Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Book Review #11

Title: Into the Wild
By: Jon Krakauer
Pages: 224

Book Description: 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....

What I thought: This book was definitely not the type of book I normally read. I wanted to read it becuase I saw the preview for the movie... When I saw it in the bookstore I picked it up without second guessing myself. The style of this book was like a documentary. We here the story of Chris, how he survived, how he traveled, the people he met along the way, his family, people he shared similarities with, we read his notes and letters, we get to understand (the best that we can) this man's incredible journey. We learn about the discovery of his death, how he may have died, but mostly we learn to admire his free spirit and thinking.

I loved this book. I loved the story. I loved that it was real. I recommend this read. I have no desire to see the movie. The book was just perfect.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5

UPDATE: The Book was better than the movie!


  1. It's on my TBR now. I heard about the movie on NPR one afternoon. I love Krakauer's writing. thank you for the review.

  2. You are SO addicted to books.



  3. the movie was just perfect. So I imagine the book is just as good !! hehe