Year of Publishing: 1996
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Synopsis: In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchiked to alaska and walked alone into the wildnerness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25.000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. For months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter…
My Review: This book tells the real story of a young man from a rich family that animated by the works of Tolstoy and Jack London decides to leave his life, career, family, and most of his possessions to travel through north america seeking freedom. All begins in 1990 when with his car and some of his possessions, he decides to change his name and travel in search of adventures and a last place to conclude his trip. He feels hungry and cold, he lose his car and he’s often alone, but these problems don’t dissuade him from continuing his adventure because for him, all of them are part of the adventure of his life.
Along the 18 chapters of this book, Jon Krakauer tells to us the story of Chris based on the diary in which Chris wrote in third person all the things he did on his travels, in the camera that he used during most of his adventure, and anecdotes told by those who knew Chris during his trip. The story of a young man extrovert, adventurous, intelligent, dreamer and with very strong convictions.
A fiction book that tells this story probably would never have interested me, but being a book based on the true story of a 20 years old young who dares to journey into the unknown, fighting his fears and ending alone in Alaska with no more than a backpack with little food and a rifle, I think anyone would refuse to meet this story. Is a short book and also is an agile book because the story keeps you expectant while you think about the Chris’s philosophy. The story is very interesting and this is the best of the book. Moreover, author sometimes tells parts of his own experiences and the experiences of others along the book and this is the worst because these anecdotes are unrelated to the main story. My valuation for this book is 4/5
to finish this review, I leave a photo made by Chris to himself sitting next to the bus where he was found dead four months after his entry into Alaska.
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Written by: Josué