Jon Krakauer – Into The Wild Audiobook
Jon Krakauer – Into the Wild Audiobook – 1996: the rejection of modern society engendered in some radicalized the desire for a primitive return to the wild. Chris McCandless was one of those illuminated believers that nature alone and its resources could allow them to exist without the aid of any technical progress. This was to forget that the abundance of natural resources had long ceased to exist on this planet because even the most remote points of our earth had been exploited for commercial purposes. It was also to ignore the evolution which had placed in our hands the tools of a sedentarization programmed since always for our civilization. Of course, the safeguard of our natural heritage obliges us and always obliges us to save our resources and to choose a less energy-consuming lifestyle. Still, the death of this young man from malnutrition raised questions about the adaptability of today’s man in an environment devoid of any comfort and any help. Jon Krakauer while investigating this amazing true story was doing journalistic work by tracing the existence of this original which ended miserably in an abandoned bus at the foot of Mount McKinley in Alaska. Questioning his family and friends, following the road which led him from the comfort of a student life in which everything succeeded to an end in the most total destitution, the writer offered the readers an absolutely fascinating account of this adventure which turned very bad. Exploring the intellectual meanders that could push to such extremes, Jon Krakauer tackled several other cases of loners who also wanted to live in autarky in the middle of the great outdoors finding for the most part a tragic end in a terrible solitude. One might wonder why these people who were initially rather well integrated into our society were able to give up helping others, on the understanding that living from hunting, gathering and fishing does not necessarily mean living alone. This book by its originality will make a lasting impression on readers accustomed to benefiting without effort from the benefits of a society which nevertheless leaves more and more people on the side of the road. Excessive consumption certainly does not bring happiness, it is in the opposite extreme that Chris McCandless sought his own to finally find death at the end of the road … an ode to ideological extremism.