The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

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The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

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As Michael Punke clearly recognized, the tenuous factual nature of Glass’s remarkable journey makes it a perfect candidate for novelization. In The Revenant, Punke is able to use the dramatic license of fiction to add meat to the bones of an otherwise skeletal story.

Bottom Line: Ridgeline is the kind of historical fiction that reminds readers that those who came before us were not all that different from the people we are today. Punke does not take sides. Instead, he gives the reader a sense of how — and why — something as tragic as what ultimately happened to this country’s native peoples happened. This is a memorable account of one little known fight between two very different cultures that had a much greater impact on American history than anyone could have realized at the time. Several Indian tribes, some of them longtime enemies, worked together to bring approximately 2,000 warriors to the battlefield. Want to see a modern guy pretend that he's a beaver trapper from the 1800s? As usual, you can find anything on YouTube. Through fully formed, flawed characters, this fictional account stays true to historic fact, using spare but impactful writing to deliver a history lesson about the impending extirpation of Native Indians in a burgeoning America during the late 1800s. Heartbreaking in so many ways…Due to it being historical fiction, this is a difficult one to review. Do I count off for plot faults? Character faults? In the end I chose a middle-ground. I don't think "Revenge" is considered a book genre, but it should be. Apparently I really love books on revenge. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This is a man's book. In fact, with the exception of an ancient Native American woman, there are no female characters in this book. The Revenant reminded me a lot of movies such as There Will Be Blood and True Grit. Or, to a lesser extent, the book The Stars My Destination (although in a much different time period). The Audible audiobook narrator was AWFUL. He didn't try to do any voices with anyone, and his voice acting was not great in general. Also, because he was Native American, his voice (and the stacatto/proper style of it) was jarring when it came to the Army's perspective. They made us many promises, more than I can remember. But they kept but one. Then promised to take our land...then took it." Red Cloud

I think the movie took a gripping, incredible story, and made it even more incredible. This movie is just a piece of art in every sense of the world. I love that Iñárritu wasn’t trying to make a movie to please audiences and studios, rather make a movie that he could be proud of. Everything about it is impeccable. Speaking of, in the book Glass is constantly thinking about Bridger and Fitzgerald and how they done him wrong. I get that that’s the whole point of this book, but it just seemed redundant at times. The movie shows this, by having Glass write Fitzgerald’s name in places and writing “Fitzgerald killed my son.” One section in the book reads, “For the first time that day, he thought about the men who abandoned him. His rage grew as he stared at the doe. Abandonment seemed too benign to describe their treachery. Abandonment was a passive act—running away or leaving something behind. If his keepers had done no more than abandon him, he would at this moment be sighting down the barrel of his gun, about to shoot the deer. He would be using his knife to butcher the animal, and sparking his flint against steel to start a fire and cook it. He looked down at himself, wet from head to toe, wounded, reeking from the skunk, the bitter taste of roots still in his mouth. What Fitzgerald and Bridger had done was much more than abandonment, much worse. These were not mere passersby on the road to Jericho, looking away and crossing to the other side. Glass felt no entitlement to a Samaritan’s care, but he did at least expect that his keepers do no harm. Fitzgerald and Bridger had acted deliberately, robbed him of the few possessions he might have used to save himself. And in stealing from him this opportunity, they had killed him. Murdered him, as surely as a knife in the heart or a bullet in the brain. Murdered him, except he would not die. Would not die, he vowed, because he would live to kill his killers.” Battling Fitzgerald When Bridger is traveling with Fitzgerald, they don’t exactly get along, as is also shown in the movie. There is a line in the book that says, “The boy looked away, hating Fitzgerald for his bloodhound ability to sense weakness. Fitzgerald absorbed Bridger’s discomfort like the nourishment of raw meat.” Both actors really convey this in the movie. Pawnee and Arikara

Grummond, for example, spends the entire book spouting nonsense about “thieves” and “savages” while paraphrasing Alexander the Great. The real life Grummond certainly seems like an ass, but I doubt that any person – especially a sociopath who was living a double life, with two different wives – could be so mono-focused and repetitive and still expect others to take him seriously). McNary, Dave (July 11, 2014). "Leonardo DiCaprio's Survival Drama 'The Revenant' Attracts Megan Ellison's Annapurna". Variety . Retrieved August 29, 2014.

In 1866, with the country barely recovered from the Civil War, new war breaks out on the western frontier--a clash of cultures between a young, ambitious nation and the Native tribes who have lived on the land for centuries. Colonel Henry Carrington arrives in Wyoming's Powder River Valley to lead the US Army in defending the opening of a new road for gold miners and settlers. Carrington intends to build a fort in the middle of critical hunting grounds, the home of the Lakota. Red Cloud, one of the Lakota's most respected chiefs, and Crazy Horse, a young but visionary warrior, understand full well the implications of this invasion. For the Lakota, the stakes are their home, their culture, their lives. But things don’t wind up as tidy as expected and Glass finds himself still alive but alone in the western wilderness without his gun, knife, or implements of survival. What he does have in generous supply is a will to survive and a murderous drive to pour a can of vengeful whoopass on the men who abandoned him. This piece examines a 1939 account of Hugh Glass's bear battle and uses it to understand our continuing fascination with this tale of revenge. VideoA superb revenge story . . . Punke has added considerably to our understanding of human endurance and of the men who pushed west in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark--a significant feat.” — The Washington Post Book World Se há histórias que ilustram bem o ditado-cliché "Deus escreve certo por linhas tortas", esta é inegavelmente uma delas!

Fitzgerald and Bridger had acted deliberately, robbed him of the few possessions he might have used to save himself. And in stealing from him this opportunity, they had killed him. Murdered him, as surely as a knife in the heart or a bullet in the brain. Murdered him, except he would not die. Would not die, he vowed, because he would live to kill his killers.” (p. 94)The Indian characters are not drawn much better. Punke clearly went out of his way to present the Indians sympathetically and sensitively, which is well-intentioned. He tries so hard, however, that he is almost condescending. Crazy Horse, for example, does not have a single thought – or say a single word – that doesn’t involve the white people encroaching into the Powder River Country. Undoubtedly, Crazy Horse had these concerns. Yet I am confident in saying that he had other thoughts as well. Instead of humanizing Crazy Horse, he is transformed into a gloomy prophet uttering portents of doom. Not flesh-and-blood but a symbol, as lifelike as his half-finished monument in South Dakota. Hugh Glass was a man who lived life on the edge. This was not due to any need or cash crunch. He just liked it, and soon it became the only way he knew how to live. His father wanted him to become a lawyer, but Glass had other plans for his future. In the end, his father relented and allowed him to pursue his dreams. Glass started his career as a sailor. He later became a frontiersman, hunter, scout, and fur trapper. a b c d e f g h i Bonner, Walter (November 11, 2014). " 'The Revenant' Author Michael Punke Is the Most Successful Novelist Who Can't Talk About His Book". Maxim . Retrieved September 5, 2015. I appreciated the insights of many of the characters, including the earthly Bridger, one of the scouts:

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