04 January 2015

The Wild Truth; Carine McCandless

The Wild Truth: The Untold Story of Sibling SurvivalThe Wild Truth: The Untold Story of Sibling Survival by Carine McCandless
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I have never read Into the Wild, nor have I seen the movie.

So with that out of the way, let's start with my having no prior opinions about the McCandless story. Why read this? Because I hoped to learn from the family's said what drove Chris McCandless to do what he did, and perhaps get a better sense of why so many schools are requiring the Krakauer book. And this book does provide that insight, but... well... so many problems.

There are weird timeline gaps here, like the time Chris spends at Emory is given short shrift. It's only later in the book that we get anything else (his college summer jobs). If that job was important to understanding Chris, why leave it out of his history and only glancingly mention it? The family history is written in the style of A Child Called It or The Chinese Cinderella, but towards the end there was a "yeah, things sucked but we also had some great times" acknowledgement.

This also is more Carine's story, with Chris dying far too early in the book for this to really do him justice. We didn't need as much about her three marriages, her jobs, etc.. More of Chris' life, more of what his friends thought, less of the more recent family dynamic and this would have been a much stronger book.

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