A touching portrayal of a remarkable person

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Jon Krakauer: Into the Wild

February 26, 1996

What other books do you recommend? How do I get published?
Did Chris destroy those cabins?
Are there better ways of planning these sojourns?
A touching portrayal of a remarkable person
His hubris and narcissism are inexcusable; you romanticize idiocy

A touching portrayal of a remarkable person
Q: I was hoping that I could just make a comment about Mr. Krakauer’s book. I just finished it and I loved it! I was enthralled the whole time and appreciated Jon’s personal accounts as well. Not being the so-called “brightest bulb on the tree,” some of the deeper meaning was lost on me I am sure, but the tragedy of Chris McCandless’ death was
not. Thank you for writing such a touching portrayal of a truly remarkable human being.
Amy C. Bryan

A: I’m pleased and flattered that you enjoyed the book so thoroughly. I continue to find it intriguing that some people seem to love the book and find McCandless an admirable, even noble, character–and others clearly hate the book, and think both its subject and its author are world-class chumps. (See the following question.)

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