Is McCandless a pale 20th-century burlesque of the protagonist in Jack London's To Build a Fire, as one angered writer asserts in a letter excerpted at the beginning of ch. 8?
Not from Krakauer's point of view. In the Author's Note, Krakauer suggests that were it not for a few seemingly insignificant blunders, McCandless would have walked out of the woods in August 1992 alive. Even though McCandless perished, he's arguably more than just some pale imitation of a romantic ideal, because he followed through on his beliefs and actually walked into the wild. Furthermore, he has some ideas that London's protagonist does not. For instance, his distaste for...
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