I would like to comment on two separate points in this review. First, Jon Krakauer's writing and telling of the story; second, a brief comment on the main character.
Krakauer does a fine job of bringing the reader closer to an understanding of Chris McCandless. The style of writing flows well and I was spellbound and could not put the book down until I read it straight through. Although it is obvious that Krakauer is biased in favor of McCandless (in his beliefs and actions), the book is well written and extremely enjoyable. Krakauer seamlessly weaves into the story his personal experiences and shows that he is the perfect person to present the story to the reader. He succeeds in getting the reader to become absorbed into the tale as it unfolds.
Now, on to the actions of our "hero." While I admire and respect McCandless for some of his beliefs and his amazing travels and triumphs over adversity, I feel that he was immature, ignorant, arrogant and just plain stupid in regard to other things. His unpreparedness to enter the wilderness (not really wilderness since he was so close to others), his lack of understanding of nature and of his immediate surroundings, and his absolute refusal to accept advice from others reveal his childlike immaturity and simplistic approach in his quest for truth. As I say, I respect him for what he "wanted" to do and achieve, but the way he went about it showed that he was a complete fool who had very little understanding of the Nature that he so adamantly loved. Examples of this are going into the woods with no maps, no compass, no axe, improper clothing, insufficient food, the wrong type of rifle, no knowledge of how to preserve meat and a ridiculous feeling of invincibilty.
I feel badly that McCandless died in the manner that he did, but unfortunately, his death was his own fault and not an accident.