I was a little disappointed with this book. I expected more details of Chris' life on the road, and the details of his solitude in Alaska, but apparently there isn't much of a record. Instead we are regaled with stories of other adventurers (including the author) who have slipped off the grid to attempt to commune with nature, tackle a wilderness feat, or simply head off on an expedition.
Much time is spent trying to work out the "why" of this privileged life that ended so sadly. In this area I think Mr. Krakauer has come to understand Chris, and does share some insights into why his death wasn't a veiled suicide, or an act of supreme ignorance, but rather the enthusiasm of youth; and an adventure that ended simply due to the power and circumstance of nature.
The book seemed to stretch out the material, and while I found the story intriguing, I but couldn't help thinking a magazine feature would have been as satisfying.