bookclub - Into The Wild

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Apologies for this late post today - I've been a bit under the weather, and couldn't face a computer screen last night. I did cosy up with a good book though!

On a amazing positive note - my little blog has just reached 100 followers! Wow :) Thanks to everyone who follows along and enjoys reading my updates. I write for the enjoyment of sharing my experiences of travel and life with you rather than anything else, which is why you don't see any advertising here.

A few months ago I read Into The Wild - and absolutely loved it. I think it's a fairly well known book, so today instead of my regular review I'm going to share a short synopsis to jog your memory, and some of my favourite quotes...

Into The Wild
by Jon Krakauer

"Don't settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience."

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer


In 1992 Christopher Johnson McCandless - a young man from a well-off family, who had recently graduated from College hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given all his savings to charity, abandoned his car and possessions and burned all the cash in his wallet. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a party of moose hunters. Jon Krakauer wrote this non-fiction novel after retracing Christopher's steps over the two years between his college graduation and the discovery of his body.

“Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” 

“The trip was to be an odyssey in the fullest sense of the word, an epic journey that would change everything.” 

"The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences."

“I now walk into the wild.” 

4/5 claire stars

Want to know about other adventures I've visited through words? Here's my reading list:

Or read about my Book Club - the beginning here.
  1. if nobody speaks of remarkable things by Jon McGregor. 3/5 claire stars
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 4/5 claire stars
  3. Battle Hymn of the TIGER MOTHER by Amy Chua. 4/5 claire stars
  4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 4/5 claire stars 
  5. three to see the king by Magnus Mills. 3/5 claire stars
  6. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. 3/5 claire stars
  7. the Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan. 2/5 claire stars

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  1. Haven't heard of the book yet but it sounds extremely fascinating after all it's based on a true story?!!! I think I really have to buy it!

    1. Yep - it's almost a biography - over the two years Christopher went missing. I thought it was fairly well known, but maybe not. Great book, and there's a movie too if that's more your style. I love some of the ways he thinks and speaks about seeking adventure and new horizons.

  2. Great book list. I loved Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth - me too. Glad I didn't have a tiger mum growing up though!

  3. This is such a great story - I'd love to hear if you find any stark differences between the storyline in the book and the movie.

    1. Hi Margo - I think the storyline is pretty much the same. Personally I think the book is better as you really get to know Christopher's character, but I'm one of those who always picks the book over movie.

  4. This sounds bloody brilliant! I think I need to purchase this!

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

    1. Do it. It's quite a popular book and often appears in charity shops in the UK, so keep an eye out :)