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The Bear

by Andrew Krivak

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LibraryReads Pick! BuzzFeed "Most Anticipated Books of the Year" selection Buzz Books by Publishers Lunch selection 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 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 the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her backhome through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen. A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss,The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature's dominion. Andrew Krivak is the author of two previous novels:The Signal Flame, a Chautauqua Prize finalist, andThe Sojourn, a National Book Award finalist and winner of both the Chautauqua Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He lives with his wife and three children in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Jaffrey, New Hampshire, in the shadow of Mount Monadnock, which inspired much of the landscape inThe Bear.… (more)

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What a beautiful fable! A young girl and her father are the last of the human race in the far future. The girl's father teaches her everything he knows about survival in anticipation of the day when she is alone. After her father passes while on a journey, it is up to the girl to find her way back home again. She is accompanied by a bear who helps her find her way through the wilderness.
There is so much depth to this equisite novel. There is the basic story but underlying it are layers of mystical folklore. ( )
  Veronica.Sparrow | Jan 6, 2021 |
Set in an unknown future where only two people still exist, THE BEAR by Andrew Krivak, marketed as a fable for adults, is yet reminiscent of humanity's early beginnings in the distant past, and describes the skills and behaviors that would have been necessary to survive and thrive in a harsh and often unforgiving environment. Some graphic hunting images may not be to everyone's taste, but I underlined passages in my galley as a reminder to revisit some of the poignant prose that resonated with me. THE BEAR is a slim gem, and leaves the impact of a much longer story. It touches on themes of family, the environment, the struggle for survival, and the need for harmony with nature. I enjoyed meeting the Bear, the Puma, and the fierce unnamed female narrator who was stronger than I could ever imagine. ( )
  KellyWellRead | Dec 17, 2020 |
RIYL [b:The Snow Child|11250053|The Snow Child|Eowyn Ivey|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1327098624l/11250053._SY75_.jpg|16176521] ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
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This is the first time I've ever applied the word beautiful to a book about the extinction of the human race. There's no oppressive dystopian government or apocalyptic event; it's just the natural end of a species and the world continuing on in its absence. Highly recommended. ( )
  amanda4242 | Nov 13, 2020 |
My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rctxpoaeOI

Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | Sep 23, 2020 |
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We did not guess its essence until after a long time. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: Second Series
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The last two were a girl and her father who lived along the old eastern range on the side of a mountain they called the mountain that stands alone.
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LibraryReads Pick! BuzzFeed "Most Anticipated Books of the Year" selection Buzz Books by Publishers Lunch selection 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 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 the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her backhome through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen. A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss,The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature's dominion. Andrew Krivak is the author of two previous novels:The Signal Flame, a Chautauqua Prize finalist, andThe Sojourn, a National Book Award finalist and winner of both the Chautauqua Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He lives with his wife and three children in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Jaffrey, New Hampshire, in the shadow of Mount Monadnock, which inspired much of the landscape inThe Bear.

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