As said in another post, “Into the wild” is one of the suggestions I made for the november reading group.
“Into the wild” is a movie, a book, but mostly the true story of a guy wanting to find freedom and an enhanced contact with the natural world; not the first to try, not the least one.
I saw also the movie, beautiful, but unable, to me, to provide the same perspective from the novel (that is not quite a novel, but a biographical reconstruction).
Into the wild by Jon Krakauer
The book, the one which inspired the homonym film, is not mainly focused in Chris McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp) adventures, but on comprehending his motivation, his emotions and the force toward nature that brought him to die in the Alaska territory.
Chris is not the only wild guy in history, many there were before him that shared the same fate, other – like the writer himself – keep on challenging nature trying to obtain landscapes and emotions unknown to normal men living in the civilization.
The film was nice, it speaks about a guy wanting to live by himself, without help or money or civilization; the book is better because it tries to make us understand Chris motivations, and also because it speaks about what Chris left behind, a family worried for him and friends and people known during his travels: the film forgot to tell us the pain.
* Into the wild by Jon Krakauer ★★★★☆
*I read this book in English