" Terrifying..... Eloquent.... A heart-rending drama of human yearning. " " A Narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It's gripping stuff. " " Compelling and tragic... Hard to put down." " Haunting... few outdoors writers of the day can match Krakauer for bringing outside adventure to life to page. " " Engrossing... with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man. " " it may be nonfiction but Into the Wild is a mystery of the highest order." " Riveting... a tragic story, well-told... absorbing. " " Sensational... [Krakauer] is such a good reporter that we come as closely ever can to another person's heart and soul."