The Revenant

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Basic Information

Author: Michael Punke

Published: 2002

Genre: Non-fiction

This is a story about Hugh Glass, a fur trapper in the early 1800's that was mauled by a bear and left for dead, and his journey to revenge.

“Though no law was written, there was a crude rule of law, adherence to a covenant that transcended their selfish interests. It was biblical in its depth, and its importance grew with each step into wilderness. When the need arose, a man extended a helping hand to his friends, to his partners, to strangers. In so doing, each knew that his own survival might one day depend upon the reaching grasp of another.”

My Opinion

The story that unfolds throughout this book is quite remarkable. I couldn't fathom being mauled by a bear and stranded in the middle of the forest, hundreds of miles away from the nearest fort. I could think of many times where my spirit would have been crushed and I would have given up. My interest in the story made this a page turner for me. It was easy to read and i enjoyed reading it as well.
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“And if Glass believed in a god, surely it resided in this great western expanse. Not a physical presence, but an idea, something beyond man’s ability to comprehend, something larger.”

Relationship with Our Class

This book gives us a look at the untouched, raw environment of our Earth. Hugh Glass was left with absolutely nothing other than clothes to survive with his mangled body to survive the harsh winter. Even though we have just begun studying Earth science, I believe we will be talking about climate and nature at some point in the class. This book is a great insight on the extreme circumstances we could face in the real world, without out the comforts we find in our homes and town.