Into the Wild Book Reviews

Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer Book Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • 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. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. This is the unforgettable story of how Christopher Johnson McCandless came to die.

"It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order." —Entertainment Weekly

McCandess 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. Not long after, he was dead. Into the Wild is the mesmerizing, heartbreaking tale of an enigmatic young man who goes missing in the wild and whose story captured the world’s attention. 

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 interest that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled McCandless. 

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. Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.

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Book Name Into the Wild
Genre Biographies & Memoirs
Language English
E-Book Size 9.46 MB

Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer) Book Reviews 2024

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GREAT READ. 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.

Must Read. 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.

Meh. 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.

Really badly written. Self indulgent personal insight ruins the story. There could be so much more as to the why and when.

Great Read. Into The Wild is a great book that I highly recommend it to anyone. It's not only a book full of adventure but also keeps you thinking the whole entire time about why Chris McCandless went on his Alaskan Odyssey the entire.

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

Fav book of all time. I love this book! Must buy.

Excellent. This book was an excellent heart warming tail of a young man, that set out ti do what he loved doing. Although tragic a great book!

Great Read. This is my favorite book of all time. Sure, some people may complain that there's no plot but this book really tells the story of someone who we otherwise would never hear about.

Into the wild. Where are the pictures? I was disappointed to find there was only one photo in the whole book.

😭😭😭. GREAT BOOK! Brought me to tears... Such an inspiring story.

Awesome true story. Best book I have ever read.. Best book on adventure travel and the terrors from it.

Dear McCandless. An incredible book, that seemed to really resonate with me. Chris McCandless, while his death was tragic, was an incredible man who lived life to the fullest. To see it documented in a book was quite incredible and I found it incredibly hard to put down. The only problem with this book was the writing was at times all over the place, but I would highly recommend otherwise

Bland. There's no traditional plot line in this book, it is more of a series of accounts and symbolic comparisons between McCandless and others. If you're into a book based on banal literary analysis, then this cuts the cake. I had to read this for a summer reading book, and I have to say, Looking back at the synopsis my teacher put, I am pretty disappointed. 2 Stars because there are pretty gripping parts, but for the most part, I couldn't wait to finish the chapter, so I could put the book down and do something else.

This was beautiful masterpiece of tragedy and sorrow. This was an amazing book about a man who is tried of living a false life. So he breaks free a sets out on his journey to find himself.

Into The Wild. Great book, easy to understand and follow. i I needed it for school and was able to finish it in two days.

primordial beast. Even though it's tragic it's inspiring the story alone reminds me that everyday is a good day. A true American triumph.

Amazing. Absolutely changed my life. Inspired me to buy an RV and travel full time.

Into The Wild. I became aware of this book and the story of Chris’ disappearance in 2016 while I was touring in Alaska. I was intrigued because we went through the area where he was last seen and the tour guide mentioned it as did a few others in places we stopped. Reading this book I was interested in all the other described locations as we’ve also been along the Colorado, Salton Sea, Joshua Tree area so I could envision his situation wandering and living in those locations. Clearly Krakauer did tremendous research, and worked to understand all the details of the trek Chris was on. It’s an adventure story yes, but not in the usual way that they are exhilarating or scary or triumphant. This book left me still questioning, not what happened, as it became apparent, but the “why” of the life he chose. He seemed to abandon all normalcy and a regular life for the life of a nomadic drifter, and the why he did that still remains unknown. It seems like such a wasted life.

I Was So Bored.... ...that I found myself doodling in the margins. Like I do in my history text book. Don't get me wrong, this book is very well-written and the characters are incredibly well-developed. But the way it's set up makes it read like a giant text book. The chapters jump all over the place. It doesn't tell a story at all, and spends so much time on other people's opinions of McCandless that I'm really not sure who the main character is. One starts the book off knowing what happens to McCandless (it's in the freaking synopsis) and there is absolutely no suspense and very little climax. In fact, his fate is mentioned so many times that I began to loose sympathy for him. I had to force my self to finish this book, and probably wouldn't have had it not been a school requirement.

Into the Wild. 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.

Revealing. When I downloaded this book, I had a succinct idea of what it was about, not much more than what reads on the back cover but it has exceeded my expectations a provoked a lot of thought chapter after chapter...

Freedom. The book is well written and the story of Chris M speaks to you on many levels. Feelings of being subdued to truly breaking free. In the end Chris M paid the ultimate price for the ultimate freedom. Great Read!

Haven't read it yet but the description made me cry. I cried just reading the description because my brother just went on a cross country adventure. I've talked to him while he's been gone but it's still scary. Not sure whether I want to read this even though it sounds like an awesome book. Maybe once he gets home...

Into the Wild. Exhaustively researched account of the life and death of Chris MaCandless trek into the Alaskan bush. At times repetitive but always kept my interest. Kept thinking what a tragic legacy to leave behind as his epitaph. But Chris did it all his way, stubbornly refusing help that might have kept him alive.

Greatest Adventure Book. Jon Krakauer was the perfect match for telling Chris McCandless's story.

Ugh. So boring.. Oh my god. I had to force myself to finish this. There was no organization! Just random disjointed facts spewing out everywhere, with way too many adjectives and imagery to spare. Do not recommend!

