In 1992 Christopher McCandless, a top student of the University of Atlanta, known to be strong-willed, idealistic, and an exceptional athlete, walked away from his family never to be seen by them again. It was soon to be discovered that Christopher had given away his entire savings of $24,000 to a hunger charity. Later yet, his beloved car was found abandoned with a note on it basically saying “finders… keepers. It’s yours.”
Four months later he was found dead inside an old bus in the Alaska wilderness.
What would cause a young man with such a bright future, a good home, family and friends who loved him, to shut everyone out without a reason why?
His diary which was found at a remote camp site tell a tale that is so unbelievable – it has to be true. Chris (who changed his name to Alex at this time) writes of odd jobs he found along the way to earn enough to get by, the people he met, and continued to connect with, the loss of his car, no food for days, and eventually moving into the Alaskan wilderness believing he would live off the land – catch and kill what he needed to eat to survive.
Into the Wild has been a book that has interested me since I first heard about it. Christopher McCandless was someone I wanted to know more about. I could imagine the pain of a family not knowing where there son was, and I was curious about a boy just graduated who could walk away from his family and not look back. Not so much as a note to say “I am ok”.
I found Chris’ story – as told from what he left in a dairy of his journeys to be one that was both sad and fascinating at the same time. I was sad for his family and could not imagine what it felt like to not know where there son was… and I was fascinated at the decisions Chris made along the way… for a while it seemed like quite the adventure.
Even after listening to this book on audio, I am still left with questions. Did Chris have a death wish? He had not packed properly for his journey, not even having a compass. And no one knew where he was. No one. Or was Chris just a boy with an over inflated idea of himself and his knowledge to survive away from people and the comforts of home. He had several books on identifying edible plants after all….
The world will never know… but I like to believe the latter.
An audio that astounded me. I was held to listening to it long after I should have been running my errands, or moving on to another project. It is a rare audio that stops me to just sit and listen… and that is what I did.
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