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Eleven-year-old Brian Page spends every waking moment in the forest behind the house where he lives with his father. But forests are always deeper than anyone can know. Secrets are hidden in the eternal twilight of the trees. Those secrets emerge into light when Brian disappears in the forest, as his father did three decades before. His father, however, came home with no m ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by ChiZine Publications (first published January 1st 2009)
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Scott Candey
Oct 09, 2010 Scott Candey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The World More Full of WeepingThe World More Full of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema

I picked this up based on the title, a reference to a Yeats poem, "The Stolen Child." The World More Full Of Weeping falls somewhere between a long short story and a novella.

The story follows a young boy from a fractured, loving family as he seeks solace and freedom in the expansive woods behind his house. In the woods, he's befriended by a young presence who reveals the mysticism of the forest to him. The relation
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 14, 2010 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it
Having read and loved BEFORE I WAKE by Wiersema a few years ago, I was quite pleased to see this title become available. As a lover of short fiction as well, I wasn't daunted by the slim volume, and will say that Wiersema has once again managed to blend quality characterization and a mystical plotline into one.

What appears to be at first a very simple plot hook - child goes missing in the woods behind his home - soon turns into a mystery with a sense of supernatural foreboding to it, as the fath
Steve Lowe
Feb 14, 2010 Steve Lowe rated it really liked it
I’m going to try my hand at a review. Robert J. Wiersema may weep at the incoherency of this attempt at his book, “The World More Full of Weeping”, but here we go anyway. Published by the independent house ChiZine Publications out of Toronto, the story is just 76 pages, plus some notes and acknowledgements at the end, a very fast read due both to the length, as well as the economy of Wiersema’s words. There are no wasted lines here, no distracting tangents or subplots, and this is one of the boo ...more
Oct 06, 2009 Mike rated it it was amazing
he World More Full of Weeping, its title unabashedly ripped from the W. B. Yeats poem, “The Stolen Child” is a new novella (almost a short story) by author Robert J. Wiersema. ChiZine Publications is a relative newcomer to the publisher scene but as the print arm of the Chiarscuro ‘zine brings with it a wealth of experience and talent. Wiersema’s debut novel Before I Wake achieved quite a bit of buzz on its release but slipped beneath my radar but, having read the chilling tale that is The World ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
For such a short story, this turned out to be really absorbing and pretty powerful. The forest in which much of the story takes is described more completely and vividly than the rest of the setting, which made sense considering the events of the story (which I won't spoil here). The father and son relationship at the heart of it all is really well developed, but there are also quite a few secondary characters introduced for such a quick read and that became distracting because none of them reall ...more
Darrell Reimer
Feb 10, 2011 Darrell Reimer rated it really liked it
Robert Wiersema dusts off a very old and very dark fable and pulls it into the here and now, in his short novella The World More Full of Weeping . The story is relayed in a deceptively straightforward manner, that cuts a direct route to the payoff. But the real surprises occur once the reader has had time to reflect on the subtle and disturbing connections layered throughout.

To say anymore is to rob readers of a short and powerful bit of writing. This can be read as a stand-alone work, or as a
Sep 12, 2010 Corey rated it it was amazing
I don't want to give too much away; the story is short, precise, and nary a word wasted with an economy of prose that should be taught in schools (I should take the course, definitely, oh yes indeedy do). Wiersema crafts an evocative yarn of tragedy and magic, very similiar in tone to the recent Tim Lebbon piece The Thief of Broken Toys (also great, and also a ChiZine release, my new favourite publisher). Wiersema also proves himself an expert creator of place, erecting a whole town from very fe ...more
Nov 05, 2009 Laurel rated it really liked it
This is a small novella, almost a long short story. As its a Canadian work, many may not find it on their local bookshelves, but if you get the chance, please pick it up. I can't say much without giving away the magic, but if you want a quiet hour, remembering why we loved darker fairy tales as a child, give this a try. I had to force myself to slow down, not to race ahead to the end. Well worth a read!
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
Jul 19, 2012 Reeka (BoundbyWords) rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Based on other reviews, I think I expected more out of this book, fantasy wise. I pictured talking trees and dancing animals-straight Pocahontas style. But the subtle darkness I found instead was just as pleasing, if not more welcomed.

This novella of a mere 77 pages had me deep rooted in Hendersen, BC, all green fields and thick forests. Brian spends most of his waking hours in that exact forest, where he's most at ease and free. His father spends his time in his shop, grease elbowed and waist d
Nov 07, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
This creepy little book is part horror story and part fairy tale. A divorced dad, Jeff, lives with his 11-year-old son Brian in rural British Columbia. Their home sits next to a forest which Brian spends all of his free time exploring. One day Brian goes missing and from that point forward we see the story from both Jeff and Brian’s points of view.

I knew almost nothing about this book when I picked it up. The cover is gorgeous and the title comes from William Butler Yeats' poem "The Stolen Chil
Feb 04, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
This compact short story/novella captivated from the outset and held on till the end. Wiersema was a new author to me, the book a gift from my bibliophile, librarian, and reader-extraordinaire cousin, and I appreciated his appropriation of fairy tale into a contemporary story line. The chilling tale, with its simple prose and suspenseful story line, would be appropriate for a YA audience.

