A Bonus Review for the New Year
This book was a required read for school this year. Many of the books our school assigns for us to read are not that great, some were boring, others were just bad. This one is hard for me to fit into a category, but for your sake, I will try.
The author, Jon Krakauer, wrote with a style that is hard to follow. The whole book is out of order, and it can get very confusing; the reason our class had to keep a map and lists of people, places, and times. Some of the chapters don’t fit in at all; they are about other people, and other circumstances. These stories of other people were told to make similarities and differences between Chris McCandless and others who attempted similar things. These facts, though, are vital to our final view on Chris.
Chris McCandless was and extremist, it was not hard to tell. This Transcendentalist had some thoughts that were ‘way out there’, and did some crazy things (like canoeing in the ocean for a while, burning all his money, and ‘running away’, never to see his parents or sister again), but he had some good morals. He not only had morals, he stuck to them, no matter the cost or what people thought of him.
Personally, I found this book hard to read and follow, it was interesting, but, it does not fall onto my favorites list.
I am giving Into the Wild (207 pages) a 3.5/5