Welcome to The Trail Book Club!
This month's selection: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Facilitated by Ken Egan
Into the Wild tells the story of Chris McCandless, a child of privilege who drops out to go on a personal quest. He travels throughout the American West and ultimately comes to a sad end in Alaska.
Do you know anyone like McCandless? What motivates folks to leave behind comfort and security for a journey? What is the allure of the wild? What do you make of McCandless’s choices? Why is Krakauer drawn to this story? Do you agree with the author that McCandless made “innocent mistakes,” or do you blame the young man for his death?
Respond to any or all of these questions. And please share your personal stories of quests taken or resisted.
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I read this book without seeing the movie. It will be interesting now to watch it. I can see as an older person that in your youth you take chances. I considered his parents during this more than his actual journey. Great insights from experts who really know what it takes to live in the wild.
Thanks for sharing, Robin--I know exactly what you mean about the parents--that's a heartbreaking element of the book. McCandless takes off on his adventures without letting his parents know where or why. I struggled with the author's explanations of why the son did so--can anger toward your father really justify leaving them in the dark? Let's keep the conversation going. . . .