Thanks for the questions.
Unfortunately I will be heading to Atlanta to drop daughter dearest off at
Please let me know what your next title
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Subject: [bookclub-1361] Into the Wild
We're meeting tomorrow (Fri 8/22) at 10am
at Cameron Village Library to discuss Into the Wild. Here are a few
discussion questions to get the ball rolling and hope to see you there &
that you enjoyed the book!
"Into the Wild"
1. Why did McCandless reject his parents'
2. What do you think of McCandless's decision to discard his
past life without a backward look?
Would you do the
same thing if you were in his place, or do you think it
would be important
to discuss your decision with your family first, even if
you were certain
that they would try to dissuade you?
3. Do you believe McCandless was a
reckless greenhorn or a well-prepared
wilderness adventurer? Why?
What do you think you would want to say to McCandless if you were
father? If you were his mother?
5. The author believes that
McCandless was deeply embittered by his
discoveries about his father's
past. Were Chris's actions justified?
6. Tell me what you thought about
Krakauer inserting his memoir into this
book. Was it justified or did it
bog down the story?
7. According to Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless died
as a result of "one or
two seemingly insignificant blunders."
were those blunders and how could Chris have avoided them? Discuss
kinds of preparations that someone planning to live in the bush should
before setting out.
8. Who are "Rubber Tramps" and "Leather
Tramps"? Describe their way of life.
Discuss the pros and cons of a
9. Consider the various accounts of experiments
similar to McCandless's
that Krakauer relates. Discuss the kinds of
idealism or alienation that lead
these young people to abandon past lives
and lead potentially
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