LJ Best Books 2017

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The Revenant by Michael Punke | LJ Review

914rlti5WML[1]Punke, Michael. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge. Picador. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781250066626. $26; pap. ISBN9781250101198. $16;  ebk. ISBN 9781250066633. F
The American West of the 1820s is a harsh and unforgiving place, something that experienced trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass knows all too well. After narrowly surviving an attack by a grizzly bear, Glass is robbed and abandoned by the two men in his company who were charged with watching over him. Left defenseless with life-threatening injuries, Glass channels his need for revenge into a will to live. He survives on his rage, along with his knowledge of edible plants, ingenuity, and a good sense of geography in a largely unmapped land. He encounters trappers, troops, trading-post owners, explorers, and Native Americans, both friendly and antagonistic. Punke, the author of several nonfiction titles (Fire and Brimstone; Last Stand), delivers a gripping and hard-edged tale of survival, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption in his debut novel, first published in 2002 by Carroll & Graf. This volume is a new movie tie-in version. Loosely based on true events, Glass’s harrowing journey will keep readers engaged throughout. VERDICT A must-read for fans of Westerns and frontier fiction and recommended for anyone interested in stories that test the limit of how much the human body and spirit can endure. [See Prepub Alert, 9/8/14; a film adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy will be released in December 2015.—Ed.].—Sarah Cohn, Manhattan Coll. Lib., Bronx, NY

This review was published in  Library Journal‘s December 1,  2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35 percent off the regular subscription rate.