Return to the Wild

Photo courtesy of Knopf Doubleday

Photo courtesy of Knopf Doubleday

A quarter century after it was first published, the journey continues for Jon Krakauer’s beloved cult classic.

Written by Jenn Thornton

In retracing the steps of the crusading Chris McCandless, a young idealist with dreams of Jack London who left behind his privileged upbringing and walked into the Alaska wilderness alone, where his decomposed body was later recovered, author Jon Krakauer completed one of the most riveting, piercing works of nonfiction in American lit that helped kickstart a golden age for memoirs. In constructing the events that led to McCandless’ death, Krakauer paints a compelling and complex portrait of youth, obsession and risk, while exposing the thin line behind idealism and naivete. Now 25 years old, Into the Wild remains, like its restless, uncompromising protagonist, forever young.

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