I’d been interested in this book for several years, even more so since watching the movie based on it a couple months ago. I wasn’t disappointed.
This is my third Krakauer book and with each endeavor, I find that I love his style more and more. I’m debating which to read next, although a reread of Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith is top of the list.
I’m not sure my initial impressions of McCandless have changed, he was arrogant and overconfident but I still admire him for doing what he dreamed of instead of tucking the goal away and becoming bitter and jaded later in life. He certainly was much braver than I was at his age – there’s only six months difference between us. Joining the Marines at 17 seems much less challenging than what he did over the last couple years of his life. But, then again, I’m pretty happy with where I ended up and I’ve only had the occasional layover in Alaska…
If you’ve enjoyed any of the author’s other books, then I’m pretty certain you’ll like this one, too.