Jon Krakauer

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Author: Jon Krakauer
Title: Into the wild
Time: 1992
Destination: Alaska
Length: four months
Type: some hitchhiking, some walking
Rating: 8/10

The spirit of youth

JK writes about Christopher McCandless, a young man who ventured out into the wilderness of Alaska in the spring of 1992, stayed there by himself for four months, and eventually died due to malnutrition.

well paced

The story is well paced and compact (around 200 pages), and while seeming very thoroughly researched, it presents itself in a rather emotional form of journalism that even borders gonzo at times. I liked it.

The thing I liked most about it was the strong empathy pulsing from the author towards the young and reckless McCandless. JK avoids idolizing the young man, but when he talks about his own mountaineering experiences in the 70s, I can’t help but find it apologetic for McCandless’ behavior fifteen years later.

Jon Krakauer’s strong empathy

There is one paragraph that I highlighted: “It is hardly unusual for a young man to be drawn to a pursuit considered reckless by his elders; engaging in risky behavior is a rite of passage in our culture no less than in most others. Danger has always held a certain allure.”

True that.


1 thought on “Jon Krakauer”

  1. 最初知道超级流浪者的故事还是因为西恩潘的同名电影。当然这已经是在乔恩写《荒野生存》接近十年之后的事了。那些篇章开始的引用和之后的千思万缕联系总是让我很受用。还有他刻在魔力车上话:Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, ’cause “the West is the best.” And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild. Alexander Supertramp May 1992. 不知道如果当时如果用的是他的原话 迷失荒野 的话,会不会是另一种感受。


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