Outside Civilization (Biography)
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. After graduating from college, Chris McCandless, a smart, affable, determined free spirit took to the road. Leaving his Atlanta college town he traveled to explore the western United States and Mexico. Before he left he gave his savings away to charity, and along the way he abandoned his car, burned the remainder of his meager cash, and reinvented himself as Alex Supertramp. Alex kept a written and photographic journal of his adventures which eventually led his to his ultimate challenge: Alaska. There he went out to “live alone with no signs of civilization”—and he never returned. His body was found by some hunters four months after starting the “Great Alaskan Odyssey.”
Tragic, heart-rending, unforgettable. A sad, true story. A short book with a hefty lasting impression.
This book met a couple of my 2015 Book Challenges: Read a book set in an “A” state (Alaska); and read a book that has or will become a movie (released in 2007, though I have not yet seen it yet).
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