Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Book of the Week.

This week's book of the week is a great story by one of my favorite writers, Jon Krakauer called Into the Wild. Into the Wild was originally an article Krakauer wrote for Outside Magazine called, "Death of an Innocent", but because of it's huge success he turned the article into a book. 

 Into the Wild is about a young adventurer Chris McCandless and his journey in the wild. Chris graduated for Emory University in 1992 as a top student athlete, after graduation he gave up all of his possessions, donated all of his savings to charity and hitchhiked his way to Alaska, so he could live in and off the wilderness. The story turns tragic because four months later his body was found in an abandoned bus in the woods of Alaska. 

When his remains were found so was his diary that documented his travels, and how he tried to survive, and what most likely led to his death.  Krakauer's book goes over the life of McCandless, it includes many of his personal diary entries and the mystery surrounding his death. Jon also makes comparisons to his life and adventures throughout the book.  The great writing by Krakauer makes this an emotional journey from beginning to end. 

 Into the Wild was made into a movie in 2007 staring Emile Hirsch and was directed by Sean Penn. The movie is great because it is so accurate to the book, and the cinematography is amazing. Eddie Vedder put together one of the most beautiful soundtracks for this movie, and it is a constant on my personal playlist. 

This book is a quick read with amazing writing, and I strongly suggest reading it. If you enjoy this story and Krakauer's writing definitely check out his other works, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven and Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. You will not be disappointed.

Here is a song off the Into the Wild soundtrack called Guaranteed.

Happy Reading!

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