It is not always that a book makes you stop and think about everything in your life, it takes a truly great book to induce that change in your life. Every bookworm has that one book that stays close to their heart forever, Into the wild by Jon Krakauer was mine.
The book starts with the death of Christopher McCandless, a twenty four year old Emory graduate whose body was found in the Alaskan wilderness in September 1992. Slowly the story unravels in a chronological fashion. After graduating from high school, Chris discovers that his father secretly had a second family. His anger over this betrayal grew worse over time. After graduating with honors, he donates his 25,000 dollar savings to charity and drives away, abandoning his way
of life, to travel and become one among nature in his search of peace. The book speaks of the places he visited, his relationship with the people he met along the way and his spiritual journey.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Absolutely, yes! It is one of those books you just cannot put down. It makes you reflect on your own life and the things we take for granted. It is a heart rending story of a young man’s search for the true meaning of life. This tragic tale makes us realize that we are all just living mechanical lives and ignoring the path towards true happiness. The movie adaptation by the director Sean Penn is equally compelling and a must watch movie.
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