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The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge (original 2002; edition 2015)

by Michael Punke

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Title:The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge
Authors:Michael Punke
Info:Picador (2015), Edition: Reprint, Hardcover, 272 pages
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Enjoyable historical fiction work. Compelling story and good writing. As much as I wanted to rank this book higher, I simply couldn't because of the big let down in the end. The denouement is decidedly disappointing. It's as though the author simply got tired of writing, decided to stop and chose what he thought to be the quickest resolution to a complex situation. Hugh Glass' actions in the end just do not comport with his vengeful quest throughout the entire book. All that Glass went through and then suddenly, in the midst of pursuit, he's almost there and then...ah, nevermind. Just doesn't make sense. A disappointing conclusion to an otherwise riveting book.

Holter Graham is absolutely magnificent. His accents, foreign languages, inflections and character building are spot on. It was worth the time on this book just to listen to Holter. He saved this book from an otherwise dismal review. ( )
  LJayLeBlanc | Mar 9, 2017 |
I have never said this before in my life, but go see the movie and skip this book.
Michael Punke is a self-identified history nerd who wanted to turn one of the incredible stories he'd stumbled upon in his hobby into a gripping historical novel, but would seem to have bitten off more than he was prepared to handle. This novel lacks any sort of character development, and many of the characters never become more than flat shapes with uncompelling dialogue. Punke never really explores the mindset of his hero - a man abandoned to die, surviving against all odds, and finding himself risking his own death just for revenge. The man who abandoned him is given even less development, the description of his rocky past exploits standing in for any justification or explanation of his actions or choices. Action falls flat as well, failing to make the reader feel any of the stakes involved through all of the danger the characters experience.
Punke embellishes a bare bones history with his own inventions, but it is difficult not to compare them to the same embellishments made by the film based on this novel. Where Punke invents white male traders as fodder for the arrows of natives, Alejandor Inarritu includes a wide variety of characters, including trappers, soldiers, and natives from various tribes and of varying dispositions towards the main cast of characters. Mostly this novel is left me wondering "What could have been?", a question for which the Oscar-winning film unfortunately had a better answer for. ( )
  samlives2 | Feb 15, 2017 |
History is so cool. ( )
  hay16mc | Feb 13, 2017 |
The movie was better. Usually the book is better than the movie...not this time. The ending was especially anti-climatic. ( )
  ko40370 | Feb 9, 2017 |
I read this because I'm wanting to watch the movie, and I always like to read the book first. It has a lot of historical information and facts. People really into that time period will probably love that. The action and survival were the parts that grabbed me. It was absolutely amazing how much he survived. He was attacked by a bear and left for dead by his group. The men who were suppose to stay with him until he died actually took all of his supplies. He survives the winter in the wilderness with no tools, weapons, materials or food except what he can find while suffering life-threatening injuries. Then he travels for hundreds of miles through unsafe territories surviving all kinds of hazards including people trying to kill him while still injured (enough to not leave bed for most of us). According to the author, most of the story is true. I can't wait to see the film. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
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Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto
wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will
repay, saith the Lord.
                                                       —Rom. 12:19
For my parents, Marilyn and Butch Punke
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They were abandoning him.
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Mauled by a bear
Glass beats all odds to strike back
Vengeance is mine

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Already sold to Warner Bros. for a major motion picture, this riveting novel of the frontier evokes such classics as Jack London's "To Build a Fire" and A. B. Guthrie's The Big Sky. Michael Punke's The Revenant tells a story of nearly unimaginable human endurance over 3,000 miles of uncharted American wilderness, spanning what is today the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Based on the real life of fur trapper Hugh Glass, The Revenant recounts the toll of envy and betrayal, and the power of obsession and vengeance. Punke's novel opens in 1823, when thirty-six-year-old Hugh Glass joins the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. on a venture into perilous, unexplored territory. After being savagely mauled by a grizzly bear, his nearly lifeless body is left in the care of two volunteers from the company—John Fitzgerald, a ruthless mercenary, and young Jim Bridger, the future "King of the Mountain Men." When Indians approach their camp, Fitzgerald and Bridger abandon Glass. Worse yet, they rob the wounded man of his weapons and tools—the very things that might have given him a chance on his own. Deserted, defenseless, and furious, Glass vows his survival. And his revenge.

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