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 secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are t...more
The road is more devastating in its focus on destruction an…moreWell, there is a similar tone, yet I find this story to be more about resilience and love.
The road is more devastating in its focus on destruction and man's inhumanity to man.
What is your question about the bo…moreThe writing in THE BEAR is so spare, eloquent, beautiful and carefully crafted, I cannot bring myself to finish it.
What is your question about the book? (less)
In this novel there are amazingly beautif ...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 lands ...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" t ...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’m t ...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 top of the mountain ...more
It’s the end of civilization. Only a daughter and father exist and are the last survivors in the world.
They live on a mountain and the father prepares her for adulthood and the survival skills required.
Once she finds she is alone however, a bear leads her back.
So harmonious is this story. Beautiful, eloquent. It’s about listening to nature and the beauty and fullness that can transpire. The spirit in the animals and nature and the symbiotic relations ...more
Though not a whole lot happens, I was mesmerized. Unfortunately, because the young girl and her father (reminiscent of The Road, they are never named) live in a time after modern civilization collapsed, this meant they had to provide for themselves -- there was a lot of hunting and all that it entails. As an all-a ...more
The father has prepared his child, teaching her the ways of the land, ethereal in its beauty. He instru ...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 ocea...more
“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 secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is p ...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 abou ...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, encoura ...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 a ...more
I enjoyed this so much and wish in a way that there could have been more of it. I was never bored and I find myself struggling to write a review that doesn't give anything away about the story. While this could be a post apocalyptic setting, the uncertai ...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 gro ...more
It begins with a father and daughter living in a remote wilderness setting, the two of them the last humans alive on earth. The man’s wife died no ...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
A simple yet stunning story that fills you with wonder. No wonder Andrew Krivak won the National Book Award for Fiction. His prose evokes every sound in nature so you feel the wind on your face, the crunch of the leaves, the smell of the grass. A father and his daughter in an Eden-like w ...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 surviving without their 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
An unexplained catastrophe has ended the dominion of human, and the earth has reverted to the quiet brutality of weather and seasons and creatures. A father and daughter grow older in their stronghold beneath The Bear, the eponymous mountain of the title, the man teaching the girl survival skills and an appreciation of the poetry of Wendell Berry from the few books t ...more
The writing was not as smooth and interesting as I would have liked in this kind of story. Some of the sentences read a bit awkwardly and did not convey meaning and imagery in quite the polished way I had hoped. Still, I'm glad I read it, and I did find it thought provoking.
The trees are the great and true keepers of the forest, he said, an ...more
The last two were a girl and her father who lived on the old eastern range on the side of a mountain they called the mountain that stands alone.
Andrew Krivak’s The Bear starts with the end of humanity. This simple yet poignant tale takes the reader to a place where only two humans remain. The place where they live is idyllic and serene unlike most post-apocalyptic novels such as The Road and Station Eleven that evoke a darkness and fear. This world Krivak creates is peaceful and reminds me of wh ...more
The Bear reads like a fable, or perhaps more like a story handed down through oral tradition, told around the campfires of the earliest settlers of this land, or any land. Except, the novel tells the story of the last two people on earth: The Girl and her Father. They are never named, and in a way it reminded me of The Road. It is a much less daunting, harrowing story than that, though it still explores grief and has an overall melancholy tone. The story is one of loss and survival, ...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
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