Book Review of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter (Amazon).
I could not put this book down. There were some terms that I was unfamiliar with, but I enjoy being stretched. The book does use some foul language. It has nearly 3,000 four-plus stars on Amazon. It is about 230 pages long.
- Long captivated by the writing of Leo Tolstoy, McCandless particularly admired how the great novelist had forsaken a life of wealth and privilege to wander among the destitute.