• Title: The Wild Truth
  • Author: Carine McCandless
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Wild Truth The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless who gave away his savings hitchhiked to Alaska walked into the wilderness alone and starved to death in fascinated not just New York Times bestsell
    The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation Krakauer s book,Into the Wild, became an international bestseller, translated into thirty one languages, and Sean PenThe spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation Krakauer s book,Into the Wild, became an international bestseller, translated into thirty one languages, and Sean Penn s inspirational film by the same name further skyrocketed Chris McCandless to global fame But the real story of Chris s life and his journey has not yet been told until now The missing pieces are finally revealed in The Wild Truth, written by Carine McCandless, Chris s beloved and trusted sister Featured in both the book and film, Carine has wrestled for than twenty years with the legacy of her brother s journey to self discovery, and now tells her own story while filling in the blanks of his Carine was Chris s best friend, the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska Growing up in the same troubled household, Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family In the many years since the tragedy of Chris s death, Carine has searched for some kind of redemption In this touching and deeply personal memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth.

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    1. 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 Wild (which was also made into a movie, directed by Sean Penn). This summary is from Krakauer's Author's Note:"In April 1992, a young man from a well-to-do East Coast family hitchhiked to Alaska and wal [...]

    2. 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'd particularly like, but neither were they the psychos the book tries to say. I think the delving into finding porn (adult) on Walts laptop, and his smoking pot is a bit cheap, and just a character a [...]

    3. 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 them had abusive parents. As a survivor of things similar, and at times worse, than Carine and Chris, I felt like this book truly spoke to me. I always admired Chris after reading Into the Wild and seein [...]

    4. Now, I feel sorry to give Carine's book one star because I believe her story to be unflinchingly honest, but The Wild Truth is not a love story about her brother; rather, it is a hate letter against her parents. The intent of 'righting' the misconceptions of her brother, trying to describe how he was smart to walk out on a horrible family life instead of a misguided lost soul that most think Chris McCandless was, is hidden by the constant portrayal of abuse. Yes, reading this book might change m [...]

    5. Boring and pettyI 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 about why Chris left. Anyone with half a brain would know from reading the first book it was because he was unhappy in his current life and family. This book is basically the sisters' life memoir and b [...]

    6. Some of the reviews I've seen on 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 quotes leading into the chapters (I personally found them exceptionally cheesy and even copy-cat in places, except where notes from Chris' found paperbacks were concerned). What you CAN'T critique, however, is th [...]

    7. 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 grown or learned from it because she continues to welcome them back into her life time after time. She doesn't even see it. She says she's better than them because she can leave three failed marriages [...]

    8. 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 needless. So he grew up in dysfunctional family. So what. So do millions of others. All I got from this is a feeling of pomposity and self righteousness from the author. And if she and her brother were SO cl [...]

    9. 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 up the audio and read along with it. Carine reads the story which is a huge plus.The questionable part of this book is that it is really more about family dynamics. Chris is a mostly minor character i [...]

    10. 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, etc. Even the dog is libeled as the writer conveys her suspicion that poor old Charlie must have peed on the carpet. Rude. This beginning sets the tone. Summarizing the content of the rest of book: [...]

    11. 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 insight to him. I wondered did that go both ways? What this book showed me was that Chris had plenty of insight into his parents--enough to sever ties and walk away. Reading this book made me want to rewri [...]

    12. This alternative tale acts as an interesting counterweight to Krakauer's earlier book. I honestly don't understand the disparaging reviews that have accompanied what is, in my opinion, a brave and honest recounting of the catalyst that drove Chris McCandless into the wild. When reading Krakauer's writing, I picked up on the subtle undertones of domestic instability that lead Chris to break with the world. But Carine succeeds in filling in the gaps in both Chris' somewhat mysterious background an [...]

    13. Carine pulls away the veil of mystery surrounding Chris' motives for leaving his family and severing communications with his parents as he ventured Into the Wild. Carine openly discusses the childhood that she, Chris, and the rest of their siblings lived through. She highlights the effects that physical and emotional abuse had on her family at the hands of narcissistic parents, with a level of honesty and candor not previously seen by the public. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to [...]

    14. This book is not really about her brother. I was looking for insight into his character and did not find it here. This book is about Carine and how much she hates her parents. They were abusive. She acts like they are the only abused children in the history of the world. It is ridiculous. She needs therapy to stop being such a victim.

    15. Reading about Chris and Carine's childhood has reminded me of the importance of displaying unconditional love to your children at all times. I hope that even though the book brings to light some harsh realities that the truth coming out will help bring healing to their family.

    16. Disclaimer: I have never read Into the Wild, nor have I seen the movie.So with that out of the way, let's start with my having no prior opinions about the McCandless story. Why read this? Because I hoped to learn from the family's side what drove Chris McCandless to do what he did, and perhaps get a better sense of why so many schools are requiring the Krakauer book. And this book does provide that insight, but well so many problems.There are weird timeline gaps here, like the time Chris spends [...]

