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