So...if not eating the mother, what was the bear doing while the father had time to run and get the kids and put them in the cooler? February 22, 2020 at 10:28 am I’m getting a The Road vibe from your description, a book that was super depressing but beautifully written. I should note that I’m also unfamiliar with this publisher, but am more curious about them as this is my first book read by this publisher, I do believe. Wit, imagination, and a bit of the impossible combine with chilly shades of icy blue and stormy gray for an elegant beauty of a book. Although it is very ambitious to tell a full story through the eyes of a 5 year old, it is also very risky. 1 Party School Check out these selections through Chesapeake Public Library’s new website chesapeakelibrary.org. Refresh and try again. Its use of paired family members traveling a challenged landscape might remind readers of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,“ though the path they follow has a life of its own. by It sounds like a neat atmosphere, though, and I might pick it up when I’m in the mood for something of this sort. I hated this book, although to be fair I hate all books narrated by children (and I am including "The Room" in that category as well, although at least in that book, there were other voices to temper it a bit). She waits for her parents to come, as they always have. Although it is very ambitious to tell a full story through the eyes of a 5 year old, it is also very risky. Two award it 5 stars, the other two give it just 1 star. We’re not entirely sure why it is that an unnamed man and his unnamed daughter are an endangered species, but we do know, after the man dies, that the animals call her “the last one.” Before his demise, the man teaches his daughter how to hunt, make snowshoes and arrows, comprehend the ways of the trees and the seasons in their mountain stronghold; they read “poetry from poets with strange names like Homer and Virgil, Hilda Doolittle and Wendell Berry, poems about gods and men and the wars between them, the beauty of small things, and peace,” and they talk night and day about the things that matter. There is Henry James style gets in the way of the narrative, and then there is this book. I only choose books I know I'm going to enjoy. While some readers complained that the narrative was too complex for a five year old I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to read a book by a real five year old. A moving post-apocalyptic fable for grown-ups. View all posts by passmethatbook. “And Stick laughs and laughs like when it’s really funny and he starts to walk around and his head rolls because it is so funny and his eyes are tearing but not tears like he is sad. by We’re glad you found a book that interests you! Series: Standalone Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That’s probably a fair comparison! I don’t blame you! It is important to say that although the point-of-view of The Bear is a five-year old girl, Anna, the voice is not like Emma Donoghue’s Jack in Room. Hampton Roads winter forecast: Don’t count on a lot of snow, officials say. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. If you like stream of consciousness from a five-year-old, you'll love it. It’s unlikely that I’d ever pick this up to read again. This is from an author I’ve never even heard of before, but rest assured I’m definitely invested in this author now. & Sarah. ©Copyright Sandra Danby 2018 | Website by Nicky Stephen Marketing. Full disclosure: I don't like books that are narrated by children. Juneau the grizzly bear cub at the Palm Beach Zoo on Dec. 17, 2015. The book, at certain points, had me shaking with anxiety. Anna and her brother Alex (known as Stick because of his ever present sticky hands) are used to canoeing, camping and hiking with their parents, so when Anna hears strange noises and her parents frightened yelling, she knows something is wrong. Villoso, Month in Review: February 2020 | Hamlets & Hyperspace. "A big black dog"? RELEASE DATE: Aug. 26, 1946. Did not buy into the 5 yr old narrator, her voice worked my nerves over. Please sign up here to opt in to our emailing lists. Like Donoghue’s 2010 Booker nominated book Cameron’s tale is told by a young child, about 5 or 6 years old, and it’s told in first person present tense. He has been a library manager for 14 years with Chesapeake Public Library, and plans to enjoy reading far into the future. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I don’t think it was my cup of tea in the end either. I've held off reviewing this for a few days to get a little distance. Is he friendly? The Bear feels like a fable rather than a book. