Into the Wild | Study Guide

Jon Krakauer

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Jon Krakauer

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Perspective and Narrator

Jon Krakauer is the author and narrator of Into the Wild, which tells the story of Chris McCandless and his ill-fated quest to live a transcendental life off the grid.


Into the Wild shifts between past and present tenses, as Krakauer narrates events that occurred in McCandless's and his family's lives between 1985 and 1993 as well as autobiographical events and biographical anecdotes. This sequence of events does not follow chronological order.

About the Title

The book's title Into the Wild refers to Chris McCandless's enthusiastic quest to live alone in nature, like his hero, Henry David Thoreau, as well as McCandless's shocking disappearance and death in the wild.


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