Into The Wild Book Report

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Into the Wild, written by critically acclaimed author John Krakauer, is the compelling life story of an idealistic young man named Chris Johnson MacCandless. Chris is an intelligent and athletic man who comes from a loving middle class family who raised him in Annandale, Virginia. Shortly after graduating from Emory University in 1990, MacCandless donated all his savings of twenty four thousand dollars to charity, abandoned his sedentary lifestyle and almost all of his possessions and hitchhiked across the Western seaboard ending up in Alaska, inventing a new life for himself. Krakauer had much purpose to write Into The Wild as it is apparent in many ways. The main reason Krakauer wrote the book was because he was fascinated with MacCandless and his life’s story. Working on a tight deadline, I wrote a nine- thousand- word article, which ran in January, 1993 issue of Outside magazine, but my fascination with MacCandless remained long after that issue (...) Unwilling to let MacCandless go, I spent more than a year retracing the convoluted path that led to his death in the Alaska taiga, chasing down details of his peregrinations with interest that…show more content…
“Some readers admired the boy immensely for his courage and noble ideals; others fulminated that he was a reckless idiot, a wacko, a narcissist who perished out of arrogance and stupidity...” (Krakauer, authors note). After Krakauer wrote his article in Outside many people did not know half of the story behind MacCandless, wrongly marking him as a lunatic or crazy person. Writing Into The Wild gave Krakauer more time and space to elaborate on certain aspects of MacCandless’s voyage that were not in his article for Outside magazine. Krakauer wrote this novel to entertain the reader while recounting the story of Chris MacCandless’s

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