The Revenant by Michael Punke


Rate: 3/5

 Medium: Book

 Overview (No Spoilers): A few weeks ago my husband, who hasn’t read a book since my second year graduate school examinations asked me to look up the novel, which inspired on the new Leonardo DiCaprio movie, The Revenant. Eager to encourage Luke to read anything, the book immediately was added to his Christmas list and in our post holiday recuperation we traded reading this fast paced novel until we finished it today. As I’m sure you can imagine, trading off reading had its challenges, with one party walking on egg shells with attempting to avoid spoiling anything all the while bursting at the seams to discuss the book. Nonetheless, we survived this precarious reading situation with surprising ease, with much credit given to my monstrous hangover New Years Eve. The book, despite being a quick read, was unexpectedly boring through large sections, while still maintaining a delightful quantity of detail throughout. The main protagonist, Hugh Glass, encounters many unbelievably trying and remarkable physical survival encounters. Punke does a wonderful job at the end of the book separating fact from legend from fictional inspiration. While we both enjoyed the book, it appears from the movie trailer that many additional fictional liberties were taken in the movie to add an additional layer and heighten the justification of revenge for Glass’s character. Overall, while entertaining the book was just ok, however we are eagerly anticipating next week’s release of the movie staring DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson.

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