Rocky Mountains, 1823. The trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is one of the most respected men in the company, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker.But when a scouting mission puts Glass face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not ...more
So when I saw the trailer for the film adaptation of this ...more
That was a good western.
Equal parts Larry McMurtry and Jack London with a nod to Cormac McCarthy, writer Michael Punke delivers a riveting tale of survival and revenge.
In the summer of 1823, fur trapper Hugh Glass, an experienced frontiersman, lowers his guard for a moment and in true Jack London fashion, nature demonstrates how unforgiving a mistake can be, as Glass is viciously mauled by a grizzly bear. His compatriots, already behind schedule and in danger from a rogue branch of a native ...more
The book is based on the famous true story of Hugh Glass, the frontiersman working as a trapper for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1823 gathering beaver pelts along the Missouri River. Things go south fast when he gets ripped apart by a ...more
This "gritty" adventure tells the story of Hugh Glass and the near death experience of his encounter with a grizzly in the year 1823.
Relieved of all means to protect himself, abandoned and left for dead on the wild frontier amidst Indians and other foe, Hugh uses his knowledge and tracking skills to seek revenge against his vile compatriots.
Enjoyed this exciting novel for the most part and the historical data and background information of the time, but I was a bit disappointed with the...more
This story is so gripping. From the explosive opening moments until the very last page, the reader is practically swept up into the action.
Not only are the men in The Revenant struggling with each other, but Nature herself has a huge role in this survival tale. If the characters aren't freezing, they're ...more
Did I expect to really enjoy a book set in the early 1800s about fur traders wandering ...more
I am glad that they made a movie of this book, because I am not sure my attention would not have been drawn to it without the hype.
I recommend this book, but only to the strong of stomach!
After some research about the nonfictional 19th century main character Hugh Glass, ...more
I read this because I always like to read the book before I see the movie, so mission accomplished. The book was difficult to stick with but finally picked up in the second half.
I'll report back after I see the ...more
Okay! Now that I've read it I can head to the theater tomorrow.
I thought the story was good. Punke admits that he has taken a lot of liberties with the story but all in all he still presented us with most of the basic facts. There are some big gaps in the action but they are filled with what I consider some pretty interesting historical knowledge and that is a subject that I find interesting anyway so the lags didn't bother me too much. Well...maybe a little.
I am hesitant to say it's breathtaking, but it's breathtaking.
As brutal as the movie was, the book is more brutal and oddly enough more visceral. Nature and open range were not only an element but a part, an additional character of this book.
And what a foe it was. Yet this was also about folly of men. Kinda reminds me and puts me in mind to recite one of my wordlings from 2013.
Don't be afraid of nature
don't be afraid of men
but be oh so very afraid of nature of men.
p.s ; aren't ...more
1820's Middle America. A trapper is mauled (nearly to death) by a grizzly bear and left for dead by his companions. Only he doesn't die. Now, half-dead and unable to stand, he sets out to crawl his way across hostile and untamed land to seek revenge on those who abandoned him.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This is a man's book. In fact, with the exception ...more
Hugh Glass was a man who lived life on the edge. This was not due to any need or cash crunch. He just liked it, and soon it became the only way he knew how to live. His father wanted him to become a lawyer, but Glass had other plans for his future. In the end, his father relented and allowed him to pursue his dreams. ...more
If any book could benefit from visual shortcuts and a condensing of action & time, it's this one. Should have just stuck with the movie.
Michael Punke did a fantastic job with his research. I loved that this story had me looking into Hugh Glass' history and the 19th century fur trade.
- Mario Puzo, The Godfather
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?
- Edgar Allan Poe
So, I did this totally proper like. I read the book first. Untainted by the movie and then went to see the movie. The book was good. It was interesting and had great characters. The writing was ok. Perhaps, I've read too many good Western/Frontier novels (Blood ...more
I will also say that this book does a great job of putting into perspective how very easy ...more
Another fall back of the book is the ending. There doesn't seem to be one. If it ...more
Hugh Glass is a trapper who works for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. In 1823, while scouting food for the men he was traveling with, he accidentally comes upon a bear who mauls him, while trying to protect her cubs. Glass is next to death. The company tries to carry him, as they continue their travels to the Fort, but find that this is not working so decide to leave him, to prevent their possible detection by the local rampaging Indians. ...more