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Author of the week - Jon Krakauer
It's not always necessary to be strong but to feel strong.
Hii you! Hope you’re good and healthy with a nice weekend going on…for the sport-themed week we have Jon Krakauer! author of two years, New York Times bestsellers Into the Wild.
Jon is an American writer and mountaineer born in 1954 on 12th April. His other non-fiction top seller books include Into the Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. Besides these interestingly, Krakauer has also contributed to several magazines, including National Geographic, Outside, and Rolling Stone.
Jon grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, where his father introduced him to mountaineering as an eight-year-old. SO, you can figure out he has an adventurous spirit from the very start. However, his path wasn’t that straight. After graduation in 1976, Krakauer was supporting himself primarily as a carpenter and commercial salmon fisherman. His big climb actually occurred after nearly 2 decades.
When in 1996 he climbed Mt. Everest and reached the top! But unfortunately, the storm took the lives of his 4 mates as they descended. Later the analysis of this calamity wrote by him for Outside magazine received a National Magazine Award. And the book holding his Everest experience, INTO THIN AIR, became a #1 New York Times bestseller. Which was translated into more than 25 languages. This book also became Time magazine’s Book of the Year.
Of course, that’s not the end of his fame reasons; Jon has earned a lot more through his lifespan, from Academy Awards to thousands of hearts, this mountaineer always aimed for higher peaks while being venturesome and philanthropical.
Let’s call the end with his famous quote
“I now walk into the wild.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild