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Wilderness by [Weller, Lance]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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What's most gorgeous here is the language, Weller's descriptions of the natural world, the changing emotional terrain within his characters, and violence. The author seems to be reminding us that the Wilderness remains both without and within. A remarkable debut, deeply affecting and heartfelt (Gil Adamson, author of The Outlander)

Epic ...There is much to savour in this big, bold debut, including Weller's splendid descriptions of wildlife encountered in the trek ...This is a novel in which history's sound and fury is drowned out at last by the silence of the wilderness (Financial Times)

This portrait of a life is built up masterfully by Weller, in his debut novel, into a compassionate tale ... There is lots of great, descriptive landscape writing here, and all the flashbacks to the war are rendered in just as much evocative detail. It's a beautiful novel, resplendent in ornate, flowing prose (Herald)

An American Civil War epic for fans of Cold Mountain ... Traumatising, character-driven and written with serious literary intent (We Love This Book)

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Epic, heartbreaking and poetic, Wilderness is the story of the origins of a nation. It is a tale of a horrific war and the great evil it ended, of the kindness of strangers and the unbreakable bonds of memory and love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BJ3QVW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #470,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This novel did not live up its promise. The idea was good and the storyline rich with potential, with the main characters subtly conceived and believable. However it fell short in several areas. The storylines relating to several of the subsidiary characters petered out and the reader was left unfulfilled as to their ultimate fate. It seemed that the writer discarded them when they served their purpose as far as he, not the reader, was concerned and, as he'd conceived them, that was his prerogative. However, when these sequences with the minor characters fizzled out, I was left wondering why the writer had bothered with any development of them - in some cases, why they'd been included at all.

Whilst reading this novel I found myself wondering who the book was written for and a recurring answer was the novelist seemed to be writing for himself. I can't help feeling that he lost sight of the fact that he was writing for a prospective readership.

The elements and nature itself manifested themselves as a characters; nothing wrong with that - think of King Lear - Mr. Weller, however indulged himself to the point where it seemed that he couldn't stop himself describing the aforesaid elements and aspects of nature in an admittedly lyrical yet also fulsome way - to the detriment of the plot. And this, in my opinion, is a major fault with this novel. Elmore Leonard said of writing of the weather "... you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. Try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip." Also, the novelist didn't seem to grasp the concept of 'less is more' and he has evidently never read what Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch advised, "Murder Your Darlings", in this case the "darlings" being Mr.
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I felt bereft when I finished this beautifully written tale of a reclusive veteran of the American Civil War. It may be poetic but it pulls no punches in describing the horrors and waste of war, visited in chapters looking to the past and interspersed with chapters following the dangers and trials of the present life of this lonely old man. Ultimately there is redemption in the kindness of strangers, the love of a faithful dog. One of the best novels I have read for a while, its characters haunt me still.
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Vividly descriptive witness to the civil war's brutality and a journey through America in its formative years. If you want to feel the call of the wild - its right here. Exceptional book.
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