Into The Wild
by Jon Krakauer
Quote: " He didn't think the odds applied to him. we were always trying to pull him back from the edge."~ Walt pg. 109
started: March 14, 2012
finish: March 21, 2012
From the cover:
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. his name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter...
I"m so glad a fried let me borrow this book. I have mixed feeling about Christopher. One minute I could totally agree and relate with his strong opinions and feelings toward a subject and then other times I just kept thinking.." What?, how could he think like that!!". I understand the parts about feeling betrayed and used. Everyone deals with emotions in their own ways. He definitely had some perfectionist and over zealous times where he seems to have lost all sense of reality and responsibility.
I have heard people say often even the best intentions may not turn out as we plan. this is a classic case. Or maybe he knew, maybe deep inside his determined mind, he knew there was a good chance it would be his end.
No matter why the reasons or how insane or unorthadox they may seem to us, he thought he was really "living the life", taking a hold of his own destiny...and he did! He did it his way and despite the consequences, no one stopped him, he didn't play by any rules and he was "free". He had accomplished something his way.