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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:43 PM

Enjoyed "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer

Book details the story and family of Christopher Johnson McCandless who gave up everything to go on the road to be free and ended up in Alaska. Am sending it on to my free and slightly wild (but she does work seasonally) niece.

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Reply Enjoyed "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer (Original post)
oldandhappy Feb 2013 OP
sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #1
Lex Feb 2013 #2
Democracyinkind Feb 2013 #3
Lex Feb 2013 #4
oldandhappy Feb 2013 #6
SheilaT Feb 2013 #5
Neoma Feb 2013 #7
Adsos Letter Feb 2013 #8
FSogol Feb 2013 #9

Response to oldandhappy (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:47 PM

1. That's the guy who starved to death in Alaska, right?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:34 PM

2. Yes, and they made it into a movie as well. nt

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Response to Lex (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:14 PM

3. With an awesome soundtrack...


Though I do like the book very much, too. Especially the old guy, that wanted to adopt him. Seriously touching on so many levels.

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Response to Democracyinkind (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:07 PM

4. I bought the soundtrack

which I normally don't do, but I really loved it.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:43 PM

6. Yes!

He almost made. Died from eating seeds with mold. Sad. But he sure had an amazing couple of years.

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Response to oldandhappy (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:01 PM

5. Excellent book.

I read it when it first came out and was fascinated.

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Response to oldandhappy (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 10:21 PM

7. Yeah. That was an interesting book.

Learned something new about mold.

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Response to oldandhappy (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:40 PM

8. Have you read any of his other work?

I also enjoyed Into the Wild.

If you've not already done so, consider giving Into Thin Air and Under the Banner of Heaven a look.
Into Thin Air is an account of a disastrous 1991 expedition to Mt. Everest, in which Krakauer was a participant. There has been controversy over his retelling of events, and his behavior on the mountain during the storm, and the newer editions contain a fairly lengthy afterword in which he addresses most of the criticisms.

Under the Banner of Heaven details a double murder carried out by two members of a ultra-conservative offshoot of Mormonism, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Krakauer uses alternating chapters to recount a history of the Mormons, and the story of the offshoot and the murder.

Over Thanksgiving I read Where Men Win Glory, which is Krakauers account of Pat Tillman's life and death. I admit that I didn't find it as compelling as his other work, and I think it's because I was (admittedly) less interested in Tillman's bio than I was in the military's attempt to hide the cause of his death. Krakauer covers it, but the bio is most of the book.

Anywaaaaayyy...

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Response to oldandhappy (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:17 AM

9. Yeah, good book. Read all of Krakauer's stuff. You won't be sorry. n/t

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