Just as much as the Netflix film moved me at the time, the book left me hooked from page one. I probably never mentioned this before, but I am not a fan of books. I've always been pretty lazy when it comes to reading, and I tend to watch the 'movie-versions-of-books', if I can. I mean, why read a book for days when you can watch the same story on a screen in less than 3 hours and have the same understanding of the story, right? (So, so wrong...!)
The book is extremely moving; I was obsessed with it! And just like the documentaries on sustainability, environmental changes and global warming, this book changed my perception of so many things, and opened up my eyes (and wallet...haha!) to countless authors for my future literature purchases.
I believe it took me about two days to finish reading Into the Wild. And trust me, for someone who simply does not enjoy reading very much, it's incredible how I've managed to stay hooked for so long. My 'ADHD' doesn't normally let me focus on more than a couple of chapters at a time, but this book just kept hitting me with such brilliance, it was impossible to stop reading!
The outcome? After reading about Chris McCandless's full story and his motives, I couldn't help but search his favourite literature authors, books and passages, which led to buying more books from genius minds, with stories covering the same ideologies defended by McCandless. I highly recommend that your read this book at some point in your life, if you haven't already.
One of the books I bought next was Anthony Storr's masterpiece, Solitude. I've always enjoyed philosophy at school, and at one point I considered following this path as a career. I've always loved to study about the lives and ideologies of Descartes, Karl Marx, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, and Kant. I've studied some fascinating topics in high school and later at University, but I'll have to admit that I was too 'young and immature' to understand all the ideas behind the books.