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Chris and Carine McCandless outside their Annandale, Virginia, home. now: Carine told Jon Krakauer, author of 's best selling Into the Wild, . into believing that their dysfunctional relationship with him is stabilizing. The history behind McCandless' journey to Alaska, which is the subject of a The bestseller by Boulder's Jon Krakauer tells the story of Chris' two year . He would quote me describing my relation- ship with my parents as. Chris and Carine McCandless outside their Annandale, Virginia, home. now: Carine told Jon Krakauer, author of 's best selling Into the Wild, . into believing that their dysfunctional relationship with him is stabilizing.
While all authors bring biases to their writing, Krakauer seems intimately connected to McCandless through shared experience. This section is perhaps the most insightful of the book—here, someone who has been as reckless as Chris McCandless offers personal reflections about what led him to take such big risks.
Yet the reader should remember that it is speculative to compare McCandless with Krakauer. While Krakauer presents many things the men have in common, he does not spend much time expressing what makes them different. Stuckey initially refused McCandless a ride because it was against company policy.
However, after talking for a while, Stuckey became convinced that McCandless was not a typical transient and drove him all the way to Fairbanks. Stuckey bought McCandless a bag of rice at the grocery store, and then left him at the University of Alaska campus, where McCandless wanted to learn about berries.
McCandless found a book on plants at the campus bookstore and found a used gun by searching the classifieds. After McCandless left the campus, he met Jim Gallien, who took him farther. Krakauer learns that at some point McCandless fell through the ice, yet seemed unharmed. After a few months in the wilderness, McCandless decided to return to civilization.
However, the landscape in July was much different than it had been in April and McCandless had difficulty getting out. Unlike McCandless, Krakauer comes with a map and three companions. Krakauer notes that if McCandless had a map, he would have realized it was not impossible to cross the Teklanika River and he might have survived.
However, Krakauer still does not understand why McCandless died at the bus. When Krakauer finds the bus, he finds evidence of McCandless everywhere—pots, feathers he saved, books, writing on the walls.
McCandless did not view nature as an antagonist; he came into it to explore it but also to explore his own soul. He notes that on July 30 McCandless wrote in his journal that he was extremely weak and blamed it on pot seed. There is nothing in his journal to suggest he was ill before this entry. He tunnels out four times; the fifth time, he retreats. But the mountain has not defeated Krakauer yet. He decides to climb the Devils Thumb via another route, up the side he had planned on descending.
Eventually he reaches the summit. Analysis This chapter further develops the motif of fathers and sons, suggesting explicitly that sons often rebel against their fathers at the same time that they are powerless to resist paternal traits they have inherited.Jon Krakauer interview on "Into the Wild" (1996)
Clearly Krakauer believes that McCandless was driven to do what he did in large measure by his relationship with father Walt. And this is only part of what Krakauer believes he shared with McCandless.
Comparisons of Jon Krakauer and Christopher McCandless by on Prezi
They also shared hubris. When I decided to go to Alaska that April, like Chris McCandless, I was a raw youth who mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic.
Krakauer says he wasn't as intelligent as McCandless and didn't possess his lofty ideals — but young Krakauer was also, crucially, a superior outdoorsman.