Into the Wild is a true story about a screwed-up kid who read way too much Jack London and got all obsessed with the Alaskan wilderness. So, he goes to Alaska, where the wilderness promptly kills him.
What made the book interesting to me, is that this sort of thing apparently happens to people all the time. There is a chapter about some guy who did the same sort of thing in the Dakota Badlands, and the author even tells his own story about how he got obsessed with climbing the Devil’s Thumb and almost fell off.
As a cubicle-bound office schlub, I often fantasize about selling the house, quitting the job, and moving into the woods to become a curmudgeonous mountain hermit. Of course I don’t actually do it, but it’s kind of nice to hear about the people who do.
Since it tends to be a fatal decision, I suppose I’ll stay in my cubicle for a bit longer.
Anyhow, I give Into the Wild 5 Jihadis out of 5