08 May, 2015

Into the wild by Jon Krakauer

This is a book really worth reading. A sad story but not a dark book. On the contrary, it is a book that makes you explore a lot when you read: how a family can influence a child, how to balance one’s dreams and reality, how to deal with the dark side of our life and unfairness occurring in our community.

On the surface, the book is written about Chris McCandless, a 20-year-old man seeking an “independent” life by going into the Alaskan wild alone. But he ended up starving to death. When we expose the background layer by layer, we can see the family situation Chris grew up in. American society in the 1970s and 1980s is also reflected in the story.

This is an unusual story. It not only leads readers to think about the wild outdoors but also give them chance to access the “inner wild” which is deep inside the soul of humans…

Title: Into the wild
Author: J. Krakauer

Reviewed by Honour Z, Northcote Library

Honour Z works at Northcote Library. She loves reading biographies and nonfiction in general.

Other works written by Jon Krakauer:
Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster
Where men win glory : the odyssey of Pat Tillman
Under the banner of heaven : a story of violent faith

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