Sunday, January 11, 2015

Into the Wild Summary

Into the Wild by John Krakauer is a novel based on the journey of Christopher Johnson McCandless. After graduating from Emory University in 1990, McCandless began a two year trek across the United States to Alaska. He survived 119 days in Alaska with only what he could find in the wilderness, 10 pounds of rice, a .22 caliber rifle, rifle rounds, a camera, and a few books. On his journey he took the name Alexander Supertramp and spent time in South Dakota working on a grain elevator before hitchhiking to Alaska. He was found dead on September 6, 1992 in a bus he had been camping in. In the novel, Krakauer analyzes McCandless' journey and relates it to historical events, his own life, and famous authors.

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