Is Chris McCandless death happening to us all?. I am taken back upon reading this book, how similar the theory of McCandless death presented by Krakauer is to the theory presented by Dr. Steven Gundry in the Plant Paradox. Gundry’s theory is one that effects the dietary norms of our modern populous and the debilitating diseases that are caused by the consistent consumption of Lectins. Krakauer’s theory is one that effects a very minuend amount of human beings to have ever existed. I am tempted to disclose that demographic but will refrain upon reflection that my hubris to sound smart, in a book review, might effect the reading experience your about to embark upon.

summer. read this for school over the summer break going into my senior year, really gave me a new insight on life and what to do with it, to see the beauty in every good and bad day i have. made me realize that something’s are out of my control and to keep pushing on day by day into the wild that we call life

Into The Wild. It kills.

Liked the movie more!. I watched the movie and after read the book. I was expecting the book to be a little more exciting.

An inspirational story. This was hands down the best book that I have ever read. It was so inspiring and moving. Chris followed his dream; he lived as a drifter, moving from town to town, camping out in the woods, and having odd jobs and he was happy. This book is so inspiring because Chris did what we all wish we could do, he followed his dream. To most people it may not seem "normal", but who cares? As long as your doing what you love, follow it.

Boring. Boring

Into the woods. For my Ap lang class my teacher made every student choose any biography, an autobiography, or a memoir book that they wanted to read. After looking at a few books I came crossed Into the woods I read the summary online and it got my attention. I really liked this book it has a good story learning about Chris McCandless and how he was trying to find who he was. A few things that I loved about the book was how the author kept me interested in Chris life , making me want to learn more about what he was doing in his journey. Also, the author Jon knew how to add the other characters perfectly to the story. The author is good at explaining the story and when he is telling the story he gives a lot of detail to really show everything and make it feel like you are there. Even though it was a good book and I recommend people to ready it there was a few things that I personally didn’t like. The major thing that I didn’t like about the book was the way the author decided to write this book made it a little confusion. Another thing that I didn’t like was that it feels like the book is jumping all over the place. I also didn’t like that they tell you so soon in the book how Chris died with made it a little boring sometimes. But over all this this book was good this is one if the few books that I would probably read again this book is a good 8.5 out if 10 

A beautiful tragedy. Stunning, inspiring,beautiful and tragic. At once the author shows us the best of humanity's aspirations and will and the hollow sadness of our hubris and folly. Here is a work where you can't help but admire it's focus Mr. McCandless while also pitying the ignorance and confusion that lead him to seek some form of truth in a deadly environment. The novel presents these contradictions in a very human centered tour de force. A must read.

Okay. I am a sophomore in high school and I am in an honors English class, in which we had to read this in. I, opinion interfere with you reading it. There were some good parts.

Inspiring. Makes you want to get out there too

BEST BOOK EVER. I loved this book so much! I have so many amazing quotes out of this book. I write them down to motivate me. As a person who loves the out doors this book is PERFECT. also I believe that when the author put in his own life stories of climbing was a little edgy but he did it in such a good way I can't complain [ thus the five stars ]. Also some people think that chris was mentally ill. He wasn't. He was a college educated young man who had a education so he knew exactly what he was doing. He was living in the confides of a secure life style, which he did not enjoy. This was his calling. The wild. Just has a horn player knows it's his passion from the first time he picks it up. Or when a swimmer jumps into a pool and has natural talent. This was what he wanted. One if his famous quotes are " there is nothing more damaging to a mans spirit then a secure future." I live by those words. Chris was a man. Not a pycho not a freak not ill. He was original. He actlly went outside he wanted to get dirty he enjoyed his solitary. You might call him a pilgrim perhaps. That is my review great book. Not crazy. Enjoy :)

RIP Super Tramp.. Just read it. Something so simple could cost you so much.

Terrible and boring. This book was so boring it could put you to sleep. It was also somewhat confusing at some points and it was very predictable. All the action in the book happened in the first very few pages and I did not like it. I would not recommend this book to anybody. If I had the option I would not rate this book any stars.

Blang. No real climax, just a bunch of information, kinda boring

Into the wild. 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.

A classic. This book is thrilling and transcends contemporary literature.

Amazing Story. I finished this book in a very short period of time. It captures and holds your attention the entire time. All in all, a great read.

Great. One of the best books iv read

Amazing. This is now my favorite book, Jon did an amazing job of sharing Chris’ journey. Excited to read The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless next!

Loved every page. 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.

Must Read. 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.

Amazing!. One of the most touching books I've ever read. A very interesting true story.

A++ Awesome. Best book I've ever read, no exaggeration. I've went back to it time and time again! If you haven't read this you are missing out!

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Fantastic. Amazing book for anyone to read who has a sense of adventure.

Changes your life man. This is now one of my favourite books of all time. A really interesting and awesome detail of this story is that each chapter begins with beautiful and inspiring quotes about truly living and adventuring from the famous guys such as Henry David Thoreau and Tolstoy. It is a masterfully written mixture of Krakauers own experiences and reflections and the story of Chris McCandless and his writings. This read will have your heart racing, swelling, and sinking and will teach you a lot about society and life. Offers some really beautiful perspectives of our world, would recommend to each and every person on the planet :)

Touching a real heartfelt book. Great story, many people can relate. Struggle to fit it and live with the fast changing world. Brought tear to my eyes And that is indeed a rare thing. Have your world inspired and changed also the movie is great!

🔥👌. Best book ever

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The Into the Wild book written by Jon Krakauer was published on 20 January 1997, Monday in the Biographies & Memoirs category. A total of 1,660 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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