Into The Wild

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I thought the most memorable passage from the book was the passage that was highlighted in one of the books found with Chris McCandless's remains. It went like this, "I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life." Leo Tolstoy, "Family Happiness" on page 15 (Chapter three,"Carthage") The significance of this passage is what is basically why he left home on this journey. And all the witnesses have seen him with books and that has to be where he got the idea from. And thetas probably why he highlighted it. The thing that drew me to this passage was because it was basically what the whole book was about. This was an excellent book because it shows how someone can drop everything and still live for a while.

And it was very cool how he met all the interesting people, but I don't understand why he would do that after he graduated college. He just threw away a college education. And how could he put his family threw that. Its not like he didn't have any money he worked a McDonalds and also had other jobs. In all I thought it was a very interesting book.