into the wild." It was praise to a man that only spent a brief time with Chris but left a huge impact, and it was the culmination of Chris' dream ... test himself against himself, experience solitude, and return a new man ... unfortunately the return trip never came ... it would have incredible to really know what he learned, experienced, and gained from his expedition.
The many examples of deep connection and huge impact that Chris had on others simply through being authentic ... Westerberg, Franz, Buress ... wild, edge of society folks, the type that might not otherwise open up and be vulnerable ... they lost a friend, but they gained much more.
Yes, but its personal.
Honestly I was hoping for more of the spiritual side of the story, more of Chris' perspective and less of a scientific/documentarial debrief of Chris' death.
The story itself was good, but the narrator was so monotone that he ruined any emotion that a reader/listener would have otherwise felt by reading the story.
It needs a new narrator. The way this book was written, trying to piece together this man's life from so many different sources, lends itself to being dry and maybe a bit confusing for the younger readers (my 13 year old son was thoroughly confused). But there is a lot of adventure uncovered through the interviews, where the narrator has the opportunity to make the story exciting, to elicit some emotion from the audience - which I'm sure is what the author intended. But this narrator dropped the ball. He was completely monotone. Unfortunately this was the first time that I thought the movie was better than the book, and I'm sure it was due to the narration. And my son, who was listening to it with me, never understood that the story was being told as an assortment of interviews until we watched the movie! There was so little distinction between characters and events by the narrator, that my son was not even able to see the basic format of the book.
I'm on the fence about it. I was captivated by the book, but not fascinating. A pretty simple story — a man denounces the civilization for a few months, goes to Alaska, and doesn't make it back. There's more to the story — insights into mountaineering, hiking, Alaska, etc, but I don't think it's enough. I don't regret the time spent listening to the book, but I probably wouldn't give it a very high recommendation. Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" moved me much more.
The audio chapters annoyingly don't match the book chapters. Once in a while the audio would repeat a few phrases.
I liked the way Chris' struggle is depicted
Tame out all the authors tie ins to his own life
It's not a biography. It's a good story, but a lot of it has more to do with the authors life and struggle than with Chris'
I think everyone has at some point fantasized about leaving the world behind and going on the road. Becoming a drifter, or an explorer of urban america. This is a story about someone who actually did it. This is the perfect form of escapism.
I bought this book to listen to on my flights to Alaska. I didn't get the chance to do so. I finally listened to this book a few months after we came home. I am amazed by people who are willing to give it all up, travel, and pursue a dream. It made me very sad to see his dream slide from his fingers when he was so close to completing it!