The River

The River This Is The Story Of Two College Friends On A Wilderness Canoe Trip A Gripping Tale Of A Friendship Tested By Fire, Whitewater, Starvation, And Brutality.Wynn And Jack Have Been Best Friends Since Freshman Orientation, Bonded By Their Shared Love Of Mountains, Books, And Fishing When They Decide To Canoe The Maskwa River In Northern Canada, They Anticipate Long Days Of Leisurely Paddles And Picking Blueberries, And Nights Of Stargazing And Paperback Western Novels But A Wildfire Making Its Way Across The Forest Adds Unexpected Urgency To The Journey When They Hear A Man And Woman Arguing On The Fog Shrouded Riverbank And Decide To Warn Them About The Fire, Their Search For The Pair Turns Up Nothing And No One But The Next Day A Man Appears On The River, Paddling Alone Is This The Man They Heard And If He Is, Where Is The Woman From This Charged Beginning, Master Storyteller Peter Heller, Unspools A Head Long, Heart Pounding Story Of Desperate Wilderness Survival. Holy F ity f ck 2 days and I couldn t put this one down.This story moves as fast as the white water rapids these 2 pals are portaging through Intense.Jack and Wynn are trekking through the Maskwa river in Northern Canada an enjoyable journey that turns into one of survival They encounter a forest fire, in which they are pacing themselves to the village they need to get to, Which is a 10 day trek at best and the flames are only 20 miles away Then they encounter a man who claims his wife has gone missing who Jack Wynn turn back to look for Two other chaps are loaded to the gills and prove to be untrustworthy along this river.Heller does a master
A little too slow building and descriptive for me There is some intense, suspenseful moments, but the detailed and somewhat repetitiveness stalled the flow of the story He even describes how fast they paddled the canoe 3mph , the various species of birds singing and the brand of sleeping bag they slept in I know this would be a plus for many, but I was ready for something to happen.This one was a favorite of many of my GR friends I like to try new to me author
Wynn and Jack meet at orientation, both sharing a love of literature, they become fast friends Wynn comes from Vermont, loves the water, Jack, raised on a ranch in Colorado Both boys have a keen sense of adventure and in the summer they decide to take a leisurely canoe trip down the Maskwa River in Canada They are than well provisioned, and the first part of their trip goes smoothly indeed.In this first part of the book the reader is treated to superb descriptions of scenery The descriptions are so visceral that I felt as if I was canoeing along, the book and the trip just flowing seamlessly along The pacing slow But then Jack smells smoke and the book takes a urgent turn Then something unexpected happens that puts the boys in even danger Now they are many days away from any village, and they haven t a sat phone As the boys urgency increases do does the book The pace picks up, and I just didn t want to put this down During our journey down the river I had come to know these boys, their strengths snd weaknesses very well I wanted them to survive the danger, survive the trip Yet, things keep getting in the way, and by then though these boys will be heroes, their will also be s great sadness I admire Heller, his range of subject matter, his tightness send believability of plot This book about friendship, starvation and survival has been done before, but not as well, and not with these two very special characters I can t wait to see what he does next But, wha
What a gripping, intense story Wynn and Jack are best friends, they met freshman year of college and bonded over their love of the outdoors and books They are on a wilderness canoe trip in Canada anticipating a grand time of fishing, paddling, stargazing, reading but things go
The River is a very engrossing and beautifully written outdoor adventure friendship tale that knocked my socks off Heller is an absolute master at capturing the fierce beauty and terrible majesty of the natural world His powerful descriptions of nature often took my breath away Here s a passage where he brings a monstrous beast of a forest fire to life Over the trees they could still see the wall of trees through smoke like fog the glow was a fierce and general radiance that pulsed with a redder breathing It was loud Whatever turbines roared were just beyond the trees and now and then they were cut by a sudden whoosh and pop, and then the terrible hissing squeal that Jack knew was a tree s sap, its lifeblood boiling and pressurized and squeezed through the very pores of the wood Jack and Wynn are best friends They have taken summer and fall terms off from Dartmouth University to enjoy some time in the outdoors Jack is the tough and pragmatic son of a Colorado rancher Wynn is big, gentle and kind hearted, a Vermont bo
