Sunday, August 24, 2008

Into The Wild

My super-long flights from Changi Airport, Singapore to Narita Airport, Tokyo and then to Tacoma Airport, Seattle followed by Portland International Airport, Oregon before finally reaching Denver International Airport, Denver - required a multitude of activities to kill off boredom. I watched about 10 movies in all and slept. But I brought along with me 2 great books: 1001 Nights and Into The Wild.

I felt in love. I felt in love with Into The Wild. Go read it. You will travel along with it - you may die or live stronger after it. There is a movie out there based on this book directed by the talented Sean Pean.

"In April 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandles. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. He took up residence at the ragged margin of our society, wandering across North America in search of raw, transcendent experience. His family had no idea where he was or what had become of him until his remains turned up in Alaska.

For most of the sixteen-week ordeal, nevertheless, McCandles more than held his own. Indeed, were it not for one or two seemingly insignificant blunders, he would have walked out of the woods in August 1992 as anonymously as he had walked into them in April. Instead, his innocent mistakes turned out to be headlines, and his bewildered family was left clutching the shards of a fierce and painful love."


dew embun said...

OH!! Oprah did an interview with Sean Penn and they covered the movie AND the book! Sean shared that they had McCandles' family on board so as to help do justice to him and his story.

Thank you for sharing. Now I have one more book to grab....just as I was thinking of getting some! :)


Minah said...

Oh yeah, I saw that. Would rather go for the movie actually :)