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  • 05 February 2018
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review Into the Wild 103 read ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB º Jon Krakauer Librarian's Note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIn 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 25000 in savings to charity abandoned his car and most of his possessions burned all the cash in his wallet and invented a new li. My grandfather not an Alaskan but an experienced outdoorsman would have tied this kid to a tree and let the bears play tetherball with himA small part of me appreciates the effort Krakauer put into researching this book A much bigger part of me is completely disgusted both with McCandless himself and with Krakauer s mindless adoration of him Krakauer pulls out all the stops to make McCandless look like a phenomenon and seems to agree with McCandless that the world should have handed itself to him on a silver salver because he was just so darned special We re told he was brilliant independent funny kind musical athletic visionary talented Can you see the halo Unfortunately the impression that comes across is of a snotty adolescent who has never seriously thought of anyone but himself and is used to getting by on charm and flippancy rather than making good use of his considerable gifts and I do not doubt that he was gifted The conflicting aspects of his personality don t sound uirky they sound devious and self servingKrakauer tries half heartedly to disguise his fascination but his admissions that McCandless was a clueless young hothead sound insincere he has to say it to sound credible to his readers who are less smitten Krakauer makes an apt comparison between himself as an idealistic and foolhardy young man and McCandless and then dismisses himself because he didn t have McCandless intellect This sounds utterly bogus after all we have been told about McCandless foolish mistakes and the obvious fact that Krakauer is not stupid Two chapters that could have provided some insight into his hero are wasted because Krakauer sounds like a religious fanatic with McCandless as his unknowable God and Krakauer as the I m not worthy followerMcCandless and Everett Ruess overconfidence speaks to a fascination with nature but not a respect for it Courage is not the same as not knowing when we ought to have a healthy degree of fear Instead McCandless arrogantly drives his car into the habitat of an endangered species of poppy He butchers a moose wasting the life of a beautiful and well adapted animal because he could not be bothered to learn ahead of time how to preserve itThis was not a tragedy this was inevitable I don t believe he was schizophrenic or suicidal Bipolar or ADD maybe His own friends readily admitted that he had a lot of enthusiasm but little common sense and didn t know much outside of academia There are so many glaring outdoorsmanship errors made in the first two chapter that even I was cringingI write this with full admission that I am not much of an outdoorsperson However I don t believe for a minute that he lasted longer than most of us would have or that at least he tried it as so many of his fans insist I wouldn t try it not because I m scared but because I can tell from here that ten pounds of rice and no preparation is a recipe for failure I don t need to try it and if I did I d want to live to get something out of it Lots of other people have gone into the wilderness and come out just fine because they knew the magnitude of their own insignificance and planned aheadI m not jealous of his alleged brilliance either I was accepted to Emory And the University of Chicago And a couple of other amply respected schools Lots of people are Big deal1 His bourgeois status made his adventure possible in the first place He had money to pay his college tuition the rest of us graduated and went to work to pay off our loans He also had the gall to complain about his parents offers to help him out which smacks of a kid given so much that he doesn t know how fortunate he isFurther living with nothing by choice is very different from living with nothing because you have no alternative Though I m sure he would have denied it McCandless had the option of going back to his affluent life if he had wanted to or if he had had to in an emergency Maybe it would have knocked his self image for a loop but he would have been sheltered fed and nursed back to health A lot of people live in poverty without that safety net 2 Now is not the time to be sueamish about killing animals Hint There are no vegetarian Aleut This guy was a history and anthropology major I learned in anthro that you can eat plants and lean protein until you burst and still starve to death if you aren t getting enough calories It s very difficult to feed yourself if you re alone and don t have a lot of practice at it3 If he got this idea from Thoreau and London he wasn t reading very carefully McCandless should have read less Thoreau and Donner Party London s Alaskan experience was during the Klondike Gold Rush when he had plenty of help from others Thoreau lived in a cabin on the edge of town a mile and a half from the family home He was not in the wilderness Further Thoreau s civil disobedience was a protest against the Mexican War and slavery not a petty defiance of matters of public safety such as mandatory car insurance McCandless was a rebel without a cause4 Book smart can t save you now Success only learning does not work Krakauer goes into raptures about McCandless education and intelligence to demonstrate the supposed tragedy of his loss Nice brain gymnastics but apples to oranges when what you need is practical knowledgeThis guy was idolized by some my college classmates most of whom were sheltered relatively wealthy urbanites They had the same vague and pathetic need for real experiences and arrogant expectation of success that comes from never having failed at anything in their lives5 For most of his trip McCandless was neither independent or self reliant He got lost in Mexico it would have been self