Into the Wild

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Jon Krakauer

Into the wild is a biography about Christopher McCandless written by Jon Krakauer. Christopher, who referred to himself as “Alexander Supertramp” was a voyageur who preferred to get “lost” in the wildness of this Earth that we live on. Much like Henry David Thoreau, “Alex” relished in the challenges of surviving “off the land” rather than in the challenges in the society of man. After donating his $25,000 in savings to a charity, and abandoning his Datsun, his “car-less” wanderings took him through various “wild” trails in Arizona, Colorado, Mexico, California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Alaska. Unfortunately, Chris perished along the Stampede Trail near Fairbanks, Alaska.

There are passages and quotes from books by Jack London, Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy, John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and others in the book Into the Wild, because books by these authors were found with Chris’s remains and had been highlighted. Jon Krakauer had also written an article about this adventure story in Outside magazine. The library will be adding the movie about the book to our collection in March.

Geralyn, Technical Services & Circulation

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