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The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

 
 
Author
Michael Punke.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.35 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781250101198
Pages/Publication Date 262/2015
Daedalus Item Code 69090
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The inspiration for the 2015 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio—which earned a dozen Oscar nominations and won Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture (Drama), Best Director, and Best Actor (Drama)—Michael Punke's thrilling 2002 novel is the story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. In 1823 he is mauled by a grizzly and not expected to survive, but when the two men tasked to stay with Glass take his possessions and abandon him, Glass rallies and begins a 3,000-mile trek to find them.

"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 Bridger, 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."—Publishers Weekly

 
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