Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is the story of Chris McCandless, a young man determined to live completely in the wild. Giving up his savings and possesions, McCandless hitchikes through the country, eventually ending up in the Alaskan wilderness where he starves to death. Krakauer tries to figure out how this could have happened, by interviewing the many who came in contact with the young man as well as tracing his path. McCandless, while described as intellegent and idealistic, is often maddenling frustrating. It hard to feel sympathetic for someone so clearly out of touch of reality. However, Krakauer shows that McCandless’ story is not as unique as one would hope. Like Into Thin Air, Into the Wild is exciting and well written.
Try Into the Wild if you like Jon Krakauer’s other adventure piece Into Thin Air.