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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
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Published March 31st 2010 by Chizine Publications (first published January 1st 2009)
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Scott Candey
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...more
Nathan Burgoine
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...more
Steve Lowe
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
Mike
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
Steve
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
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 t...more
Corey
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
Laurel
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)
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...more
Melissa
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...more
Lauren
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...more
D. Ward
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
Claudia
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
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.
MIchael
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.
Clare
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.
Kim
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
Lots of layers and symbolism and an interesting read. Read the full review.
Christie
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.
Bracken
Wow, that was profoundly sad. Exactly what I was in the mood for. Perfectly told, and the perfect length (77 pages).
Wafflecakes
Made me sad. >_>

I like the cover though it's awesome.

Quick read. I "enjoyed" it. Still sad though.
Jenn
Good quick read - fanciful but not absurd. Neat to read about random places in Victoria too...
Alexis
Dec 28, 2009 Alexis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
A beautiful and creepy ghost story/novella written by a friend.
Tim McWhorter
Powerful. Heart wrenching. Phenomenal.
Christie
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...more
Francesca Forrest
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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Belinda Frisch
At no point in The World More Full of Weeping did I actually care if they found the boy in the woods. It's a typical first crush story--the boy finds the girl in the woods and quickly grows so attached that he cannot be without her--set against the parents, divorced (though I don't think that lended to anything in the novel, really, other than the boy was being sent to live with his mother and some speculated it was why he ran away) and the search party hashing out similar events to when the boy...more
Erin
I bought this on my Kindle mistakenly thinking it was a full Novel, only to find out it was a Novella. I'm not used to reading short stories, but I found this one to be a great disappoint compared to the last book that I read by Robert J. Wiersema ('Before I Wake'). I was geared up for a great book and felt like there was no plot development what-so-ever.
Linelle Reyes
A very good quick read.
Sandy
I wouldn't class this as a novel. It was only 68 pages of actual book and the rest was an essay and notes. The story was wonderful and left me thinking in the end, but to me that's what it was, a story. I would recommend reading it for the 2$ I paid for it but not for the cover price of 12.95$.
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