Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book about Christopher McCandlees. The book begins with the discovery of McCandless's body inside an abandoned bus in Alaska and retraces his travels during the two years he was missing. McCandless changed his real name early in his journey, calling himself "Alexander". He spent time in South Dakota with Wayne Westerberg. He explores the similarities between other young men who vanished into the wilderness, such as Everett Ruess, an artist and wanderer who went missing in the Utah desert during 1934 at age 20. In addition, he describes at some length the grief of McCandless's family and friends.
McCandless survived for approximately 112 days in the Alaskan wilderness, foraging for edible roots and berries, shooting an assortment of game and keeping a journal. The exact cause of the young man's death remains open to question. McCandless may simply have starved to death, which makes sense since he weighed 67 pounds when he was found.
By Bryan F.