On the left side of this blog, I have a link to Goodreads which is a “social cataloging” website. I use it to keep track of the books I’ve read, as well as to create a list of books I want to read in the future (it’s a LONG list that just keeps getting longer!). And I like to read the reviews left by fellow book lovers. It’s interesting to me that there can be so many varying opinions about the same book- one person just loves it, one person hates it, and someone else says “it was ok”.
I mention this because I was just reading some of the reviews people gave the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. The book tries to detail the story of Chris McCandless, a young man who left his family and well to do circumstances to live on his own in the wilds of Alaska. Several months later, he was found dead in the wilderness. Some people say he was naive, unprepared, and reckless- hurting his family as well as himself. Others feel he was moved by idealism, undaunted, a modern day Thoreau wanting to become one with nature. Personally, I think understand what Chris was looking for, he just pursued it with the recklessness of youth, which is not always the smartest way.
If you enjoy the book, definitely watch the film with Emile Hirsch and directed by Sean Penn.