With well-drawn characters and setting (the latter based on his own childhood hometown in rural western Cana
Feb 04, 2016 Roger rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this brief divergence from crime, drugs, alcohol, and the like. I'm sure the day will come, sometime in the future, when I will read it again. I'll not reveal more; there is no real need to. There are more than sufficient lengthy reviews already, some with spoilers that one may wish to avoid, if one hasn't yet read this novella.
D. Ward
Sep 08, 2011 D. Ward rated it it was amazing
This novella by Robert J. Wiersema is one of the most beautiful and haunting things that I have read in recent memory. The prose is so infused with a sense of place that at times I felt like I was reading a fine bit of southern writing. (Which I have always been in love with, of course.) The end was not what I was expecting but it really did hit home for me. Like others who have reviewed this work, I'm reluctant to go over too much in this review because I feel that it would rob a potential read ...more
Jul 12, 2012 Claudia rated it it was amazing
I have long contended that children are born with unique abilities; the ability to dance and sing, the ability to fly, and the ability to make art. Those skills are quickly lost when faced with ridicule, disdain, and disinterest by adults. It's a wonder children don't just write us off immediately, but instead they swallow it all and become artless, unhappy, earthbound heavyweights. This story is about that but in much prettier words. I loved this small treasure because it reminded me to encoura ...more
Jessica Strider
Aug 11, 2011 Jessica Strider rated it really liked it
The World More Full of Weeping is a 77 page novella told from two points of view. The first is the view of Jeff Page, as he discovers his son hasn't returned from playing in the woods. The second is that of the son, Brian, as he meets a girl in the woods who shows him marvelous things.

It's a sweet, compelling story of love and loss. And a reminder that doing what you believe is best for someone doesn't usually take into account their own preferences on the matter.
Chattery Teeth
Sep 01, 2014 Chattery Teeth rated it liked it
For some this book might strike closer to home; perhaps as some kind of solace. To myself, and I imagine to others, it felt like a writing exercise in how to make people cry. To poke at nerves; to say all the things.
The writing is strong, the story is adequate. But the Brooks's purpose seems more like someone's private journal as a way of coping with loss, and for that, I imagine, it might work- yet I found myself asking, 'Okay, now what?'
Those with children will find themselves moved by the id
Nov 04, 2010 MIchael rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I think this novella had a few problems with it (mostly the ENTIRE story being detailed on the back cover so there were no surprises in reading it), but it was engaging from beginning to end, I read it in one sitting and loved it.
Dec 07, 2010 Clare rated it really liked it
damn you Wiersema, you just broke my heart with this one. Didn't see that coming.

On a less anguished note, I really enjoyed the essay on place, and the separating/mirroring of them, at the end of this. Has given me ideas.
Dec 18, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it
Brian loves the woods behind his house, and one day, he disappears into them. that's really all I can say. I loved this, but I was unprepared for its brevity (it was an e-book). I wanted more!
Lynn Bornath
May 30, 2010 Lynn Bornath rated it really liked it
Lots of layers and symbolism and an interesting read. Read the full review.
Jan 19, 2010 Christie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2010
Concise. I like the point of view. I don't want to say much to give anything away, but it feels like the adult side of a piece of kid lit.
Aug 27, 2011 Bracken rated it it was amazing
Wow, that was profoundly sad. Exactly what I was in the mood for. Perfectly told, and the perfect length (77 pages).
Jan 13, 2012 Wafflecakes rated it really liked it
Made me sad. >_>

I like the cover though it's awesome.

Quick read. I "enjoyed" it. Still sad though.
Apr 24, 2010 Jenn rated it liked it
Good quick read - fanciful but not absurd. Neat to read about random places in Victoria too...
Dec 28, 2009 Alexis rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
A beautiful and creepy ghost story/novella written by a friend.
Tim McWhorter
May 19, 2011 Tim McWhorter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-rated
Powerful. Heart wrenching. Phenomenal.
Mar 10, 2013 Christie rated it really liked it
Canadian writer Robert J. Wiersema packs a punch with his novella, The World More Full of Weeping. On the day before going to spend a week with his mother in the city, eleven-year-old Brian disappears in the woods behind his father’s house. Wiersema manages to capture both the frantic search, and Brian’s journey in the forsest in 77 short pages.

Part of the novella’s success can be attributed to Wiersema’s split narrative. Beginning in present day, Brian shares breakfast with his father who expla
Francesca Forrest
Feb 24, 2013 Francesca Forrest rated it it was amazing
This story unfolded exactly as I wanted it to. It's what I always dream for and what few stories seem willing to offer--but more can't be said without spoilers (or perhaps even that little bit is a spoiler, if you stop and think about it).

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Mar 20, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
This short, bittersweet read had been sitting on my shelf for some time. I had been hesitant to read it because of how deeply Before I Wake had affected me. Once again, Wiersema writes about a "child in danger" and once again had my stomach in knots. But, this time the story is shorter and a little darker.

The slim volume also includes an essay by the author in which he discusses how he writes about a place without it being explicitly that same place. an interesting read on its own.
Mar 19, 2015 Monique rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a haunting, realistic fantasy
Recommended to Monique by: Ley Fraser
Shelves: favorite-books
The World More Full of Weeping is both beautiful and haunting. Jeff slowly discovers his forgotten past and realizes the link between it and his son's disappearance. Through both Brian and Jeff's perspectives we see two worlds, one of an adult who has forgotten the magic of his childhood, and one as a child who is discovering that magic for the first time. The woods are a mystical place, and Wiersema captures that feeling of mystery in a very powerful way.

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