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In Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer presents the story in non-chronological order. What is the effect of this narrative choice?

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A lot of readers tend to praise Krakauer's non-chronological organization of this book. For the most part, I agree that Krakauer's organization choice works out as a way for him to explore how a particular part of McCandless's earlier life ties with his final year of life. I especially liked the small diversion to an elementary teacher of McCandless's who said that McCandless was a very independent kid. It's a solid flashback to help show readers that McCandless's final years of life were not due to some major personality change. McCandless was always different.

For the remainder of this answer, I would like to play the devil's advocate. Krakauer's non-chronological organization makes the book a jarring read in which readers are so often jerked around from date and place that practically all sense of narrative flow is destroyed. Additionally, Krakauer mixes in narration about himself and other men to the point that readers begin considering whether or not the book is indeed about...

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