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From National Book Award in Fiction finalist Andrew Krivak comes a gorgeous fable of Earth’s last two human inhabitants, and a girl’s journey home
In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They...more
What is your question about the…moreThe writing in THE BEAR is so spare, eloquent, beautiful and carefully crafted, I cannot bring myself to finish it.
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In this novel there are amazingly ...more
A young girl and her father are the last remaining humans.
They live in a post apocalyptic world in the shadow of a lone mountain..where nature is full of animals and vegetation.
The father teaches the daughter how to make hunting tools and how to hunt.. how to make clothing and food. He tells her the the secrets of the seasons and the stars and tells her stories about her mother who passed soon after the girls birth.
After some years pass, the girl is alone in an unknown ...more
Once they were a family of three. Girl was born on the day of the summer solstice. Yearly, on this day, Father and Girl climb to the top of "the mountain that stands alone" ...more
There are just these two, a girl and her father, the last two left living on the eastern range of this mountain. Once, another time, it had been the man and a woman who had come to this place, had built a house using stones from the earth, timber and cement made from limestone, a glass window which was so rare now, handed down to the woman from her parents, and from the generations that came before. The woman was no longer there, she lay underneath the stones and stars on the ...more
so much for that.
I appreciated many of the same things other readers did...
the experience & vivid images - the messages - insights - the storytelling adult-fairytale
The first half of the book was more engaging to me than the second half.
My question is this - if civilization has basically collapsed as we know it and everyone’s going to die- leaving no human beings left to reproduce- what’s the point?
I honestly don’t know.
I’m sure I ...more
"Without you I'd be nothing but alone."
THE BEAR is an enchanting little fable about loss and survival in the wilderness....with some pretty cool animal friendlies.
Although post-apocalyptic, it's not blatantly obvious and is not dark. There are no villainous types waiting around the corner to steal what you have or do you harm; the only fear being the elements, loss and loneliness....which is relentless.
The story is simple. There's a man, a girl, a mountain home, a trip to the...more
Full disclosure: Book abandoned at 33%.
I was bored by this story. A father and daughter live alone somewhere in the wilderness, the implication being that they're the last few survivors after some apocalyptic event. In the beginning, the (nameless) father and (nameless) daughter spend time talking and hiking up a mountain, whose summit is shaped like a bear. Some magical realism elements come into play later in the story.
The Bear reminded me in a few ways of The Road. It's ...more
There are no names, there is no specific setting, there is no time period, and there are no quotation marks, but The Bear absolutely blew me away.
In most post-apocalypic plots, the environment is futuristic and technology-based with characters who have trouble survivingwithouttheir modern and futuristic conveniences. There are no modern conveniences, and I honestly didn't get the impression that this was a sci-fi/post-apocalyptic story. Instead of telling ...more
Andrew Krivak has a gift for describing Nature. The Bear tells the story of the last humans on earth. Loss and loneliness are just a fragment of what you will feel as you read about the father and daughter's journey together, then her life alone, when he too is gone. As she grieves for her father, a bear, which they had seen earlier on their travels, reappears and speaks to her, ...more
Andrew Krivak’s spare novel imagines the latter scenario. We don’t know and never learn why all of Earth’s inhabitants disappeared; ...more
This is a novel that entered my dreams, strangely offering a sense of peace and a feeling of oneness with the natural world. Strange because this is also a dystopian novel set in a future when mankind has disappeared ...more
The depictions of nature and scenery are beautifully done. It's hard to imagine a world in which everything is covered by forests and fields, the remnants of residential areas grown ...more
The first half of the book follows The Man and The Girl as he shows her how to survive, and tells her stories about her deceased mother, and tales of the bear who saved the village.
The second half takes a bit of a detour, as The Man and The Girl embark on a quest to the ocean. This is when you will need to keep an open mind and ...more
“The Bear” quite defies characterization re a genre. It’s not dystopian, certainly not sci-fi, and it’s not a fairy tale or a fantasy; maybe it’s an allegory, though it’s called a “fable” on the back cover, and perhaps that’s the best description. What I do know ...more
-Interesting premise. A girl and her father are the only two humans left. It's a great thing to start from. Catchy.
-Short and fast. Because of its fable nature, this book is a quick read. The writing is also flowing.
-Human and nature. Humans are left to survive in this harsh environment. They learn how to hunt, how to make ...more
I am quite picky about adult fairytales, as they don ...more
Fable might be the best way to describe it albeit one with gorgeous prose and luscious descriptions of the natural world.
Krivak reminds us of our own frailty and the fierce bond between human and animal with little if any difference between the two.
I applaud Bellevue Literary Press for its heightened awareness of quality books and stories.
Thank you for the ARE.
I am grateful for the opportunity to read The Bear.
I chose this because the unnamed man and his daughter have ties to nature, being the last two people left on earth. They depend so heavily on what they could hunt or find. The scenes with the man and his daughter up on the mountain are ...more
"The trees are the great and true keepers of the forest, he said, and have been since the beginning…each one carries the memory inside of every living thing that has ever touched it or passed beneath the shade of its limbs and leaves, trunk and branches. Every living thing that has ever walked the earth…
The two were quiet then for a long time until the girl put her hand on the pack she always had next to her and ...more
60% : 4 stars. A little lull.
75% : 3 stars. Yawn. How long is this book?
90% : can I dnf this close to the end!?
95% : should have dnfd.
Finished: 1 star. Don't read this.
I was so in love with this at the start. It was a beautiful story about loss and survival with magical elements! And then somehow it turned onto the longest, most boring thing I've ever read.
The last quarter of this book :
girl hunting, eating, being cold, hunting, tanning hides, being ...more
Author: Andrew Krivak
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Review Date: August 7, 2019
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the blurb:
“In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the ...more
BY ANDREW KRIVAK
ANREW KRIVAK YOU ARE AN AMAZING WRITER OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. After reading, "THE SIGNAL FLAME," and absolutely loving it for its deeply humane and gorgeous prose and telling a fabulous story with some gentle characters. You can only imagine how excited I was to receive an ARC this morning after just requesting it last night. "THE BEAR," was pure poetry, a loving ballard to mortality, the planet with its beautiful landscapes of nature, of the love we feel for our families, ...more
Why am I feeling this? she asked. Because you're beginning to understand. Understand what? That every thing has its end. And we have a part to play, right up to that end.
Sometimes a story doesn't have to contain flowery language or poetic verse to be incredible. Sometimes a story is beautiful in its subtlety and the pure truth that it offers. The Bear by Andrew Krivak falls in to the latter. This tale of loss, love and survival is ...more
The Bear narrates the story of a father and daughter, the last surviving humans on earth in a world where nature has reclaimed her primacy for all of creation.
Knowing that she will outlive him, the father spends most of their time together teaching his daughter the skills to survive on her own. He does this with profound love and patience, always thinking ahead to prepare her for whatever she might ...more
At first, this book is quite depressing, but you must keep reading! This is not just a tale of sorrow. It is a tale of hope and ...more
I wish that feeling had stayed with me during the second half of the book. But unfortunately it gave way to boredom. The action was repetitive, the dialogue almost non-existent and ...more