I haven't seen the film, but the book is compelling. Based on a true story, the premise involves a young man who abandons all responsibility to head out into the barren wilderness of Alaska. Following Romantic notions of being a kindred spirit of nature, the protagonist is at once reasonable and rational though in the end seemingly naive and idiotic. I felt like running off myself at times, but this book acts as a warning. As much as 'The Circle' may warn us about turning away from our true nature, this biography alerts us to the folly of turning away from the inevitable progress of humankind too.