In April 1992, a young man named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaskan wilderness, where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus. For over 20 years his story has captivated millions, and yet only one person knew the truth behind his remarkable journey - until now.
Through a tumultuous childhood, the McCandless siblings clung to each other amidst a chaotic home life, forming a lifelong bond and an unbreakable trust. So when Chris abandoned nearly all of his possessions, cut off all family ties, and forged an anonymous existence on the road, Carine understood what drew Chris away from all he had known. Having to face her own truth and surmount some crushing obstacles in the absence of her beloved brother, Carine drew strength from his constant presence while forging ahead on her own unique journey.
A powerful and deeply personal story, The Wild Truth is both a revelatory glimpse into the life of Chris McCandless and the inspirational tale of one woman's resilience in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
©2014 Carine McCandless (P)2014 Harper Collins Publishers
Thought the book was pretty good but the best part was having the author narrate the book...she had a great voice and the emotion was sincere. I have always been very intrigued by the "Into The Wild" story.
I ordered this book wondering what l "truth" had been missing from Into the Wild. I ordered for curiosity sake and was pleasantly surprised by all I hadn't known after reading Jon Krakauer's book. I never expected to be touched so deeply and personally by this book. For me, it was exactly what I needed to read, exactly at this point in my life. I hope you enjoy it equally but if not I'm sure it will enlighten you. Makes me want to reread Into The Wild. Actually makes me NEED to reread Into The Wild.
Nothing. It was honest.
If you liked Into the Wild for the philosophical/ideological reasons then this book is NOT for you!! It is simply a memoir of a family's life and the struggles that each child had growing up. Like MANY families, this family is dysfunctional and the children raised in that dysfunction resulted in adults struggling to find themselves. If you enjoy memoirs like this, then it's an interesting book. If you read this because of Into the Wild, then I do not recommend it!! I didn't even finish it.
I'm Irish and proud of it! Father of three beautiful girls, USAF veteran, 25 years in Social Services! Carpe Diem
Articulate, fascinating and raw
I would say that this book offered a similar portrayal of inspiring heights of "The Last Season". Both of these men shared a common and above reproach respect for nature and themselves. These two stories shared common elements in so far as their uniqueness. Both perished in the wild and were "truth seekers" in life.
I've never heard of her before this book. I have read several on this story and viewed the documentary as well. Carine is fascinating and her descriptive abilities are notable. I was able to build pictures in my mind when she described events in her life as they happened. Honestly I thought she did an outstanding job and would listen to her every chance I was given. What a complicated, generous person Carine is. She was able to convey the "Rest of the Story" as I knew there had to be more to this story! I have the utmost respect for her courage, bravery and commitment to her brother...
It was sad throughout the story. Having worked in social services for 26 years and I have seen the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of many children. I cannot wrap my mind around a man such as her father, someone who was brilliant in every way except his personal life. In the wake of their destructive and toxic behavior most assuredly effect Chris and the other siblings immensely.
Thank you for your work on this project and may god bless you, your family and all those who were touched by Chris's presence.
Watched the movie? Read the original book? Well, then you really NEED to read this version with all of the backstory and details. This is all about WHY, not in a justification way but in an honest "here's my perspective" of what happened to me and my brother.
Honesty, authenticity but not "just the facts". Carine did a great job to present her story from her perspective, giving some insight into history that may have led Chris to make some of the decisions he made, ones that ultimately cost him his life. What frightened me are the parallels that can be made in so many families where the older generation refuses to see, acknowledge and thereby heal the past. Instead they march on toward the end of their lives with pain and internal strife caused by the incongruences between reality and the presentation the put on for everyone else.
Carine was the central character and had the greatest impact. I felt her pain in telling her story but appreciated her authenticity throughout.
Honestly, I do not judge Chris' parents and I get the impression that Carine carries a significant amount of forgiveness in her heart too. I would encourage readers to challenge themselves to see the story through different angles and uphold judgment.
More information about Chris, less about Carine
Probably not. Her voice was pretty annoying.
A few short passages about Chris's life.
If you want to hear a sob story about Carine's life, including many details about her failed relationships and marriages, as well as how terrible her parents were, then read this book. The vast majority of it is about HER, not Chris. Sure, there are passages about Chris, but most of it is about how abusive her parents were and how terrible her failed relationships were.
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