A sad, inspiring tragedy. Chris walked his dream. I loved the story but also feel a deep sadness for his life lost and the people hurt by his loss. He set out with youthful exuberance matched with significant competence. However, he found out too late that we stand on the shoulder of giants and are weak in our own right.
If he survived, he would have faded into history. Now, we meet him because he died.
Nonetheless, he lived. He did not cower from his endeavor. This book chronicles his life by not simply making him a hero but also examining his weaknesses. Sure, he is a protagonist for Krakauer. But, he is not deified. He is shown to be somebody that came face to face with reality in a sad tragic end but at least he saw reality, instead of simply living in a dream of Netflix and suburbia.
Terrifying . . . Eloquent . . . A heart-rending drama of human yearning. * New York Times * A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It's gripping stuff. * Washington Post * It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order. * Entertainment Weekly * An astonishingly gifted writer: his account of 'Alex Supertramp' is powerfully dramatic, eliciting sympathy for both the idealistic, anti-consumerist boy - and his parents. * Guardian * A compelling tale of tragic idealism. * The Times *
What would possess a gifted young man recently graduated from college to literally walk away from his life?