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In the film Into the Wild, Emile Hirsch keeps on reading a book at different times, such as night time. In some scenes, the cover of the book is slightly visible.

What was the book he was reading?

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You can spot him reading a few different books:

  • Family happiness (Leo Tolstoy)
  • The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
  • Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)

and, of course,

  • Tanaina plantlore, Dena'ina k'et'una (Priscilla Russell Kari)

In the movie You can also see the entire book collection is carrying (at about minute 20), featuring:

  • War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
  • Death of Ivan Ilych (Leo Tolstoy)
  • The Call of the Wild (Jack London) [that I already cited]
  • White Fang (Jack London)
  • Taras Bulba (Nicolai Gogol)
  • Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
  • The Spectator Bird (Stegner)
  • Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak) [that I already cited]
  • Family Happiness (Leo Tolstoy) [that I already cited]

According to the Krakauer's book, "Supertramp" was also carrying:

  • Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
  • Education of a Wandering Man (Louis L'Amour)
  • Moon-Face (Jack London)
  • Brown Wolf (Jack London)
  • To Build a Fire (Jack London)
  • Terminal Man (Michael Crichton)
  • O Jersualem! (Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre)

Hope this helps.

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