Thursday, July 14, 2016

The #Revenant - Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56

After hearing so much hype about the book and the movie, I picked up The Revenant at the library and decided to give it a try. I loved this story. At first, I was put off by the omniscient point of view. The author tells what every character is feeling and thinking, even the wolves! It didn't take long, however, for the story to capture me and for the point of view shifts to stop bothering me so much. Although there is quite a bit of violence in the story, it's definitely worth reading. I'm hoping to see the movie too and will read more books by Punke.

Genre: Western/Historical/Adventure
Book Length: 272 Pages (paperback)
Amazon Link: The Revenant
More Books: Michael Punke Author Page

Book Beginning:
September 1, 1823
     They were abandoning him. The wounded man knew it when he looked at the boy, who looked down, then away, unwilling to hold his gaze.
     For days, the boy had argued with the man in the wolf-skin hat. Has it really been days? The wounded man had battled his fever and pain, never certain whether conversations he heard were real, or merely by-products of the delirious wanderings in his mind.

Teaser (Page 105 paperback):
The white wolf stopped to contemplate the changing odds. He knew well his place in the pack: Others led and he followed.
[Ooops! I messed up. Since the book is back at the library, I'll have to stick with this excerpt instead of something from Page 56. I apologize.]

Synopsis:
     A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass   
     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.
                

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23 comments:

Lauren Stoolfire said...

I haven't see the movie or read the book yet - I'll have to get on that!

Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

Breana M. said...

I haven't heard much about this one, looks okay. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-)

Jacqueline Gum said...

This usually isn't something that I'd read, but I can see with the movie hype why you'd give it try. I do love that so many TV shows and movies are being sourced from books!

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds interesting. I don't know if I could deal with the point of view though. This week I am spotlighting Allegiance of Honor by Nalini singh. Happy reading!

Bev Bouwer said...

I'm glad to see you're reading the book first, before seeing the movie. Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Here's my Friday read - Anxiety for Beginners by Eleanor Morgan

Stormi Johnson said...

I haven't seen the movie cause not a big Leo fan, but the book sounds like it could be interesting. :) Might try it.

Stormi
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Katherine P said...

I've heard good things about the movie and while this isn't my usual reading genre I do love the teasers. Sounds like quite a read!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but the excerpts grabbed me. Maybe I'll see the movie first...I think the omniscient POV would be hard for me, too, although I just finished a book with that perspective, and ended up loving it.

Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “MYSTIC SUMMER”

fredamans said...

What a gripping beginning!! And while it might not be a 56, it was still a very intriguing snippet! Happy weekend!

JLS Hall said...

I've been avoiding the movie and thought I'd probably skip the book, too. But that beginning makes me want to rethink that decision. Might have to take a closer look. Thanks for sharing.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

My husband and I both enjoyed this book and that's rare!

Emma at Words And Peace / France Book Tours said...

one member of my book club present ted as well. but sounds like the movie is very different than the book

Gennifer Eccles said...

I really loved the movie, so I might have to give this one a shot! I hope you like it! Happy weekend (and reading)! :D

Suzanne McClendon said...

This sounds like a very interesting book. I love history and I love true stories. I generally prefer those over fiction, but sometimes a good fiction book sneaks into my reading.

Thank you for sharing this one. I will have to learn more about this man's story.

Have a blessed day!

LadyD Piano said...

I love stories about frontier life. I would like to see the movie, too. Happy reading!

Yvonne said...

I liked the movie and the book sounds good too.

Heather Fineisen said...

I loved the movie and can't wait to read the book. Excellent pick.

Kathy Reads Fiction said...

I've wondered if this one would meet the Oscar hype the movie had. I have several friends who want to read it, but you are the first I've seen who is actually reading it. I hope it continues to be a winner.

Terra Hangen said...

From your review I think I might read the book. I don't want to see the movie though. Too graphic visually.

Alicia AKernelofNonsense said...

An omniscient POV that even includes wolves? How very interesting! Glad to hear it lived up to all the hype.

Harvee Lau said...

I'll look for movie and book!

Maria said...

I really liked the beginning - I haven't read the book or the seen the movie yet but I want to - Thanks for visiting my Friday meme yesterday!

guiltless reader said...

The movie looks amazing so I tend to think that the book is even better. I'll get to this eventually ... I need to get in a Leo sort of mood for the movie now ;)