Winner of 3 OSCARS including BEST DIRECTOR and BEST ACTOR
Winner of 5 BAFTAS including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film
Winner of the 2016 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actor – Drama, and Best Director
The novel that inspired the epic new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
Hugh Glass isn’t afraid to die. He’s done it once already.
Rocky Mountains, 1823
The trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is one of the most respected men in the company, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker.
But when a scouting mission puts Glass face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two men from the company are ordered to remain with him until his inevitable death. But, fearing an imminent attack, they abandon Glass, stripping him of his prized rifle and hatchet.
As Glass watches the men flee, he is driven to survive by one all-consuming desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, he sets out on a three-thousand-mile journey across the harsh American frontier, to seek revenge on the men who betrayed him.
The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
It seems that I am doing a run of books that have been made into films at the moment and to be honest this is a pearler. I saw the film first with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy playing leading roles. I was glad that I had seen the film first as I couldn’t have conjured such scenery in my mind or the bear attack and its savagery. Do read the book but watch the film first if you get a chance.
Set in 1823 it follows the lives of a small group of men who are trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. The conditions are brutal, the weather extreme and the men as tough as any you will ever read about. The area is deep in Indian country so the men are out surveying the area to ensure it is safe to hunt, Hugh Glass accidentally comes in between a mother and her cubs he only has time to get off one shot before the mother bear pins him to the ground savagely clawing and biting him until the bullet finally does its job.
When Glass is found he is one mass of shredded flesh. His scalp hanging from his head and his throat ripped open leaving a gapping windpipe, and his back with claws that have reached his bones. His boss stitches him up the best he can but they are all sure he won’t survive. Two of the men are left behind to make him comfortable and bury him when he is dead but impatience has one of them tell the other he has died, taking his gun and hatchet with them. Glass watches them leave, unable to call out.
Over the next couple of days he rests then begins to drag himself three thousand miles to find the men the abandoned him to die. This is one epic read.
To say that this book is less than 300 pages it carries one hell of a story of endurance, quick thinking and a man powered by revenge. Glass encounters Indians, hunger and infection but never gives up.
The amazing thing about this story is that it really happened. This is a true story. I was bowled over with it all. A magnificent book and a magnificent film!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Punke is a writer, novelist, professor, policy analyst, policy consultant, attorney and currently the Deputy United States Trade Representative and US Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He is best known for writing The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge (2002), which was adapted into film as The Revenant (2015), directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, with a screenplay by Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.