Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a gripping non-fiction book that revolves around the stunning life of Christopher McCandless. The story starts in early 1990s when Chris who was fresh out of college, made a daring choice that would change the course of his life. He decided to adopt a nomadic existence and abandon the wealth of his family. He travelled the vast landscape of western as well as southwestern United States.
Chris was a young man with deep ideals, driven by yearning to connect intimately with nature and to discover his true inner self. After completing his graduation from Emory University, he disengaged from his parents and donated his remaining college funds, a whopping $24,000 to Oxfam. He then started a new journey, discarding his car and resorting to hitchhiking as well as freight trains as his modes of transportation.
The author Jon Krakauer has recounted the story of Chris McCandless, reporting two transformative years of his life, from the moment he left Emory University till his tragic death. The thorough research of Krakauer is evident as he interviews the ones whom Chris encountered during his stunning journey. This book is full of the entries from personal journal from Chris. Chris McCandless’ life and the minds and hearts of people like him are profoundly explored by Krakauer, who draws on his own experiences as a voracious traveler. They are individuals who yearn for freedom, challenge social conventions, and follow their own particular paths.
The book “Into the Wild” is upsetting and provocative; it provides readers a peek into the mind of a young man who looked for meaning in the wilderness and a deeper appreciation of the intricacies of life. This book is a must-read for anyone who desires for adventure, reflection, and a closer relationship with nature because of Krakauer’s gripping and concerned narrative.