Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Revenant


The Revenant
Michael Punke
Picador, 2015
Source: Library
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out, crawling at first, across hundreds of miles of uncharted American frontier. Based on a true story, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution. 

I read The Revenant because I was interested in the movie version. I found the story fascinating, and I couldn’t believe how much Hugh Glass suffered during his journey. Another thing that I couldn’t believe was how much the movie altered historical fact. So much was wrong with it! In spite of that, I absolutely loved the movie version. I understand why changes were made for film, and I appreciated that I read the book first. It helped but a realistic lens on a beautiful piece of cinema.

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