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The last half of the novel is hastily and rather sloppily concluded which is a shame given how interesting a more thoughtful retrospective could have been. About the fictional character. February 22, 2020 at 10:30 am At the time of writing, there are 4 reviews of this book on Amazon. Does the fact that Father and Girl have no actual names get annoying? Bennett is deeply engaged in the unknowability of other people and the scourge of colorism. Try it in one sitting. Both books are narrated by 5 year olds, but I found the boy's voice in The Room much more believable, and which kept me interested and the story moving along at a good pace. Categories: I loved The Road but I found the ending inevitable and sad and then I worried about one of the characters long after I finished reading it. The story focuses primarily on the daughter, and how she grows up to become a strong, independent woman…alone in the entire world. There’s a redistricting question on Virginia’s ballot. Change ). This book will be talked about come 2014. I will let her explain that to you, but I will just say that I think it completely fits, EXCEPT that the father GOT HIS LEG RIPPED OFF and you just can't get around that. They share their abode with a cat who senses a universe not unlike our own, and a puppy who has yet to discern that which is edible. I’m so glad that I decided to ask for the arc of this on Netgalley. And now I'm not quite sure when I'll be emotionally prepared take my son camping for fear of bears or dingoes or anything else. I want to read her first book (hopefully not written from the point of view of a child). The old faithful followers find themselves no better off for food and work than they were when man ruled them, learn their final disgrace when they see Napoleon and Squealer carousing with their enemies... A basic statement of the evils of dictatorship in that it not only corrupts the leaders, but deadens the intelligence and awareness of those led so that tyranny is inevitable. We will send you news and information about future books. Like I kept thinking- well maybe they got off world and live out in space and the only people left are the ones who chose not to go… but it’s not commented on so it just felt really lonely. this was the perfect book to read directly after. The two books are completely different in tone, the children are very different. Here’s what it’s all about. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Powerful, unsettling at times; I needed to break from reading. Because of the narrator’s, Anna, lack of understanding and vocabulary at times the action was painfully drawn out and sometimes vague even in this short novel. You have the opportunity to unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails. Brit Bennett Claire Cameron knows the forest where The Bear is set, and it shows. Napoleon trains the young puppies to be his guards, dickers with humans, gradually instigates a reign of terror, and breaks the final commandment against any animal walking on two legs. Though I appreciate the novelty of this approach and recognize the skill it takes to accomplish such a feat in “The Bear” it came across as self conscious. Stick is hungry; he has a dirty nappy and she doesn’t know when her parents will come to take them home. So...I finished The Bear a few days ago, and I'm STILL not sure whether I liked it or not. Given all the facts of what investigators gathered- there was never ever any ‘clear’ reason to explain why the couple ‘was’ attacked —. That’s small comfort to some humans, no doubt, but it makes for a splendid thought exercise and a lovely fable-cum-novel. Her manner of speaking, describing her dreams, fantasies, the horrors in her flight with her young brother failed to convince me. We’d love your help. I’m getting a The Road vibe from your description, a book that was super depressing but beautifully written. LITERARY FICTION Had it been written in an adult voice, this book would have been amazing. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. ( Log Out / Slightly over 200 pages, “The Bear” is just the right size to enjoy in an afternoon and keep Sunday chores at bay. As others mentioned the moose. Execution doesn't quite live up to conceptualization in this novel. I am currently accepting ARCs in the genres: Science Fiction, YA, Fantasy, Romance, Historical, and Mystery. GENERAL FICTION, by I think I would have been okay if there was an added mention of what happened to all the people? And then...it was daylight. Like Donoghue’s 2010 Booker nominated book Cameron’s tale is told by a young child, about 5 or 6 years old, and it’s told in first person present tense. This journey into speculative fiction travels to Earth’s future. Each book in the ‘Identity Detective’ series considers the viewpoint of one person trapped in this horrible dilemma. The story is interlaced with Anna’s memories of ‘being four’, of trying to do as her mother has taught her. Simon counts seven miracles before his rescue becomes the eighth -- echoing the eight nights of Hanukkah. I’m getting The Road vibe, also. Rose Haldane, journalist and identity detective, reunites the people lost through adoption.