Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

March 14, 2008 1:21pm CST
When I saw them discussing the movie in Oprah, I was intrigued by the story and wanted to read the book. I searched the book at my favorite bookstore online and it wasn't available here at that time and I'd have to wait. It's a great thing that I was able to get it from ebay. There was only one listing that is near my area. Anyway, this book is about Chris McCandless journey to Alaska and his tragic death. Well, not-so tragic, he died of starvation due to a plant he ate. I recently saw the film, too, and in my opinion it is as good as the book. Although there are mixed opinions about this. In my understanding, Chris wanted to live a simpler life, a life where material things are not the top priority. The story really touched me. I feel somewhat connected to him because I've always wanted to get away for a period of time and experience the world, but I don't really have the guts like he did. Have you read the book? Did you like it? What are your thoughts about Chris and his story?
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@patgalca (14756)
• Orangeville, Ontario
14 Mar 08
I saw the promo on Oprah (I think) too, where the actor who played Chris talked about the making of the movie. I really wanted to see the movie after that but have yet to do so. Guess when it comes out on DVD. But I did write a note in my notebook to keep an eye out for the book. It does sound like a great story. And the story behind the story wherein the family waited 10 years before they were ready for the story to be told. I think it just came out on DVD, didn't it? I'll have to keep an eye out next time I'm at the video store with the kids.
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@Jemina (5783)
15 May 08
I have just watched the movie and it brought tears to my eyes. Sure he did found his little piece of haven in that jungle in Alaska and achieved the freedom he was longing for. But in the end, it turned out to be tragic as he was trapped. He later realized that happiness gets full meaning when shared. The actor really looked like Chris.