Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:43 PM
oldandhappy (1,259 posts)
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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Enjoyed "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer (Original post)
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Response to Lex (Reply #2)
Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:14 PM
Democracyinkind (3,811 posts)
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.
Response to oldandhappy (Original post)
Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:40 PM
Adsos Letter (14,607 posts)
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.