The journal contains approximately 430 words, 130 numbers, nine asterisks and a handful of symbols.
The journal contains approximately 430 words, 130 numbers, nine asterisks and a handful of symbols.Other than this, all Krakauer had to go on was several rolls of film found with the young man's body and a rambling, cliche-filled, 103-word diatribe carved into plywood in which Mc Candless claimed to be "Alexander Supertramp" off on a "climatic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage." Mc Candless' journal contains no descriptions of what he did at or around the bus.Gallien said Mc Candless wouldn't have seen a "swift current" on the Nenana because the river was frozen.
'Doctor Zhivago' was the last book Chris Mc Candless would ever read." If the numbers in Mc Candless' journal represent days at the bus, he appears to have lived for almost three weeks after writing "Dr. It is possible he read no other books in that time.
It is equally possible he read every book in the bus after that. "Into the Wild" is full of assumptions like this about Mc Candless' time in Alaska. Krakauer, on the other hand, appears to have done exactly what he accused author Greg Mortenson of doing in 2011: making up a story and selling it as a true account.
Twenty-two years after a young man named Chris Mc Candless was found dead in a long-abandoned bus north of Denali National Park and Preserve, a plausible explanation has arisen as to why the 24-year-old man stayed there until he starved to death: toxic mushrooms.
A noted authority on Alaska mushrooms who this year examined one of those photos identified some of the mushrooms Mc Candless was eating as "Amanita muscaria.'' Those have been known to make people sick and cause hallucinations.
DREAM.'' DREAM is written in the largest, boldest letters of any word in the journal, and there are large, dark arrows connecting mushrooms to the word DREAM. The photo of the mushrooms was pointed out to Alaska Dispatch News by Mc Kinley-area resident Will Forsberg when the newspaper began fact checking "Into the Wild," Jon Krakauer's best-selling book about Mc Candless.
Scientist Gary Laursen, director of the High Latitude Mycological Research Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said that along with the possibility of hallucinations, Amanita are likely to cause "malaise,'' which might account for Mc Candless staying at the bus until he starved. 94 -- widely believed to be his 94th day at the bus -- he wrote "Extremely Weak. Forsberg owns a cabin near the Stampede Trail not far from where Mc Candless' body was found. "From all the available evidence,'' Krakauer wrote, "there seemed little doubt that Mc Candless -- rash and incautious by nature -- had committed a careless blunder, confusing one plant for another and died as a consequence.'' All appear aimed at reinforcing the author's belief, stated in "Into the Wild," that if the young man died as the result of a previously unknown poison, "it means that Mc Candless wasn't quite as reckless or incompetent as he has been made out to be." What Mc Candless was or wasn't doing in Alaska is hard to say based on the scant record he left behind.
The main source -- Jim Gallien -- picked Mc Candless up hitchhiking along the George Parks Highway in late April and left him at the Stampede Road.
Gallien told ADN he didn't and wouldn't have said a key part of what Krakauer reported he said.
Krakauer in his 1996 book suggested that Mc Candless was the innocent victim of an unknown poison contained in the seeds of the wild potato. And what this reporter discovered is that the Alaska Mc Candless featured in "Into the Wild," billed as a "true story," is a fictional character.
In writing the book, Krakauer took an individual word or two from Mc Candless' journal and around such entries created little stories.