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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Into The Wild - Book Review & Giveaway

Into The Wild by John Krakauer

BOOK GIVEAWAY

Amazon.com Review:  "God, he was a smart kid..." So why did Christopher McCandless trade a bright future--a college education, material comfort, uncommon ability and charm--for death by starvation in an abandoned bus in the woods of Alaska? This is the question that Jon Krakauer's book tries to answer. While it doesn't—cannot—answer the question with certainty, Into the Wild does shed considerable light along the way. Not only about McCandless's "Alaskan odyssey," but also the forces that drive people to drop out of society and test themselves in other ways. Krakauer quotes Wallace Stegner's writing on a young man who similarly disappeared in the Utah desert in the 1930s: "At 18, in a dream, he saw himself ... wandering through the romantic waste places of the world. No man with any of the juices of boyhood in him has forgotten those dreams." Into the Wild shows that McCandless, while extreme, was hardly unique; the author makes the hermit into one of us, something McCandless himself could never pull off. By book's end, McCandless isn't merely a newspaper clipping, but a sympathetic, oddly magnetic personality. Whether he was "a courageous idealist, or a reckless idiot," you won't soon forget Christopher McCandless.

Doesn't this book sound interesting?  It has now been made into a movie which was well worth the view.  J.W. has read it and although he though that Chris was rash and reckless he thought it was definitely worth reading.  It is a short book and can be read in just a couple hours. 

S. Premo had this to say,  "The story of Chris McCandless serves as medium for contemplation of our will to live, our insatiable desire for risk, and the choices we make. You don't have to agree with the decisions of the character to find fulfillment in understanding. Overall, well-written."

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Winner will be announced Feb. 28 2010

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I saw the movie and was quite puzzledd and sad afterwards.

I just don't understand why somebody would have done what he did.

I would like to read the book to see if it can make things clear to me.

Please enter me in the giveaway if it is open worldwide.

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