Sunday, June 17, 2007
Although I read it some years ago, I am going to mention Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer here. This is definitely not for a younger audience-- 8th graders only, please. :) The reasons I'm choosing to discuss this book in particular are:
1. I really enjoyed reading it-- of course!
2. It's a good book for people who think they don't like nonfiction to read (as is his other crazy outdoor nonfiction novel, Into Thin Air!)
3. It's being made into a movie that is directed by Sean Penn and stars Emile Hirsch, so you may be seeing it soon!
Into the Wild traces the true story of Christopher McCandless, a guy who graduates from college, gives away his savings to charity and then drops "off the grid", meaning there is literally no record of him anywhere-- no bank accounts, no social security info, no rent payments... nothing. He does this intentionally. He does not contact his family or any old friends. Chris becomes a hobo on purpose. He attempts to live off the land in Alaska with no sort of modern aide, and it does not go well for him.
This book explores why Chris made the choices he did and tries not to judge his actions. It is not a long novel at all-- it's around 200 pages-- and it flies by as you become fascinated by his story.
What other survivalist nonfiction have you read that you enjoyed? Has anyone read the book about the girl in Hawaii that had her leg bitten off by a shark? Do tell!