Is Into the Wild a novel? I have to write an analysis for this book, but when I begin to talk about it, I don't know if I should call it just a book or a novel.

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Contrary to the previous posts, John Krakauer's Into the Wild is NOT a novel; it is a journalistic work of non-fiction. If you wanted to pin it down to a particular genre, it is classified as a travel essay . Novels are works of fiction; this book is...

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Contrary to the previous posts, John Krakauer's Into the Wild is NOT a novel; it is a journalistic work of non-fiction. If you wanted to pin it down to a particular genre, it is classified as a travel essay. Novels are works of fiction; this book is certainly not fiction.

In this work, Jon Krakauer has researched the history and background of the real person Chris McCandless and traces his travels, first to the American southwest and then into Alaska. Throughout the work, Krakauer examines the facts of McCandless's life and analyzes the circumstances and motivations that may have led him to abandon his family and his money in search of spiritual freedom.

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Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild is most definitely a novel. It tells the story of Christopher Johnson McCandless, a young college graduate who decides to give away his material possessions and travel the backroads of North America. Shortly, after leaving Atlanta's Emory University, McCandless embarks on his wayfaring journey. He has little money along the way, and people that he meets along the way provide sustenance and friendship. Inspired by writers such as Jack London and Henry Thoreau, McCandless adapts a new name--Alexander Supertramp--in his quest to begin a new life. McCandless meets his end in the wilds of Alaska, where he becomes stranded and eventually dies of starvation.

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