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In April 1992, Christopher Johnson McCandless, a young man from a wealthy family, hitchhiked to Alaska. He had given twenty five thousand dollars savings to charity and rid himself of all his worldly goods, motivated by his reading Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy believed in the ideals of work and rejected the physical comforts of the larger society. McCandless, an idealist who had recently graduated from Emory University, sought to put Tolstoy's ideas into practice by living alone off the land in the Alaskan wilderness.
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In the wild, he read, foraged for food, and hunted once, but found himself unable to kill and eat the animal. He kept a written record of his thoughts and feelings.

Four months later his dead body was found in an abandoned bus by a moose hunter. An autopsy suggested that he had starved to death.   “Into the Wild” is the story of the young man's time in the wilderness. Krakauer explains how he would have been able to survive had he not made a few simple mistakes.
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Plot & Themes

Outdoors story    -   Yes Exploring:    -   surviving in outdoors Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Alaska Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   challenged If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog

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