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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
Into the Wild JON KRAKAUER After graduating from university in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions and hitchhiked to Alaska ‘ ’ After graduating from university in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness. Four months later, he was found dead. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to survive, apparently stranded by an injury and slowly starving. Why did Christopher McCandless trade a bright future for death by starvation in an abandoned bus in the woods of Alaska? This is the question that Jon Krakauer's book tries to answer. While it cannot answer the question with certainty, Into the Wild examines the forces that drive people to drop out of society and test themselves in other ways. 43