The freedom and simple beauty of it is just too good to pass up."Mr.
Krakauer, a contributing editor at Outside magazine, tracks down virtually everyone who knew Mc Candless in his two years of wandering.
Krakauer writes, and took up residence in a rusting Fairbanks city bus that had been fitted out as a crude shelter.
He then entered on what he called, in a manifesto scrawled on a piece of plywood, "the climactic battle to kill the false being within."Somehow Mc Candless grubbed a living from the snows -- gathering last year's rose hips and wizened berries, shooting squirrels, ptarmigans, porcupines and finally, in June, with his puny little .22, a moose.
Once in everyone’s life time people start to realize they can make their own decisions. Chris Mc Candless in the non-fiction book “Into The Wild” was a person who was separated from everyone, didn’t have…
In April 1992, Christopher Mc Candless lands at the remote zone only North of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.The hunters who found his rotting corpse in September also found this note:"S O S. I am injured, near death and too weak to hike out of here. He kept journals, and in between silences would jabber out his "philosophy" for hours, but the Supertramp's ideas are never lucid enough to give us a clue. Krakauer picks through the adventures and sorrows of Chris Mc Candless's brief life, the story becomes painfully moving. Krakauer's elegantly constructed narrative takes us from the ghoulish moment of the hunters' discovery back through Mc Candless's childhood, the gregarious effusions and icy withdrawals that characterized his coming of age, and, in meticulous detail, the two years of restless roaming that led him to Alaska.The more we learn about him, the more mysterious Mc Candless becomes, and the more intriguing.Seeing Chris' ineptness, the newcomer who drops him off gives him a pair of boots. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. An electrician who had picked him up four miles out of Fairbanks pressed a pair of rubber boots and two sandwiches on the dangerously underequipped but charming hitchhiker, who would vouchsafe no name but Alex. The strangely fascinating hero of Jon Krakauer's strangely fascinating book "Into the Wild" is a young man who starved to death in the Alaskan wilderness in the summer of 1992.Alex shouldered his backpack -- containing little more than books and rice -- and his .22-caliber rifle and walked into the forest, to live off the land or die trying. Coming upon the impassable Toklat River, he gave up the idea of walking the 300 miles from Mount Mc Kinley to the Bering Sea, Mr.Do we not all thirst for something we cannot define?Does Mc Candless's fanatical determination to find it make him a saint, a holy fool or just plain nuts? Krakauer's attempt to understand Chris Mc Candless lies in an inadequate consideration of psychiatric illness.To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. His parents had named him Christopher Mc Candless, but in his travels he preferred the invented identity Alexander Supertramp. That is the starting point of a narrative that seeks to find out why we should care.