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Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Revenant by Michael Punke

It was a few weeks before the Academy Awards show that Barb and I went to see the highly touted movie The Revenant starring Leonardo Dicaprio. I followed that up with a review post here on   Sunday, January 17, 2016.  I found the cinematography fabulous, the mostly true story interesting and the main characters lacking depth, especially the Oscar winning stars portrayal. Naturally  reading the book was the only way to find out of the impasse...

 
I suppose it was reading Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo as a youth that first peeked my interest in stories  of this genre. The Revenant by Michael Punke is a thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out, crawling at first, across hundreds of miles of uncharted American frontier. Based on a true story, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution. The movie was fun. The books depth even better...
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16 comments:

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello,

Very interesting commentary on the book. I hope I will get an opportunity to read this book. The movie was spectacular but as you said it doesn't have the depth of the book.

Best wishes

Anvilcloud said...

It was probably rivetting, but my interest isn't great based on subject matter.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I woodcarve with two Mountain Men re-enactors. They said there were flaws in the movie, like being able to fire a rifle after dragging it through the snow and getting the powder wet. I was not surprieed that the book is better than the movie:)

Carla from The River said...

I have not read the book or did I see the movie. I heard Wisconsin is in the story ? :-)
I do plan to read the book...maybe watch the movie.
Thank you for the review.
Carla

Sue said...

I think I found another book to add to the Library list--sounds fascinating.

Valerie said...

I think a book is able to tell more of a story than film.
My Joe would have loved this book.

Arkansas Patti said...

Thanks for the review of the book and previously the movie. Think you now have me leaning towards the book. I will put myself in line at the library.

Out on the prairie said...

Guess i need to read this book, haven't been to the movie.it is a genre I enjoy reading

Lin said...

The book is always better. I may just skip the movie.

Barrie said...

I think I may be one of the few people around who hasn't seen this movie. One of my sons saw it. He really like it, but thought I wouldn't. I can't remember why now. I think I should start with the book. Thank you for reviewing, Ray!

Sarah Laurence said...

I hadn't realized the movie was based on a book or that the story was true. You've made me want to read the book before seeing the movie. Great review!

Cloudbuster said...

I hadn't realized the movie was based on a book, either. What a great adventure story! Thanks for the review.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I enjoyed the movie but understand there are significant changes from the book. Not sure I want to revisit a painful story but I bet I should.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I always find a book has more depth than is possible in a hollywood flick! Glad you reviewed it!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Ellen Booraem said...

Thanks for this--glad to hear that the book didn't disappoint.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Thanks for the contrast between movie and book. So often, the books is better, isn't it? More depth.