reliant to get a map and take charge of his own navigation He didn t eat for days until somebody felt sorry for him and fed him Once he was in a situation where there was nobody to step in for him he died in this respect I disagree with Krakauer that McCandless was any different from Carl McCunn Even at that point he left a note on the door of the bus begging for rescueThe best and most independent outdoorsmen spend years learning Just because you were a superstar student and athlete doesn t mean you get to skip all the hard work I ve no doubt that McCandless was smart but he was mind bogglingly ignorant and inexperienced6 Why are these self discovery escapades always so self centered How about joining the Peace Corps Teaching in inner city schools Working in healthcare in a remote South Asian village If you re so disgusted with society why don t you do something to improve it rather than keeping all the enlightenment for yourself7 Nature is not your babysitter Nature doesn t care if you live or die It s survival of the fittest and humans compared to most animals are slow weak poorly armed poorly insulated have no stamina have poor senses of smell eyesight and hearing and are ill adapted to go without clean water and food for any length of time We are clearly meant to live in groups and use tools This guy didn t even bring an ax8 He was already controlled and tainted by society or else he would not have worked so hard to avoid it His anti society and anti materialism were as controlling of him as is the materialism of those who think they can find themselves by buying the right clothes or drug habit or SUV9 Unprepared people who set out on ill planned adventures and need to be rescued are jackasses A lot of other people better prepared better trained and sensible people such as park service volunteers and EMT s end up spending a lot of time and money and risking their own necks to save them McCandless spared everyone that trouble but I m sure there s a whole line of wannabes lined up to try it I hope they have to pay back every penny spent on their rescuesAnd Truth The bad news is that Truth is relative It doesn t exist in a vacuum What a waste Le journal d'Adèle researching this book A much bigger part of me is completely disgusted both with McCandless himself and with Krakauer s mindless adoration of him Krakauer pulls out all the stops to make McCandless look like a phenomenon and seems to agree with McCandless that the world should have handed itself to him on a silver salver because he was just so darned special We Matilda re told he was brilliant independent funny kind musical athletic visionary talented Can you see the halo Unfortunately the impression that comes across is of a snotty adolescent who has never seriously thought of anyone but himself and is used to getting by on charm and flippancy Poil de carotte rather than making good use of his considerable gifts and I do not doubt that he was gifted The conflicting aspects of his personality don t sound uirky they sound devious and self servingKrakauer tries half heartedly to disguise his fascination but his admissions that McCandless was a clueless young hothead sound insincere he has to say it to sound credible to his Soldat Peaceful (Folio Junior) (French Edition) readers who are less smitten Krakauer makes an apt comparison between himself as an idealistic and foolhardy young man and McCandless and then dismisses himself because he didn t have McCandless intellect This sounds utterly bogus after all we have been told about McCandless foolish mistakes and the obvious fact that Krakauer is not stupid Two chapters that could have provided some insight into his hero are wasted because Krakauer sounds like a Les douze travaux d'Hercule - Petites histoires de la Mythologie - Dès 9 ans religious fanatic with McCandless as his unknowable God and Krakauer as the I m not worthy followerMcCandless and Everett Ruess overconfidence speaks to a fascination with nature but not a Les émotions de Gaston - J'ai peur respect for it Courage is not the same as not knowing when we ought to have a healthy degree of fear Instead McCandless arrogantly drives his car into the habitat of an endangered species of poppy He butchers a moose wasting the life of a beautiful and well adapted animal because he could not be bothered to learn ahead of time how to preserve itThis was not a tragedy this was inevitable I don t believe he was schizophrenic or suicidal Bipolar or ADD maybe His own friends Hermès, le dieu aux mille dons (PETITES HISTOIRES MYTHOLOGIE) (French Edition) readily admitted that he had a lot of enthusiasm but little common sense and didn t know much outside of academia There are so many glaring outdoorsmanship errors made in the first two chapter that even I was cringingI write this with full admission that I am not much of an outdoorsperson However I don t believe for a minute that he lasted longer than most of us would have or that at least he tried it as so many of his fans insist I wouldn t try it not because I m scared but because I can tell from here that ten pounds of Pierre et le loup (Mes petits contes classiques) rice and no preparation is a The Three Little Pigs (Keepsake Stories) recipe for failure I don t need to try it and if I did I d want to live to get something out of it Lots of other people have gone into the wilderness and come out just fine because they knew the magnitude of their own insignificance and planned aheadI m not jealous of his alleged brilliance either I was accepted to Emory And the University of Chicago And a couple of other amply L'Iliade et l'Odyssée respected schools Lots of people are Big deal1 His bourgeois status made his adventure possible in the first place He had money to pay his college tuition the Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (Folio Junior Textes classiques) (French Edition) rest of us graduated and went to work to pay off our loans He also had the gall to complain about his parents offers to help him out which smacks of a kid given so much that he doesn t know how fortunate he isFurther living with nothing by choice