“Exciting story that kept my interest. I read it in a short time.”Nancy Shattuck wrote this review Monday, June 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book, "Into The Wild", focuses on the main character, Chris McCandless, who has just graduated college and realizes he is unhappy about his life. Throughout his life, he realizes that he doesn't like how his parents have decided to live. Coming from a wealthy family and uncovering facts about them that he finds disturbing, leads Chris to read Jack London's book," A Call to the Wild". Inspired by the novels' message of independence and non-conformity to society, Chris decides he is going to move to Alaska with only a sac of rice and what he can carry in a knapsack. Along his journey, he meets a few people while hitchhiking that dramatically influence his perspective on life. This leads him to the realization that life is the most meaningful when it is shared with a significant other.
I liked this book because it was a based on a true story and it demonstrated the power of perseverance. Chris, made a life for himself, contrary to that of his parents, and learned many life lessons throughout his unique way of travel. The message of this story that non-conforming to societies norms can be acceptable, was controversial and provoking.
The Teaching Connection-this book could be utilized in a social issues class that deals with societal norms and discovering meaning in life-an issue that many young adults struggle with resolving.”
“Save your money; buy a guide to local poisonous plants instead.”iamstarstuff wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“True story”Phyllis Chaffin wrote this review Wednesday, May 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book ] Movie”Mr. Mogg wrote this review Wednesday, May 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Happiness only real when shared." Great book. ”Ms. Hamilton wrote this review Friday, May 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you're remotely interested in the outdoors you will love this and if you're not you still might love it. Very interesting book.”DustinSummers wrote this review Friday, April 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well written, and not what I thought it was going to be! ”Chris J Peterson wrote this review Sunday, April 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a pretty good read. The writing was good and the exploration of Chris McCandless's short life was intriguing, but overall, the story made me very sad.
As adults we make choices in our lives that our children, when they are in their late teens and early adulthood might not understand. It seems a shame that instead of talking to his father about things, Chris decided to completely cut himself off from his family and made choices that eventually led to his death.
His decisions were poorly made and his actions poorly executed. I found him difficult to identify with because of some of those choices - going into the wild without being prepared, not enough proper food, no tools and not even a map.
I see him not as a hero, but a cautionary tale. ”