Nel 1993 Jon Krakauer pubblicò un articolo sulla rivista «Outside», intitolato «Death of an Innocent» (Morte di un innocente). Le parole di Krakauer sul giovane Chris McCandless che aveva trovato la morte in Alaska, dopo aver abbandonato la famiglia e aver vissuto per mesi senza soldi, viaggiando da solo nella wilderness, sollevarono un polverone. Chi considerò Chris un sognatore, chi un pazzo, chi un illuso, chi un idealista, chi un ribelle.
Krakauer decise allora di trasformare l’articolo in un libro, «Nelle terre estreme», che ebbe un successo straordinario e che ispirò Sean Penn nel film «Into the Wild».
Chris McCandless è suo malgrado diventato un mito: rappresenta la giovinezza che non ha paura di perdere tutto pur di seguire i suoi sogni. Ma Chris è anche un ragazzo in carne e ossa, con una famiglia che ha abbandonato. E le ragioni della sua scelta sono quelle che Krakauer aveva cercato di comprendere con l’aiuto della sorella di Chris, Carine. Ma Carine aveva chiesto a Krakauer di rispettare il silenzio su alcuni aspetti della vita del fratello che coinvolgevano i genitori e lei stessa.
Tuttavia, a più di vent’anni dalla morte di Chris, Carine ha deciso che è ora di raccontare anche quella parte di verità che era rimasta in ombra. E racconta la storia della propria famiglia, di un padre violento, bigamo e, al tempo stesso, religiosissimo, di una madre sottomessa e insieme complice, spiegando perché la scelta di Chris «è stata la cosa più sensata che potesse fare».
Un libro coraggioso, lucido, sensibile, la descrizione di una famiglia devastata e devastante, la storia di un ragazzo che si conferma una persona straordinaria...
- ISBN: 8867000217
- Casa Editrice: Corbaccio
- Pagine: 376
Reading this book was like pulling over on the Interstate to gawk at a 20-car pileup. You know you shouldn't be staring at the mess, but you can't look away. Carine McCandless is the younger sister of Chris McCandless, who became famous after his story was published in Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wi Leggi tutto
I feel that most of the people who have panned this book do so because they don't like that Chris and Carine had such a problem with their parents. As if it's okay or at least normal for parents to act this way, or that Carine should have 'sucked it up' or 'stopped whining'. I wonder how many of the Leggi tutto
If you pick up this book to try and fill in the blanks as to why Mr McCandless left his family, and engaged on an ultimately suicidal trek then you won't find much new. CM is largely a cameo role in what is a 400 page teen angst, whining fest about her mean parents. Walt and Billie weren't parents I Leggi tutto
Some of the reviews I've seen on Goodreads about this book really upset me. Like, REALLY upset me. I get it: A lot of people don't understand memoirs. A lot of people don't get that you can critique the writing, the style, the flow of the narrative. You can critique the title of the book, or the quo Leggi tutto
Boring and petty I was so excited when I first heard about this book. Then I started reading it. The author is about as narcissistic as they come. No wonder Chris left his entire family without staying in contact with any of them. What a bunch of nuts. She says she wrote this book to show the truth a Leggi tutto
Carine McCandless shows up unannounced in front of her former childhood home. The current owner is kind to her uninvited guest and graciously allows McCandless to tour the house. Her kindness is repaid by McCandless writing about the unkempt yard, the nicotine smell in the house that makes her cough Leggi tutto
Disappointing book. The author claims that she is going to focus on telling the truth of her brother's story, but it's actually just a story of her own life, and it references her brother's occasionally. Yes, I feel bad that she suffered abuse from her parents, but she seems to have not changed or g Leggi tutto
One of the frustrations I felt with Into The Wild was that it clearly wasn't the whole story. It was clear that he did not have the happy childhood people on the outside thought he did, but it wasn't clear why. I figured 'strict' meant some abuse and I could tell Chris' parents had very little insig Leggi tutto
This book was a big disappointment. Let me say I am not in the Chris McCandless as some kind of martyr camp. I am definitely someone who saw him as a victim of his own idealistic idiocy going into the Alaskan wilderness ill prepared and uninformed. His demise while tragic was predictable and needles Leggi tutto
The great part of this book that overshadows any other part of it is that it has to do with Christopher McCandless' story. Which is one of the best stories I think I have ever heard. The book was also very well written. I was engaged the whole time. I did it on audio and then the second half I sped
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