The Revenant by Michael Punke

The Revenant by Michael Punke

The Revenant by Michael Punke is a thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the backdrop of the nineteenth-century American frontier. The novel is based on the astonishing true story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass. Set in 1823, the story follows the brutal life of the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company.

The novel begins with a flash-forward to the moment when Hugh Glass is left to die near the Missouri River. It then flashes back to show how Glass joined the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, was horrifically mauled by a grizzly bear, and abandoned by two men who were supposed to stay with him until he passed. Glass survives and swears vengeance on the men who shirked their duty and stole his gear, including his prized rifle.

Throughout the novel, Glass’s quest for vengeance fuels the narrative, as he encounters other frontiersmen, hostile and friendly Native Americans, and battles the elements. The main themes of the book include the strength of the human spirit, the futility of revenge, spiritual rebirth, everlasting love, betrayal, racism, and the importance of friendship and connection in a vast, cold world.

However, some readers may find the conclusion of the novel unsatisfying, as it does not provide a complete resolution to Glass’s quest for revenge. Despite this, The Revenant remains a gripping and compelling read that showcases the determination and willpower of its protagonist.

What I Liked

I love the setting. The frontier in early America is fascinating to me. The details of daily living and surviving are incredible.

What I Did Not Like

This was one of those rare books that work better as a movie. Also, the plot doesn’t really end. It just sort of stops. I know this is because it’s a true story and life never has a tidy ending, but still.

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