There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (1788 – 1824), English poet. From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage – Canto IV
I can’t decide if Chris McCandless is a tragically heroic character, or a fool … but there is absolutely no doubt that story of the last two years of his life is moving and compelling.