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.
‘A spellbinding tale of heroism and obsessive retribution’ Publishers Weekly
‘A superb revenge story . . . Punke has added considerably to our understanding of human endurance and of the men who pushed west in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark – a significant feat’ Washington Post
About the author
Michael Punke serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also served on the White House National Security Council staff and on Capitol Hill. He was formerly the history correspondent for Montana Quarterly and an adjunct professor at the University of Montana. He is the author of Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917, and Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West. His family home is in Montana.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Beautiful and brutal in equal measure, this compulsive adventure story is based on the real-life adventures of American frontiersman Hugh Glass (played onscreen by Leonardo DiCaprio, in an Oscar®–winning role). Set in the unforgiving, icy wilderness of 19th-century South Dakota—where Glass is savagely mauled by a mother bear and abandoned on the brink of death—The Revenant had us reading at breakneck speed. Despite the book’s grisliness, we couldn’t tear our eyes away from Michael Punke’s sparse, unrelenting prose as the wounded Glass refuses to give up his fight for survival and revenge.
Based on a true incident of heroism in the history of the American West, this debut by a Washington, D.C., international trade attorney and former bureaucrat in the Clinton administration is an almost painfully gripping drama. A Philadelphia-born adventurer, frontiersman Hugh Glass goes to sea at age 16 and enjoys a charmed life, including several years under the flag of the pirate Jean Lafitte and almost a year as a prisoner of the Loup Pawnee Indians on the plains between the Platte and the Arkansas rivers. In 1822, at age 36, Glass escapes, finds his way to St. Louis and enters the employ of Capt. Andrew Henry, trapping along tributaries of the Missouri River. After surviving months of hardship and Indian attack, he falls victim to a grizzly bear. His throat nearly ripped out, scalp hanging loose and deep slashing wounds to his back, shoulder and thigh, Glass appears to be mortally wounded. Initially, Captain Henry refuses to abandon him and has him carried along the Grand River. Unfortunately, the terrain soon makes transporting Glass impossible. Even though his death seems certain, Henry details two men, a fugitive mercenary, John Fitzgerald, and young Jim Bridger (who lived to become a frontier hero) to stand watch and bury him. After several days, Fitzgerald sights hostile Indians. Taking Glass's rifle and tossing Bridger his knife, Fitzgerald flees with Bridget, leaving Glass. Enraged at being left alone and defenseless, Glass survives against all odds and embarks on a 3,000-mile-long vengeful pursuit of his ignominious betrayers. Told in simple expository language, this is a spellbinding tale of heroism and obsessive retribution.
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Excellent read, riveting from beginning to end, see if the film is as good as the book. Would certainly recommend reading I didn't want to put it down and read it every moment I had chance to.
Not as good as the film hype suggests.
I sincerely hope the movie eradicates some of the poor choices made by the author. Matter of fact prose, shallow characters and a weak plot can only be overcome with excellent acting and cinematography.