Book Review: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer Book Cover

I’ll be honest, I came into this expecting not to like it much, because 1) I knew the story of McCandless, and had already formed opinions, and 2) I completely and totally LOVED the movie, from the howling, gorgeous Eddie Vedder soundtrack to the adorable shirtless Emile and the breathtaking cinematography. (I even liked Kristen Stewart’s awkwardness. #irony.)

So all that combined, plus being a dweeby adventure wannabe myself, I expected to just write this off, reading it because all my other adventure friends had read it. Guy shoulda been more prepared, why dinnhe take a map, etc. But I liked the story, the piecing together of McCandless’s last years, and correlating the adventure-seeker in human nature with other famous (and infamous) wilderness-seekers over the years. It wasn’t quite as lovely as the movie, and Vince Vaughn wasn’t there, but it was still an interesting exploration of mankind’s spirit of adventure.

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In other news, still managing to stay in full-on NaNoWriMo mode; hoping to finally finish my NaNo Blog post today!


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2 Responses to Book Review: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

  1. I haven’t read the book but I did see the movie. I remember reading the article in the paper around the time this happened. I pondered in my mind how did it happen. When the movie came out I had to see it, now I am going to have to read the book.

    • amyhaha says:

      I have to say, I think this is the one case where I liked the movie better. But probably only because of Eddie Vedder! The book was still very interesting though, Definitely worth a read, especially for anyone who has–or used to have–a little wanderlust. :)

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