Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild

By Jon Krakauer

  • Release Date: 1996-01-13
  • Genre: Specialty Travel
Score: 4.5
From 874 Ratings


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 page.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Meh

    By Mrsmac09
    This story in general is really intriguing and leaves you wondering about McCandless. I wasn't a huge fan of how this was written and wish that the personal insight from the author wasn't included and the comparisons of McCandless and others who ventured into the wilderness felt like fillers for the book. I appreciate the light that krakauer was trying to paint Chris in but the writing style was a little hard to follow and a bit repetitive for me.
  • Awesome

    By Dougie47
    I really enjoyed this book. I can see my self reading this one again.

    Great read and very well written. The movie fell short of all the other crucial details to Chris' journey. Must read if you loved the movie.
  • Boring

    By fabgab123
  • Into The Wild

    By pinqkat
    It kills.
  • Must Read

    By ohcampoh03
    Into the Wild is a must read book for anyone, I repeat anyone. You do not have to know anything about the wilderness to like this book. Jon Krakauer wrote a thrilling biography about a young man’s stirring journey to find himself. Good or bad, you have to find out for yourself. Jon Krakauer had me on the edge of my feet reading every single page, just like his main character Chris McCandless! This young man is a very interesting and peculiar character. We must give a lot more credit to Mr. John Krakauer for his intensive research about this boy. Just like Chris McCandless, Krakauer followed his footsteps and brought his readers and audience into the same adventure Chris was on. I know nothing about the wild, but after reading this book I feel I need to live life a little more and embrace our beautiful Earth a little more.
  • Loved every page

    By Skedo
    Into the wild has got to be one of the greatest books that I have ever read in my short life. There are many things that the author “Jon Krakauer” does an excellent job in keeping the readers engaged, and longing to know more about the life of Chris McCandless. The author also does an excellent job in introducing other characters in the book, it might cause confusion at first but as you keep reading then you start to feel what the author is trying to do. This book has it all, mystery, drama, and romance, but perhaps the most important thing this book does is teach a lesson. Not many books could do that, especially a book as small as Into the Wild. Not even I could guess that inside those couple hundred pages, the amount of suspense that I would receive upon reading this book, exactly why this book gets five stars.
  • Into the Wild

    By Rayaroo97
    I thought that the book was interesting, however I do believe the author, Kakauer, did a sloppy job of creating an understandable timeline. The book is based on a true story and follows the basis of Christopher mccandless’ journey; this part is compelling. The entire idea of living in solitude the way he did was completely mind boggling. What made the book less interesting was the way that Krakauer almost tried to make it more about him self. The parts about the author really had no benefit to the progression of the story.
  • Into the wild

    By Gammer1308
    Into the wild is a great book especially for those who like adventure. Having read it twice, it is very interesting. It keeps you guessing what is going to happen next every chapter. Krauker writes a thrilling novel that makes you realize that money doesn't bring you happiness. For anyone who loves the outdoors and living on the land this is a fantastic book. It's full of nature and sketchy experiences that keeps you interested. For both college and high school students, it is highly recommended. High vocabulary but enough context clues to figure out what each word means. No chapter ever gets boring and the book makes you antsy because of the compelling chapters. Krauker doesn't give you the answers at times, you have to figure it out yourself. But he will later give you whatever answers he hasn't already. He tells the story backwards and comes out right away with how the story ends. The epigraphs in the beginning of the chapters are very interesting and they tie in with the chapter in someway. Overall, this is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone in search of a suspenseful book.
  • Must Read

    By Anelson97
    Into the Wild is highly recommended. I read this book for a college English class and enjoyed every minute. It was a thrilling adventure of a young boy who traveled the US to leave his well-to-do life back home. His traveling lead him to his main goal of the Alaskan wilderness. Here he traveled to be secluded and find his own sense of being and peace. This book makes you question much about your own life. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves traveling, adventure, and is looking for a sense of peace. I can relate on a personal level to Chris McCandless, as I’m assuming a lot of others can to. Leave the craziness behind and pick up this book. It is truly a great read. It held my attention the entire time and only made me want to continue reading. Read this book and channel your inner Chris McCandless.