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Old 06-07-2007, 12:14 PM
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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

This is a true story about a young guy who decides to walk into the Alaska bush and is found dead 4 months later. Story of his life and others like him.

I liked this book although I did not like the main character. Kinda strange.....

I cannot at all relate to people who like to do things like climb Mt. Everest. That's just me! But it was still a good read...
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Old 06-07-2007, 01:44 PM
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^^I used to teach this in my 101 classes. The students really liked it, and I did too. What went on in his brain?
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:24 PM
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Have you read the other Krakauer books? I believe he has "Into Thin Air" and "Under the Banner of Heaven." The first is about the bad Everest expedition several years back and the 2nd is about fundamentalist Mormons. Also, have you seen the movie Grizzly Man? You might like it if you enjoyed Into the Wild.
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:43 PM
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^^I have read INTO THIN AIR and taught it in my EH 101 classes as well. It is so different from INTO THE WILD. I really liked both books though; my students prefer INTO THE WILD.
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Old 06-15-2007, 11:58 AM
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People take risks for their own personal reasons. Walking into the Alaskan brush isn't a risk, it is stupidity.

Why do some people risk near death to feel alive? I never understood that concept. If I wake up in the morning and I'm still breathing, that's a pretty good indication that I'm still thankfully alive.
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Old 07-22-2007, 03:11 AM
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I'll be sure to read it. I loved Into Thin Air and Under the Banner of Heaven. He is just a terrific writer.
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:13 PM
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I am currently reading this book (on page 66 out of 200) and it is interesting. I definitely think Alex McCandless was having mental problems. It's too bad he wasted his life like that.
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