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FC: Into the Wild | ABC Book | Andrew Mandeville

1: A | A is for Alexander | "Jack London is King Alexander Supertramp May 1992" | Alexander is the name Chris McCandless invents for himself when he goes on his country-wide adventure.

2: B | B is for bajada | "The bajada beneath the badlands is open country cut by steep-walled arroyos." | McCandless visited the bajada during his stay near Oh-My-God Hot Springs, a camp of low-lifes and hippies looking for seclusion.

3: C | C is for Chris McCandless | Chris is the focus of the book; his journeys and actions are analyzed by Krakauer in an attempt to understand his obsession with the wilderness. | "My convictions should be apparent soon enough, but I will leave it to the reader to form his or her own opinion of Chris McCandless."

4: D | D is for Davis Gulch | "For most of its short length,Davis Gulch exists as a deep, twisting gash in the slickrock, narrow enough in places to spit across, lined y overhanging sandstone walls that bar access to the canyon floor." | Davis Gulch is the location that Everett Ruess discovered in 1934, and carved his alternate name, NEMO, much like Chris did in Alaska.

5: E | E is for Everett Ruess | "...twenty year old Everett Ruess carved his nom de plume into the canyon wall below a panel of Anasazi pictographs, and he di so again in the doorway of a small masonry structure built by the Anasazi for storing grain." | Everett Ruess lived much earlier than Chris, but their aspirations and obsessions with the wild are both strikingly similar.

6: F | F is for Franz | "Franz grew increasingly fond of McCandless. "God, he was a smart kid," the old man rasps in a barely audible voice." | Ron Franz took Chris under his wing and helped him whenever he could. He treated Chris like his own son.

7: G | G is for Gallien, Jim | Jim Gallien had driven four miles out of Fairbanks when he spotted the hitchhiker standing in the snow beside the road, thumb raised high, shivering in the gray Alaska dawn." | Jim Gallkien is one of the last people to see Chris before he leaves civilization and is found dead a few months later.

8: H | H is for Henry David Thoreau | "Rather than love, money, fame, give me truth..." Henry David Thoreau Passage highlighted in one of the books found with Chris McCandless's remains. | Thoreau was an inspiring author for Chris; his books such as Walden, or Life in the Woods directly influenced Chris's passion for the wilderness.

9: I | I is for Immigration authorities | "He was back at the United Sates border on January 18. Caught by immigration authorities trying to slip into the country without ID, he spent a night in custody..." | Chris had to evade multiple authorities in his travels, including the US border control.

10: J | J is for Jan Burres | "From a letter McCandless sent to Jan Burres, we know he spent July and August on the Oregon coast, probably in the vicinity of Astoria, where he complained that "the fog and rain was often intolerable."" | Jan was another aquaintance that Chris made in his journey.

11: K | K is for Killian, Butch | "A short while later a sixth person appeared on the scene, a hunter from Healy named Butch Killian. Because Killian was driving an Argo-a large amphibious eight-wheeled ATV-Samuel suggested that Killian evacuate the remains." | Butch Killian is one of the men who discovers Chris's body in the bus on the Stampede Trail

12: L | L is for Lake Mead National Recreation Area | "...he'd arrived in Lake Mead National Recreation Are on July 6, riding a giddy Emersonian high. Ignoring posted warnings that off-road driving is strictly forbidden, McCandless steered the Datsun off the pavement where it crossed a broad, sandy wash." | LMNRA is where Chris had to abandon his faithful vehicle after it was hit by a flash flood and he killed the battery attempting to start the engine.

13: M | M is for Mexico | "A year ago I was down in Mexico... I was out on the ocean in a canoe, and I almost drowned when a storm came up." | Chris visited Mexico in his trip; he paddled down into the Gulf of California and out into the ocean.

14: N | N is for New Mexico | "After leaving Virginia, Chris drove south and then west across the flat Texas plains, through the heat of New Mexico and Arizona, and arrived at the Pacific coast." | Chris drove through New Mexico while he still had his Datsun, the faithful car that never let him down.

15: O | O is for obsession | The entire book Into the Wild is an analysis of Chris McCandless's obsession with the wilderness, and the notion that the only way to really live is to make every day a new experience.

16: P | P is for postcards | "On March 5, McCandless sent another card to Burres and a card to Franz as well." | Throughout his adventures, McCandless met many people and was very organized in keeping in touch with these people through postcards and letters.

17: Q | Q is for Quotes | "No man ever followed his genius until it misled him. Though the result were bodily weakness, yet perhaps no one can say that the consequences were to be regretted..." -Henry David Thoreau | Throughout the book, many famous authors like Thoreau and Tolstoy are quoted, mostly because Chris like to highlight passages in books such as these.

18: R | R is for Road Warriors | "Chris invented this workout he called Road Warriors: He would lead us on long, killer runs through places like farmers' fields and construction sites, places we weren't supposed to be, and intentionally try to get us lost." | In athletics Chris excelled, not because of his physical strength, but because of his mental strength. Chris saw running as a "spiritual exercise."

19: S | S is for Stampede Trail | "The trail was blazed in the 1930s by a legendary Alaska miner named Earl Pilgrim; it led to antimony claims he'd staked on Stampede Creek..." | Chris is dropped off by Jim on the Stampede Trail, the last place he is seen in civilization.

20: T | T is for Teklanika River | "Studying the Teklanika's violent flow, McCandless thus mistakenly concluded that it was impossible to reach the eastern shore." | Chris may have lived, had he been able to cross the Teklanika River.

21: U | U is for Utah | "Originating at the foot of a high rock battlement known as Fiftymile Point, the stream flows just four miles across the pink sandstone slabs of souther Utah before surrendering its modest waters to Lake Powell..." | Everett Ruess entered the wilderness of Utah in the 1930s looking for the same things that Chris was when he went on his great Alaskan Odyssey

22: V | V is for Virginia | "After leaving Virginia, Chris drove south and then west across the flat Texas plains, through the heat of New Mexico and Arizona, and arrived at the Pacific coast." | Annandale, Virgina was Chris's hometown that he left behind in search of a simpler life away from civilization.

23: W | W is for Wayne Westerberg | Westerberg, hyperkinetic man with hick shoulders and a black goatee, owns a grain elevator in Carthage and another one a few miles out of town but spends every summer running a custom combine crew..." | Westerberg picks Chris up and offers him a job at his grain elevator, and Westerbergs house essentially becomes Chris's second home.

24: X | X is for Xeric | "Here, on a low, sun-scorched rise dotted with chollas and indigobushes and twelve foot ocotillo stems, McCandless slpet on the sand under a tarp hung from a creosote branch." | Xeric mean desert-like, and arid conditions, and Chris encountered many of these conditions in his travels.

25: Y | Y is for Yuma | "At the end of November, he paddled through Yuma, where he stopped long enough to replenish his provisions and send a postcard to Westerberg..." | On his canoe trip, Chris paddled through many areas, including Yuma

26: Z | Z is for Zarza, Lori | Lori Zarza was the second assistant manager at a McDonalds in Bullhead, where Chris worked for a few weeks, then left because of the unwelcoming attitude of the other employees. | "Lori Zarza, the second assistant manager, has a somewhat different impression of McCandless"

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