Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing my first nonfiction book, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer! I hope that you enjoy this review!
Release date: February 1, 1997
Paperback page count: 215
My rating: 4/5
In April of 1994, a young man by the name of Chris McCandless walked into the alaskan wilderness. From a well set family and right before an almost guaranteed admission into law school, this seemed to baffle many. Four months later, his decomposed body is found in an abandoned bus by a stray moose hunter, his cause of death being a mystery.
Throughout this book, author Jon Krakauer dives into to life of Chris McCandless and what made him, him. I loved his attention to detail as he tried his best to complete the story as much as he could, finding tidbits of information from his family members, from the people he met throughout his journey, and through the things he wrote on diaries and postcards. This sense of hyper-completeness felt through and genuine as the author went deep into his research without making the book feel simply like that: research.
Another great aspect of this book was the character himself: Chris McCandless. As this book started out simply as an article in Outside Magazine and grew to be so widely acclaimed that the author had to write a whole book for it; people were of course in love the with character of Chirs McCandless. Reckless yet full of philosophical ideas that are often uncommon in a man of his age (in his twenties) he has inspired countless debates. It is strange to talk about him simply as a 'character' as he was a real man, but at the same time his traits have been seen throughout many people in history as 'characters' often do. Krakauer even includes stories of these other people as he draws parallels between himself and Chris and shows us that he is a character that we could all identify with.
If you are interested in reading a nonfiction adventure novel full of beautiful descriptions of the wonders of the U.S paired with the tragic tale of a man who died too young, this is the book for you. You will not want to put down this book and you struggle to figure out just what happened to Chris and why, as you delve deep into his mind and reasoning. A book that has inspired many, maybe you will be able to find a piece of yourself inside the character of Chris McCandless.
I hope that you enjoyed this review! I certainly enjoyed writing it as it was my first nonfiction review ever! Please let me know if you enjoyed this new type of review and as always, let me know in the comments if there are any books that you would like me to review. I have something special coming in the next few posts so stay posted!
Until next time!
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