The Bear

The Bear

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"In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last two left. But when the girl suddenly finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness, which offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen. A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature's dominion"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bellevue Literary Press, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781942658702
Characteristics: 221 pages ;,19 cm

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ArapahoeKati May 11, 2020

I was really appreciating "The Road" vibes and the survival aspects of the story, but the bear and that storyline in the second half of the novel didn't work for me.

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laphampeak
Mar 22, 2020

Life full circle. A girl and her father are the last of civilization. After loosing her father she wanders alone with the help of the forest and its animal inhabitants (with language, of course).
The beauty of the story lies in the ability of surviving with and by nature alone, respecting the give and take and wisdom it offers unencumbered by the trappings of what was before.

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Katie_Dublin
Feb 11, 2020

Beautifully written. I loved the first half, but was a little worried when she started conversing with a bear. Somehow, the author makes it work.

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