Into the Wild by John Krakauer

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.

This book is, simply, about how unforgiving nature is. Growing up in Montana, nature is an ever-present force. I had friends whose cats were eaten by mountain lions. But, growing up in the city, this isn't a constant reminder. I don't feel a lot of sympathy for Chris McCandless, but I do think that this book shows how important respecting the power of the natural world is.

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