    17. This was a very insightful read and whilst I'd wished that I had read Into the Wild before I read this, it still didn't detract from my enjoyment. Having also seen the film version of Into The Wild I was not completely in the dark about the story of Chris McCandless. Although this was probably more a memoir of Carine's life there was enough in the story and a lot about Chris and their family life to make it interesting. Also Carine's own story and all that she has had to endure as well as her co [...]

    18. I found this book to be extremely frustrating. While readers would be enticed to read this based on the mystery around Chris McCandless and the ultimate truth, the author spends 3/4 of her time talking about her relationship with her parents and how bad that relationship was. The other 1/4 of the novel felt forced - adding tidbits of info about Chris's life or repeating Jon Krakauer - just to keep the reader reading. It was only in dull moments that Chris was brought into the novel.While I don't [...]

    19. First of all, I am appalled by the reviews I have read that say :"Whine much?" Or "The abuse must not have been that bad if she kept going back for their money."Okay, hold up. What? Because a woman is telling a horrific story about the severe emotional and physical abuse that happened in her home that makes her a whiner? And because she accepted money from her parents on multiple occasions that doesn't mean anything. Her parents were extremely manipulative with everything, including money. Until [...]

    20. Having parents that get drunk and fight sucks no matter what your financial status is, buuuuuuuuut, when your super rich it kind of makes you sound whiny and stompy to write about it. The idea that this is the whole truth not previously told to redeem the decisions of her brother to wander off into the Alaskan wilderness, seems like just a way to draw people in. Her brother is a prominent character in this for sure, but it really seems to be more about a rant on her crappy parents, who she never [...]

    21. Chris McCandless has been a personal hero of mine for the last quarter of my life. At twenty, his story resonates with me as much as it did when I first encountered it at fifteen. And after reading Carine's account of their background, she has joined her brother as a personal hero of mine. Her resilience is remarkable, and the courage of her memoir is incredible. It's a compelling read and answers many questions.

    22. I am pretty surprised by the vehemence of some reader's opinions after reading this book. These readers who think Carine McCandless is whining about her upper middle class childhood, should count themselves lucky, because they have clearly never suffered in this way with their own parent(s). I think having something off with one or both parents, but not being able to vocalize it without censure and judgments from people who don't understand, is an extremely painful byproduct of growing up with p [...]

    23. Come spiare dal buco della serratura. Anzi, come mettersi in balcone in bella mostra, facendosi vedere dai passanti. Non mi piacciono i drammi familiari, i panni sporchi, le sfighe varie, i genitori cattivi, i figli irriconoscenti, i mariti tossici, le mogli cornute, le botte in salotto, le malattie dei nipoti, i casi umani. Anzi, mi piacciono tanto, ma solo nei romanzi. Non mi piacciono le storie vere, né chi le racconta. Soprattutto se è diretto protagonista. Non amo chi spiattella gli affar [...]

    24. 3.5 StarsI was a big fan of Into the Wild and when I read it, I did not quite understand a lot of Chris's motivations and why he did what he did. Carine McCandless really fills in the holes that Into the Wild had and it seemed the holes were her doing. Turns out, they had some shitty parents and a weird manipulative home life.I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Into the Wild. If you have not read Into the Wild, what are you doing?!

    25. I am ashamed to admit that I'm one of those people who have judged Chris McCandless as an irresponsible, spoiled and ungrateful young man when I first read Into the Wild. Now that I have a better understanding of what was really going on in his life before he decided to split from it, I feel I have judged him wrongly. This is a captivating story about abusive and quite sick relationship in a family that seems perfectly normal on the outside. I realize it is a subjective account, told from one vi [...]

    26. Carine McCandless wrote this book because she had held back on some revealing family information when Jon Krakauer wrote the book about her brother, Chris McCandless, INTO THE WILD. I've read INTO THE WILD numerous time and did pick up on the hints that a less-than-stellar family atmosphere led Chris to explore the world on his own. He was clearly trying to get away from something. But not everyone picked up on those hints, leading some to call Chris selfish for not contacting his family and put [...]

    27. This book was a difficult read for me. I've heard that this book can be hard to get through because it "doesn't illuminate Chris's story any further", but I have to highly disagree with that point. This book was difficult for me to get through because I've always seen in Chris a part of myself, but this book illuminated Carine McCandless in the same way for me: In her I saw my own sister.As two siblings growing up in a highly abusive household, my sister and I also saw our fair share of deceptio [...]

    28. I liked the book and it kept my interest. It's value is reserved primarily for those who previously read "Into the Wild". The book did add much perspective to Chris's situation with regard to the dysfunctional relationship he had with his parents. I have 2 primary thoughts though. 1. Lots of kids had much worse situations than Chris did - and managed to pull through.2. A bit too much of the book was devoted to Carine's own life, failed marriages and kids. Carine is a great person and I think the [...]

    29. The fact that Chris McCandless had a less-than-wonderful home life feels as though it is not a surprise to me; even if it was not expressly stated in INTO THE WILD, it was clear to this reader that he had something he was both striving toward and escaping from.His sister Carine has now shared that part of the story from her perspective, giving details about their childhood and home life, the relationships with their half-siblings, and their parents. This book is as much about Carine as Chris, an [...]

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