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|Based on the author's personal experience as a survivor of the Holocaust and the experience of individuals she has come across in her practice as a pediatrician and psychoanalyst and in her personal life, And You Shall Tell Your Children is a synthesis that describes the process of passage from death to life and gathers inherited Jewish wisdom. Focusing on the people of Israel, the land of Israel, and the Torah, the book espouses a message of resilience in the face of a sometimes-cruel reality. This volume offers a professional and human analysis of the "pathology" of the survivor and the process of overcoming this handicap in order to rehabilitate oneself, enabling readers to identify with this process when facing their own difficulties and to rebuild their present lives in a positive way.|
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naivete, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.
|Number Of Pages||240 pages|
|Publisher||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|LC Classification Number||CT9971.M38K73 1997|
|"Terrifying...Eloquent...A heart-rending drama of human yearning." --New York Times "A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It's gripping stuff." --Washington Post "Compelling and tragic...Hard to put down." --San Francisco Chronicle "Engrossing...with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man." --Los Angeles Times Book Review "It may be nonfiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order." --Entertainment Weekly|
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This book is well written and truly sobering to follow the life of Chris McCandless.
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- crammarc22Nov 8, 2007by
Into the Wild - thought provoking
I bought this book due to the authors' other book, "Into Thin Air". And he does not disappoint in either. This book is a very thought provoking, dramatic story of a young man who seems to be struggling to find identity within himself and wanting to find peace internally and externally in this complicated world, as "Alex SuperTramp" seems to see it. I recommend this book!