He vowed to survive, if for no other reason than to visit vengeance on the men who betrayed him. View all 10 comments. Jan 10, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , adventure , ebook , read , published , movie-tie-in , saw-the-movie. Relieved Stars This 3. View all 24 comments.
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My boyfriend was completely brilliant in this film. So I'm bumping this up on the list because I want more. View all 6 comments. Feb 13, Heidi The Reader rated it really liked it Shelves: book-to-screen , first-reads-giveaway , fiction. The Revenant is a fictional tale based on the real life account of Hugh Glass, a trapper who was attacked by a grizzly bear and then left for dead by the men who had been left to care for him.
This story is so gripping. From the explosive opening moments until the very last page, the reader is practically swept up into the action. Not only are the men in The Revenant struggling with each other, but Nature herself has a huge role in this survival tale. If the characters aren't freezing, they're starvi The Revenant is a fictional tale based on the real life account of Hugh Glass, a trapper who was attacked by a grizzly bear and then left for dead by the men who had been left to care for him.
If the characters aren't freezing, they're starving or looking for a safe place to sleep. This is a particularly excellent read for a cold winter night with a cup of something hot to drink near your elbow.
This would have been a five star read except for the ridiculously unsatisfying conclusion. I realize that it is a morality play the whole time, but with all the action and nail-biting tension, it doesn't "feel" like one until the ending- which I won't ruin for you, except to say that it was very lame.
My husband read a version of this story called Lord Grizzly when he was in college so, while I was into this one, we were comparing notes on the differences between the two works. Although varying in small details, the major arcs were the same. I felt as if The Revenant did a better job of building the tension than Lord Grizzly but we both agreed that the ending to the story in both books was a let-down. Though not based on a true story, it shares the traveling-through-the-wilderness feel and tension of this book.
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. FTC guidelines: check! View all 8 comments. Jan 11, Justin rated it really liked it. So the book kicks off with Leonardo DiCaprio getting mauled by a bear so that alone may be enough for you to wanna read this book. Actually, it's Hugh Glass who will be portrayed at the local drive-in cineplex moving picture show this week by D-Cap himself who gets stone cold stunnered outta nowhere by the bear.
The bear attack will be in the movie. It's crucial to the story. Don't mess around with bears, man. Did I expect to really enjoy a book set in the early s about fur traders wandering So the book kicks off with Leonardo DiCaprio getting mauled by a bear so that alone may be enough for you to wanna read this book. Did I expect to really enjoy a book set in the early s about fur traders wandering around trading fur and shooting guns and whatnot? No, I absolutely did not. In fact, I checked this out from the library because I knew about the movie, and then I let it sit around for a month or so before I picked it up.
But, I'll be damned if this ain't one hell of an adventure! Punke is it Punk, Punky, Pun-Kay The settings be describes, the characters he develops, the dialogue He grabbed me by the neck and flung me back two hundred years ago like you would throw a Hot Pocket that you cooked too long in the microwave but didn't realize it until you bit into it and all the hot goo inside leaked out and burned your mouth. In short, the guy did his homework. And this stuff really happened?! Oh my God! Are you kidding me?! Punke, whatever. That's unreal.
I'm not usually a fan of this genre, but I loved the book and I'm excited for the movie.
It gets a little too descriptive and slows down just a little at times, but it's a great manly adventure story of survival and revenge. Great way to kick off the year! Seriously, stay away from bears. View all 13 comments. Jan 20, Kelly and the Book Boar marked it as to-read Shelves: or-just-watch-the-movie. Because some things are too funny to keep to myself.
View all 4 comments. This is a dark and gruesome tale of the wild mountain west and the treacherous planes. The key story here is of survival and revenge, tragic heroes and scoundrels, Mountain Men and Natives, truth and fiction. I am glad that they made a movie of this book, because I am not sure my attention would not have been drawn to it without the hype.
I recommend this book, but only to the strong of stomach! Jan 12, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: stand-alone-novel , historical-fiction , listened-to-audiobook , male-pov , book-to-screen , disaster-survival , read The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge is a historical fiction novel themed with survival and of course, revenge.
The author Michael Punke incorporated some pretty raw scenes in this story that kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat. There was a parallel and secondary non-wilderness story that I was less than enthusiastic about but all parts were important for the historical component and created a well-rounded tale. After some research about the nonfictional 19th century main character Hugh Glass, I found that Mr.
Punk The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge is a historical fiction novel themed with survival and of course, revenge. Punke put his own spin on certain aspects of his documented story.
After reading the real-life ending to Hugh Glass's angry journey, I don't blame Mr. Punke for writing some of his own details for readers. However, Hollywood's adaptation is another story. The film may have been inspired by Mr. Punke's novel but it varies significantly in many areas.
I enjoyed The Revenant and am glad I read it. As always, I appreciate it when a work of "fiction" leads me to learn more about the real-life journeys of those who came before us. My favorite quote: "He stopped, awestruck. Fusing heaven to earth, the Big Horn Mountains stood before him. A few clouds swirled around the highest peaks, furthering the illusion of a wall reaching forever upward.
His eyes watered from the glare of the sun against snow, but he could not look away His awe of the mountains grew in the days that followed, as the Yellowstone River led him nearer and nearer. Their great mass was a marker, a benchmark fixed against time itself. Others might feel disquiet at the notion of something so much larger than themselves.
But for Glass, there was a sense of sacrament that flowed from the mountains like a font, an immortality that made his quotidian pains seem inconsequential. His political positions unfortunately prevent him from talking to reporters which has kept him out of the Hollywood spotlight in terms of his novel's success. Who knows, maybe he likes it that way. For an online article that discusses Mr. Punke in further detail, click HERE. View 1 comment. Dec 12, Dianne rated it liked it. This book of frontier justice is based on a true story and the movie is based on the book I can tell you there are at least 2 major differences between the book and the movie, and they're mighty big ones.
I read this because I always like to read the book before I see the movie, so mission accomplished. The book was difficult to stick with but finally picked up in the second half. I'll report back after I This book of frontier justice is based on a true story and the movie is based on the book I'll report back after I see the movie on which I think was better - it's usually the book, but this time I'm betting on the movie.
The book is good, but not as good as I'd hoped for. The kernel of the story is the same but it has been embellished for dramatic impact and the ending has changed. I feel the same way about the movie that I did about the book - a 3. Good performances and beautiful scenery, but didn't love it. Oct 03, J. Grice rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction. I need to add some comments here. Don't even get me started on the movie version. Anyway, I posted a long review of this book on Amazon before I joined Goodreads.
You can find my thoughts there if you want to investigate. Suffice it to say that I thought Punke's book was outstanding! View all 7 comments. Mar 04, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , western. I never had any real interest in reading this book, being already familiar with the story of Hugh Glass.