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Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer

"It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order." --Entertainment Weekly

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  • About the Film

    2 Academy Award Nominations: Supporting Actor (Hal Holbrook), Film Editing
    Golden Globe Award Winner: Best Original Song: "Guaranteed" - Music & Lyrics by Eddie Vedder

    A 2007 major motion picture from Paramount Vantage starring Emile Hirsch. Written for the screen and directed by Sean Penn.

    About the Book

    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. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

    Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

    "Terrifying.... Eloquent.... A heart-rending drama of human yearning."
    --The New York Times

    "A novel 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." --The Washington Post

    About the Author

    Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven and is editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.



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