Why did I love this book?
Most of us contemplate a deeper meaning of life at some point in our lives, particularly as we get older. I was no different, and neither was Chris McCandless, the focus of this incredible book. Leaving a comfortable, somewhat privileged life behind him, Chris abandoned his car and trekked off into the Alaskan wilderness, seeking adventure and self-discovery. Chris had the guts to do what I, and many others, wouldn’t, and as we share his new life in the wild we touch on life’s bigger questions – purpose, meaning, and philosophy among them – in ways that many other books don’t. Despite the sad ending, this is an inspiring read and one of my all-time favourites. Forget the film – read the book.