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SOS, I need your help. I am injured, near
death and too week to hike out of here. I am all alone, this is no joke.
In the name of god, please remain to save me. I am out collecting berries
close by and shall return this evening.
Chris McCandless (August?)
disturbing lines Jon Krakauer begins his novel ' Into the Wild ', a story of
the short life of Chris McCandless, alias Alexander Supertramp.
The novel starts
with the fact that McCandless message was actually meant seriously, because
in a old bus in the wild of Alaska the corpse of the young man was found ...
Jon Krakauer now
asks the question, who this apparently crazy man was, who went into the wild
of Alaska, without equipment and only with a bag of rice for food - to reach
an ideal, which is beyond our understanding? Or, maybe to die?
grows up in an apparently intact, well off family in the proximity of
Washington. His father, a scientist of high repute at NASA, is married in
second marriage with Billie and they have a daughter as well, Carine, to
which Chris has a very cordial relationship. Chris, we then learn fast, is
without any doubt a genius.
In school he
only has best notes and already as a child and in his youth he is able to
raise money easily, although he has no interest in principle in money at
all, in addition he plays the piano and he is very popular with his friends.
But there is also the other side of Chris McCandless. Already during his
schooltime he pulls away alone in holidays for weeks, without letting his
parents know, were he is, and not wasting much thoughts about how much they
worry. In 1990 he leaves, after he successfully terminated studies, his
family without a word, without ever talking to them again or even seeing
them again. From this day on he calls himself Alexander Supertramp.
He traveled from
Atlanta to the Southwest, Northwest, West, and Midwest, to Mexico and to the
Gulf of California. Finally, crossing Canada, he walked into the wild of
Alaska. And he makes friends - Wayne Westerberg, Jan Burres and her
boyfriend Bob are the last ones to get a message (a postcard) from Chris.
So Jon Krakauers
book, written after his own article in the Outside-Magazine (Jon
Krakauers article 'Death of an Innocent' lesen - PDF) and (The
Authors Introduction - PDF) is not realy an adventure novel but
instead tries to find out from a rather journalistic-psychological view
whether Chris McCandless was a naive crazy person or was floated by ideals,
which lay simply outside of our imagination. Jon Krakauer was in his youth a
passionate mountain climber himself, which brings additionally a very
personal note into the novel.
extraordinarily well written, very moving novel after a true occurence.