In my AP English Language and Composition class, we read Into the Wild. It was a pretty amazing book. I had read it before the class has started and I felt a connection with the book. If you have never heard of it, Into the Wild tells the true story of Chris McCandless, a 24 year-old recent graduate of Emory University who leaves his family and goes on a journey of his own. Through diary entries and information from the people he met and affected the reader goes through the journey of Chris's journey. Chris's reason for this journey is to go to Alaska and live alone in the wild. Chris gets to Alaska but then dies 104 days later because of potato seed poisoning. It is a very powerful book and a great read.
We watched the movie this past week and it was amazing. Into the Wild was directed by Sean Penn with Emile Hirsh has Chris. It was a wonderful visual perspective of the early 90s as Chris McCandless journeys from a suburb of Washington D.C. to Mexico to Alaska. Emile Hirsh does an amazing job and should've been nominated for an Oscar. Into the Wild was one of the most influential movies of that year and was nominated for 2 Oscars but neither were won.
For once, I liked both the book and the movie equally.