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In April 1992 a 24-year-old from the Washington, D.C., suburbs named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaska wilderness below Mt. McKinley with a small-caliber rifle and a 10-pound bag of rice. Four months later, his emaciated corpse was found at his campsite by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of "Into the Wild." Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives 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.
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After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness. Four months later, he turned up dead. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to survive, apparently stranded by an injury and slowly starving. They also reflect the posturing of a confused young man, raised in affluent Annandale, Va., who self-consciously adopted a Tolstoyan renunciation of wealth and return to nature. Krakauer, a contributing editor to Outside and Men's Journal, retraces McCandless's ill-fated antagonism toward his father, Walt, an eminent aerospace engineer. Krakauer also draws parallels to his own reckless youthful exploit in 1977 when he climbed Devils Thumb, a mountain on the Alaska-British Columbia border, partly as a symbolic act of rebellion against his autocratic father. In a moving narrative, Krakauer probes the mystery of McCandless's death, which he attributes to logistical blunders and to accidental poisoning from eating toxic seed pods. Maps. 35,000 first printing; author tour. (Jan.)

Jon Krakauer tells the riveting story of Chris McCandless, who, after graduating from college in 1992, gave his life savings to charity and started hitchhiking to Alaska. Once there, he ventured into the wild. Four months after leaving home, he was found dead. The reasons for his quest, what happened in the woods, and how he died have become iconic and troubling questions. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

& quot; Terrifying...Eloquent...A heart-rending drama of human yearning.& quot; -- New York Times & quot; A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It's gripping stuff.& quot; -- Washington Post & quot; Compelling and tragic...Hard to put down.& quot; -- San Francisco Chronicle & quot; Engrossing...with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man.& quot; -- Los Angeles Times Book Review & quot; It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order.& quot; -- Entertainment Weekly " Terrifying...Eloquent...A heart-rending drama of human yearning." --"New York Times" " A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It's gripping stuff." --"Washington Post" " Compelling and tragic...Hard to put down." --"San Francisco Chronicle" " Engrossing...with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review" " It may be nonfiction, but "Into the Wild" is a mystery of the highest order." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Terrifying...Eloquent...A heart-rending drama of human yearning." --"New York Times" "A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It's gripping stuff." --"Washington Post" "Compelling and tragic...Hard to put down." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Engrossing...with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review" "It may be nonfiction, but "Into the Wild" is a mystery of the highest order." --"Entertainment Weekly"

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