is very different from living with nothing because you have no alternative Though I m sure he would have denied it McCandless had the option of going back to his affluent life if he had wanted to or if he had had to in an emergency Maybe it would have knocked his self image for a loop but he would have been sheltered fed and nursed back to health A lot of people live in poverty without that safety net 2 Now is not the time to be sueamish about killing animals Hint There are no vegetarian Aleut This guy was a history and anthropology major I learned in anthro that you can eat plants and lean protein until you burst and still starve to death if you aren t getting enough calories It s very difficult to feed yourself if you Zeus, le roi des dieux - Dès 9 ans re alone and don t have a lot of practice at it3 If he got this idea from Thoreau and London he wasn t Le jardin secret reading very carefully McCandless should have Une nounou ça sert à quoi ? read less Thoreau and Donner Party London s Alaskan experience was during the Klondike Gold Rush when he had plenty of help from others Thoreau lived in a cabin on the edge of town a mile and a half from the family home He was not in the wilderness Further Thoreau s civil disobedience was a protest against the Mexican War and slavery not a petty defiance of matters of public safety such as mandatory car insurance McCandless was a L'île au trésor rebel without a cause4 Book smart can t save you now Success only learning does not work Krakauer goes into Dans le ventre du cheval de Troie - Petites histoires de la Mythologie - Dès 9 ans raptures about McCandless education and intelligence to demonstrate the supposed tragedy of his loss Nice brain gymnastics but apples to oranges when what you need is practical knowledgeThis guy was idolized by some my college classmates most of whom were sheltered Le merveilleux voyage de Nils Holgersson relatively wealthy urbanites They had the same vague and pathetic need for Le Roman de Renart: Les anguilles (Folio Cadet Premiers romans, 65) (French Edition) real experiences and arrogant expectation of success that comes from never having failed at anything in their lives5 For most of his trip McCandless was neither independent or self Tricot : Avec 3 pelotes de laine, 1 paire d'aiguilles à tricoter en bois, 1 aiguille à laine, 4 boutons pour embellir tes créations reliant He got lost in Mexico it would have been self Noé (08) reliant to get a map and take charge of his own navigation He didn t eat for days until somebody felt sorry for him and fed him Once he was in a situation where there was nobody to step in for him he died in this Comment éduquer ses parents… respect I disagree with Krakauer that McCandless was any different from Carl McCunn Even at that point he left a note on the door of the bus begging for Le Monde de Narnia, II : Le Lion, la Sorcière blanche et l'Armoire magique rescueThe best and most independent outdoorsmen spend years learning Just because you were a superstar student and athlete doesn t mean you get to skip all the hard work I ve no doubt that McCandless was smart but he was mind bogglingly ignorant and inexperienced6 Why are these self discovery escapades always so self centered How about joining the Peace Corps Teaching in inner city schools Working in healthcare in a Pierrot & Miette : Héros des tranchées remote South Asian village If you L'île au trésor re so disgusted with society why don t you do something to improve it 24 contes et chansons pour les petits enfants ! rather than keeping all the enlightenment for yourself7 Nature is not your babysitter Nature doesn t care if you live or die It s survival of the fittest and humans compared to most animals are slow weak poorly armed poorly insulated have no stamina have poor senses of smell eyesight and hearing and are ill adapted to go without clean water and food for any length of time We are clearly meant to live in groups and use tools This guy didn t even bring an ax8 He was already controlled and tainted by society or else he would not have worked so hard to avoid it His anti society and anti materialism were as controlling of him as is the materialism of those who think they can find themselves by buying the Winnie-The-Pooh Classic Collection right clothes or drug habit or SUV9 Unprepared people who set out on ill planned adventures and need to be P'tit Mickey : Mickey policier rescued are jackasses A lot of other people better prepared better trained and sensible people such as park service volunteers and EMT s end up spending a lot of time and money and Igor et les trois petits cochons risking their own necks to save them McCandless spared everyone that trouble but I m sure there s a whole line of wannabes lined up to try it I hope they have to pay back every penny spent on their Caïn rescuesAnd Truth The bad news is that Truth is Thésée contre le Minotaure - Dès 9 ans relative It doesn t exist in a vacuum What a waste

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review Into the Wild 103 read ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB º Jon Krakauer Ped 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 away the maps Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister he vanished into the wild. We are all heroes to ourselves McCandless was Krakauer is This doesn t vary All that varies is how we define heroism and how much or how little we are prepared to do to for that stanceIn order to get people usually young men to sacrifice their lives we tell them of those that went before and tell them they were heroes who died for their countries died for their principles died even for their dreams Impractical dreams that are the province of the young And those who would be heroes never concern themselves with the practical that is far too mundane it is for others to take care of those details McCandless dream of heroism was to survive entirely alone and entirely off the land at the ends of the earth It didn t include the practicality of learning about the wild foods he might forage in that area or how he might survive in extreme weather conditions