If someone dies in the woods, does it make a good book?

October 22nd, 2008

I just finished reading Into the Wild, cialis sale cialis the story about the young man who died trying to live off the land in Alaska, viagra usa and I don’t share the sympathy he was treated with by the author Jon Krakauer.

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  • 1. John  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 10:50 am

    I read the book and thought the guy was crackers, but still dug the book. I need not sympathize with the protagonist in order to be spellbound by his or her story.

    I’ve been reading a lot about Bush and Cheney recently, for instance.

  • 2. Rustmeister  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I read the synopsis of the movie and thought “What an idiot”.

  • 3. elliot  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 11:10 am

    That’s EXACTLY what I thought when I started reading the book.

    But by the end, it’s hard to read about someone starving to death alone and not feel some sympathy.

    Maybe if the kid had lived, he would have outgrown his need to have idealism triumph over realism.

    Of course, that need is why he didn’t live.

  • 4. John  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 11:33 am

    You like him even less in the film version. Still fascinating, though.

  • 5. John  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I’m remembering now the interesting material regarding his struggle to actually USE the meat from a moose he shot before the maggots appear. He ends up despondent because he basically killed the thing and wasted it; it was infested within minutes.

  • 6. BobG  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    “But by the end, it’s hard to read about someone starving to death alone and not feel some sympathy.”

    Since it was his own fault, I feel no sympathy at all. People who try to “live off the land” and have no real experience at it at romantic fools.

  • 7. BobG  |  October 22nd, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    That should be “are romantic fools”, not “at romantic fools”.

  • 8. james wigderson  |  October 23rd, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    “Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

    The book was written a long time ago on the state of nature.

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