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traveling pages: Wild Truth – Carine McCandless

May 18th, 2015 by nina · No Comments · books, review


Carine McCandless
Wild Truth
First publication: 2014 

Nearly everybody knows the story of Chris McCandless. The young man who went into the wilderness of Alaska to find….well, whatever he was searching for. I read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer years ago and I was fascinated by the story. I also watched the stunning movie when it came into the cinemas and bought the soundtrack by the amazing Eddie Vedder one day later. The story of Chris McCandless touched me deep inside and the way the movie and the soundtrack try to give him justice is beautiful.
I always understood why a young man wants to leave society and life with the nature. I thought it was brave and courageous. But I never could decide if Chris was wild and free or in some way lost. I always had the feeling that there are pieces missing of the puzzle.

Last year a new book was released which unveils new details. Carine McCandless, Chris’ Sister, writes in Wild Truth about the story behind Into the Wild. The true story about her and Chris childhood which was marked by physical and psychical abuse by both mother and father. It is not only the story about the background of Chris’ dropout but also her story of overcoming all childhood obstacles to become a warmhearted and honest grown-up. And it is also the story of a whole bunch of brothers and sister who against all odds became a strong and caring family.

Everyone who loved Into the Wild should read this book. It will make you cry and laugh, it will make you think and set your world on fire, it will make you understand better and deeper and maybe it will even make you love your life more. It is a sincere, hopeful and brave book which I recommend highly.

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