or even exactly where his place of solitude was situated so that when he sought succour at the end he didn t even know how close it really was The final photograph he took of himself is of a wasted face gaunt but beautiful with the shining eyes of one who has lived his dream and is satisfied Then he died Le Cirque raw unfiltered experiences that nature presented Craving a blank spot on the map McCandless simply threw away the maps Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister he vanished into the wild. We are all heroes to ourselves McCandless was Krakauer is This doesn t vary All that varies is how we define heroism and how much or how little we are prepared to do to for that stanceIn order to get people usually young men to sacrifice their lives we tell them of those that went before and tell them they were heroes who died for their countries died for their principles died even for their dreams Impractical dreams that are the province of the young And those who would be heroes never concern themselves with the practical that is far too mundane it is for others to take care of those details McCandless dream of heroism was to survive entirely alone and entirely off the land at the ends of the earth It didn t include the practicality of learning about the wild foods he might forage in that area or how he might survive in extreme weather conditions or even exactly where his place of solitude was situated so that when he sought succour at the end he didn t even know how close it J'observe avec Babar. Le Cirque, tome 5 really was The final photograph he took of himself is of a wasted face gaunt but beautiful with the shining eyes of one who has lived his dream and is satisfied Then he died

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review Into the Wild 103 read ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB º Jon Krakauer Fe for himself Four months later a party of moose hunters found his decomposed body How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the WildImmediately after graduating from college in 1991 McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision uest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car strip. In 1992 roughly around the same time Chris McCandless was living out his final days in the Alaskan wilderness I would have been enjoying the summer holidays before embarking on my final year at school contemplating the big wide world and what I was going to do with the rest of my life It wasn t until watching Sean Penn s film in 2008 I would learn of Chris s story a story that moved me immenselyI always presumed Jon Krakauer s book would be some huge epic but was surprised on finding out it s a little over 200 pages I simply had to read it just don t know why it took me so long It s going to be difficult to review this without making my own thoughts on Chris known first Although it isn t as straightforward as this taking everything into consideration if there is to be a camp criticism and a camp McCandless then I firmly sit with McCandless He was an awe inspiring bright young man who simply broke free from the establishment to follow his own path a path going by both book and film that was simply stunning I know there are people that criticized his adventure as reckless stupid dangerous and well uneuipped for the treacherous landscape of wild Alaska and were even angry with him that he deserved what was coming to him disrespecting nature Let s not forget something he probably died a slow agonizing death that you wouldn t wish on anybody why the anger from people who didn t even know him it was nobody else s business what Chris chose to undertake As the old saying goes it s a free country And he was just that freeI do feel for his family of course I can t begin to imagine the pain and anguish they would have had to injure and the fact he didn t try to contact his sister Karine who he was dearly close to was strange I just hope his family came to eventually realize that the two years Chris spent on the road he would have been immensely happy That s got to count for something Had he gone on to work no doubt well paid work you get the impression he just wouldn t want to be there Had Chris been some wacko or mentally incapacitated person I would have taken far pity over his story but he wasn t he was highly intelligent and knew exactly what he was doing That s why although he came to a sad end I am still on the whole happy for the guyThe strongest parts of the book for me are actually not the last months in Alaska which had to be recreated based on Chris diary and the evidence found at the site of his death but the memories of people whom Chris had met on his travels with whom he had caught rides worked and stayed struck up friendships I was especially moved by the generosity of strangers and by Chris s run in with 81 year old Ron Franz whom he managed to convince to give up the monotonous life and take up adventure These two years of traveling had no boundaries no obligations no limitations no expectations Just exploring the land exploring life and himself Jon Krakauer also included memories from his own youth trying to draw comparisons with Chris along with some other historical journey s similar to what McCandless embarked on Chris was a keen reader and used literature as a way to inspire him on the road there were uotes from the likes of Leo Tolstoy Jack London Henry David Thoreau and Wallace Stegner that he noted down in his diary these play an important role for any outsider trying to understand just who Chris wasThe book works wonders on different levels it deals with non fiction in a dramatic storytelling way like an adventure novel but also stays as close as possible to the facts and truths recovered from Chris s diary I didn t think his epic story could be condensed down to 200 pages but it works only concentrating on the things that truly matter I was moved to the core Not many books have had the opportunity to do this to meOne shouldn t judge a life by its end or its duration but by its content Chris may have died young but his life certainly was a fulfilling one