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Wilderness - Lance Weller
Wilderness
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Thirty years after the Civil War's Battle of the Wilderness left him maimed, Abel Truman has found his way to the edge of the continent, the rugged, majestic coast of Washington State, where he lives alone in a driftwood shack with his beloved dog. Wilderness is the story of Abel, now an old and... show more
Thirty years after the Civil War's Battle of the Wilderness left him maimed, Abel Truman has found his way to the edge of the continent, the rugged, majestic coast of Washington State, where he lives alone in a driftwood shack with his beloved dog. Wilderness is the story of Abel, now an old and ailing man, and his heroic final journey over the snowbound Olympic Mountains. It's a quest he has little hope of completing but still must undertake to settle matters of the heart that predate even the horrors of the war. As Abel makes his way into the foothills, the violence he endures at the hands of two thugs who are after his dog is crosscut with his memories of the horrors of the war, the friends he lost, and the savagery he took part in and witnessed. And yet, darkness is cut by light, especially in the people who have touched his life-from Jane Dao-Ming Poole, the daughter of murdered Chinese immigrants, to Hypatia, an escaped slave who nursed him back to life, and finally to the unbearable memory of the wife and child he lost as a young man. Haunted by tragedy, loss, and unspeakable brutality, Abel has somehow managed to hold on to his humanity, finding way stations of kindness along his tortured and ultimately redemptive path. In its contrasts of light and dark, wild and tame, brutal and tender, and its attempts to reconcile a horrific war with the great evil it ended, Wilderness tells not only the moving tale of an unforgettable character, but a story about who we are as human beings, a people, and a nation. Lance Weller's immensely impressive debut immediately places him among our most talented writers.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781608199372 (1608199371)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
5.0 WILDERNESS BY LANCE WELLER
”The shack creaked softly with the wind while the tide hissed all along the dark and rocky shore. The moon glowed full from amidst the rain clouds, casting a hard light that slid like grease atop the water. The old man watched ivory curlers far to sea rise and subside noiselessly. Within the bounds ...
RedT Reads Randomly
RedT Reads Randomly rated it
4.0 Wilderness
So I have finished the ten page prologue. And it is beautiful. So beautiful.There is much to think about already in these few paragraphs. Jane is living in an assisted living facility and opportunities to interrelate with others are rare. Her main contact is with Michael, the nurse who makes the dai...
AmySea
AmySea rated it
Wilderness is a very literary piece of writing, and it often reminded me of other pieces of literature such as [b:The Red Badge of Courage|35220|The Red Badge of Courage|Stephen Crane|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327936136s/35220.jpg|2314709], [b:All Quiet on the Western Front|355697|All Quiet on t...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
2.0
This book, while the premise of the story is good and interesting, the writing was so incredibly dry, it was like pulling teeth to get it to keep my interest. I had to force myself to finish it in hopes of reviewing it for my blog. I have decided just to focus on GR for my review though.
Infinite Satellite
Infinite Satellite rated it
3.0
*Check out http://www.infinitereads.com for other reviews and sundry thoughts!* An old Civil War veteran's courageous struggle to rescue a faithful companion changes the lives of everyone he meets in Lance Weller's debut novel, Wilderness.In 1864, at the Battle of the Wilderness Abel Truman lost the...
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