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Jon Krakauer tells the haunting true story of Chris McCandless, who after graduating from college in 1991, walked deep into the widerness of Alaska on a fatal odyssey. Krakauer explores the ideas of spiritual want, the fear of intimacy, and rejection of privilege. Students gain bold insights into the Zeitgeist of America’s youth of today. Through Krakauer’s analysis, students will appreciate the profound pull of the wilderness on the American imagination, the allure of peril, and the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.
“A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It’s gripping stuff.” —Washington Post
“Terrifying. . . . Eloquent. . . . A heart-rending drama of human yearning.” —The New York Times
“Sensational. . . . [Krakauer] is such a good reporter that we come as close as we probably ever can to another person’s heart and soul.” —Men’s Journal