Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: September 22, 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307476863
ISBN - 13: 9780307476869
From the Publisher
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. How McCandless came to die is the
unforgettable story of Into the Wild.
Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had
roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those
made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the
Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license
plates, and burned all of his cash. He would
give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered
by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw,
unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a
blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps
away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister,
he vanished into the wild.
Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he
reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short
life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he
searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled
McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently
compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the
profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the
allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of
mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.
When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and
fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed
for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is
said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a
very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge.
Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the
shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this
enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and
not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking,
Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and
luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Mountain climber and writer Jon Krakauer was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1954. He was raised in Corvallis, Oregon from two years of age. In 1976, Krakauer received a degree in Environmental Studies from Hampshire College in Massachusetts. He worked as a carpenter and fisherman and wrote articles on mountain climbing throughout the latter half of the 1970s. By 1980, he wrote regularly for Outside magazine and also wrote for such publications as National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Rolling Stone. Krakauer but may be best-known for his book, Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster. In this book, Krakauer recollected his guided climb of Mt. Everest that was known as the 1996 Everest Disaster. Krakauer is also recognized for his 1996 book: Into the Wild. It spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list and became a movie in 2007. He also wrote When Men Win Glory in 2010.