09/07/12: Jon Krakauer: Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction biography, Into the Wild, depicts the journey of Chris McCandless through the United States, Mexico, Canada, and into the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer declares the purpose of McCandless’s adventure was for self-discovery while others respond to it as imprudence. The narrative provokes much ferocity due to an amateur writing style in addition to the character’s selfish and misjudged decisions.

Krakauer’s writing can be described as the dullness within a lecture. He provides no identity of any emotion, exaggeration, or voice. The man cannot even form his own opinion in relation to McCandless besides inputting facts and references without much analysis. Though his grammar is correct, the work lacked serendipitous vocabulary and creative sentence structure. One could argue Krakauer provides relevant comparisons between McCandless’s escapade and other obsessive individuals who underestimated Mother Nature, including himself. Although the stories of those characters had relation to McCandless and were interesting to read, they did not explain the mentality of the protagonist. As a result, the novel develops its own inconsistency issues to the central topic through random chapters, which can confuse the reader. Even though the writing is inferior, the story itself does present noteworthy themes to consider, but not to Krakauer’s credit. For example, it is highly encouraged for everyone to establish priorities and values within their lives, such as family, friends, and a career. If the previous is not achieved, one could potentially find themselves in the Alaskan wilderness with no compass and map while starving to death and simultaneously accepting their hypocrite identity of loneliness.

Krakauer is incapable of altering a report from Outside magazine into a novel. Ultimatley, Krakauer did not have enough enthusiasm in comparison to McCandless to write an influential narrative.


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