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The Bear Went Over the Mountain by William Kotzwinkle
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Jan 06, 10

Read in January, 2009

I don't know which character I'm supposed to sympathize with; if any. I can see the similarities drawn between this book and "Forrest Gump". Hal Jam (the bear) floats along without saying much but is still handed the keys to the kingdom. In the end I felt sorry for Art Bramhall, who we are led to believe has found happiness with his character assassinated, his identity stolen and the loss of a chance of millions of dollars. No, he's happy in the forest having traded places with the bear. I didn't buy it.
I found the supporting cast more interesting, especially the country folks they parade out with interesting back-stories. I did find the interview segments hilarious. I also enjoyed the way the urban cast twisted whatever Hal said (or didn't say) to fit whatever the situation warranted. I could have enjoyed this more if the ending had taken a different turn.
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