Welcome to Week 4 of the Online Book Club!
We made it to the end of Into the Wild this week. What did you think? Was it an interesting read for you? Does it make you want to read more of Jon Krakauer’s work?
I think the saddest thing about the end of this book is that Chris was ready to emerge from the wild but was unable to escape due to the raging river that surrounded him. It seems like he accomplished what he wanted to accomplish in Alaska and was ready to face civilization again, but of course, he didn’t make it. It’s really heartbreaking to me to think that he was so stoic and brave, but near the end, he felt alone and saw that his lack of food would lead to his demise. And it’s really sad that he was relatively close to civilization; if he had only had a map, he might have been able to find a way out.
In one of the last chapters, Krakauer suggests that Chris was poisoned when he ate some potato seeds that were contaminated with mold. Krakauer expands on this theory in a 2013 article he wrote for The New Yorker. Feel free to read the article and see if you accept this hypothesis.
In the epilogue, we see that Chris’ parents get a little bit of closure when they are able to visit the bus. Because of their visit, I’m glad that the bus still stands, but because of all of the people who visit and get injured, I kind of wish it would be removed. What do you all think?
What were your thoughts about the whole book? Did you enjoy Jon Krakauer’s writing? Would you read another book by him? Did you watch the documentary? If so, did you think it provided more helpful information?
I hope you enjoyed the book this month. Let me know what you thought by leaving a comment. And, get ready to join me next month as we read The Wright Brothers by David McCollough. I hope to see you then!