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?


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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