‘The Revenant’ by Michael Punke is the book that inspired the movie of the same name which finally put a stop to the ‘give-Leo-an-Oscar’ memes. I haven’t watched the movie so I can’t compare the book to it.
In ‘The Revenant’, we can read the thrilling and adventurous story of Hugh Glass, a trapper in an American fur company. When he is brutally mauled by a grizzly bear and left in the care of two men, they rob him and abandon him, defenseless, to die in the face of danger. Glass survives through sheer strength of will and a burning desire to take his revenge upon the men who left him to die. A thrilling revenge story, set in the early 1800s takes us through space and time into vast forests and the banks of the Missouri river filled with the adventures and dangers of outdoor life.
I found ‘The Revenant’ to be an interesting read although it was quite boring at the beginning. But after a few chapters it got interesting and I actually couldn’t put the book down then. One of the best things I found about the book is that it is very descriptive. When I read the book I felt as if I had reached that forest, that river bank, living those scenes along with Glass. Through the book I felt the magic of the woods. It also gives the reader many wilderness survival tips.
The book has the power to make us feel emotions. It makes the reader feel the emotions that the character feels. It is a revenge story and the reader too thirsts for revenge along with Hugh Glass.
One of the downsides to this book is that *SPOILER ALERT!* almost ALL the characters who are mentioned by name dies by the end of the book. The author introduces a character, tells us their story and then kills them off. This is something that kills the spirit of reading a good book.
Another downside that I found is that – for me – the climax wasn’t so satisfactory. The storyline upto the climax had this great buildup but I felt like it suddenly fell flat at the end. It’s very frustrating to read such a book.
Even with it’s shortcomings it is a book that can be enjoyed by adventurous outdoor types or homey indoor types (no offense to anyone!).
3 out of 5!