Book Review: Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

Vrinda Gupta
Vrinda Gupta

Book Review of Into the Wild

Written by Jon Krakauer, Into The Wild is a non-fiction book based on the life of an American guy named McCandless. The book is an amplification of the 9,000-word article titled ‘Death of an Innocent’. This article was written by Jon Krakauer for the Outside magazine.  However, even after completing his piece of journalism, Krakauer did not stop. He was so intrigued by McCandless’ life that he traveled across America. It resulted in a book, Into the Wild. This book was one of the most popular pieces of adventure writing. In 2007, this book was adapted to a film of the same name. Emile Hirsch played the role of McCandless in the film.

When McCandless graduated with honors at Emory University in 1991, he promised his parents he would apply to law school. However, he donated $25,000 in savings to the charity named OXFAM AMERICA. it works for eradicating starvation and hunger. Later, McCandless changed his identity and gave himself the nickname Alexander Supertramp. He then wandered off into the American West. With each step, he lightened the load he carried with himself.  Along the way, he abandoned most of his possessions. When his car got a dead battery, he ditched his car.  Eventually, he hid the number plate so that it can not be identified. He wandered for 2 years with an assumed identity and hitchhiked to Alaska.

Into the Wild has a detailed and vivid description of McCandless’s journey. The book portrays this young man as courageous and determined. However, it is an irony that the same man who funded hunger eradication charity died of starvation. It is an international bestseller that has been printed in 30 languages. You can preview the book Into The Wild by clicking on this link:

About the Author: Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer is an American writer and mountaineer. He was born on  April 12, 1954 (Present Age: 67 years old) in Massachusetts. Some of his greatest non-fiction books include- Into Thin Air( 1997), Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Patt Tillman(2009), and Under The Banner of Heaven(2003). Jon is also well-known for many of his magazine articles. He is an alma mater of Hampshire College in Massachusetts. In 1976, he earned a degree in Environmental Studies.

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Post completion of his graduation, Krakauer spent five weeks alone in the solitude of the Stikine Icecap region of Alaska. He has even talked about his experiences in his book Into the wild and Eiger Dreams.

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