FOUR STARS AUDIOThe River is for you, IF You are the outdoorsy backpacking hiking type Or live vicariously through books You love a modern adventure story with an old timey feel.You adore descriptions of nature.You go gaga over detailed lists of camping supplies NOT kidding You love a very literary writing style in above mentioned subjects So, I kinda meet the above requirements hello I live in Oregon by choice I plunged into this lovely, little, short book and was pleasantly hooked right away I had to take a star off, because the ending was so abrupt and I just didn t like it Also, I have to admit, if I had been reading instead of listening, I might have skimmed a few of those supply lists BU
I saw this audiobook on the shelf of my local library and decided to pick it up knowing that many GR friends had recently rated The River very highly.Adventure and survival stories are always of interest to me Unfortunately, The River did not live up to the others I have read The book is not intense or a thriller, but a slow burn It is of a character study of the 2 young men that are taking a journey down a river in northern Canada The book describes well the challenges they face and the testing of their friendship Heller s portrayal of nature and the wild is enjoyable, but a little overdone Sometimes an audiobook doesn t work and it s better to read rather than listen This wasn t the ca
The turning of a card that sent a life in one direction or another The slip of a single hoof on stone, the sound of two voices in the midst He believed in it as much as he believed in any other thing, like loyalty or hard work And sometimes the places that happenstance sent you weren t as vague as a direction, sometimes they were as steel cast and unforgiving as a set of rails Life is like that It nudges you down unexpected corridors and sets your feet upon the rocky surfaces of shifting circumstances Wynn and Jack felt the calling that day as they readied their gear for an adventure down rivers and past lakes in northern Canada Best friends since their freshman days at Dartmouth, they built an unshakeable bond even as polar opposites Wynn held fast to family as a Vermonter and saw goodness in spite of it all Jack, the son of a Colorado rancher, knew first hand the cruelty of Nature and focused on the reality of an unfair world.Peter Heller creates this wilderness journey with broad strokes of the lay of the land He surrounds us with full, lush views of the dense trees and wildlife along the Maskwa River His finite descr
The Hook Most readers have a list of favorite authors Peter Heller is one of mine I ve heard him speak a few times, the man and the writer a clash of thought for me I don t quite know how to explain this but if I had only met the man, I m not certain I would have read his books He down plays his core, a man who can cite poetry, appreciate fine art and describe nature with the best, often relying on humor rather than the revealing the attributes I mention In this recent BookPage Interview by Lauren Bufferd you will meet the man that intrigues me The Line In the saying nothing and in the hushed tones of the fire that was a hum of something persistent and barely registered, the twang of a bass guitar string long seconds after the last note was struck The Sinker In the interview above, Peter Heller describes The River as a story about two best friends in a canoe, a fire upwind, two shady dudes, leaving out an arguing couple, possibly husband and wife How do you get from this, an apt description, to the exquisite, taut, tense raging power and beauty that Heller br
They loved how the darkness amplified the sounds the gulp of the dipping paddles, the knock of the wood shaft against the gunwale The long desolate cry of a loon The loons especially How they hollowed out the night with longing These two young men who meet during the first days of college on the Dartmouth campus, Jack and Wynn, share a love of nature, fishing, water and the outdoors, camping as well as a shared love of poetry, and books A bond has been formed through these shared loves, but in other ways life has formed them into different people, so that their bond is even stronger Jack is a bit guarded, having experienced a traumatic event as a child, and less trusting and tends to err on the side of caution, whereas Wynn sees people as good, wanting to give them the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise They have begun a relaxing journey, canoeing on Canada s Maskwa River, with plans of camping, fishing and enjoying the outdoors They had been smelling smoke for two days They climb to the top of a knoll, knowing that the view would allow them to see into the distance At first they thought it was the sun, but it was far too late for any lingering sunset and there were no cities in that direction for a thousand miles

<Epub> ➞ The River  Author Peter Heller –
  • Hardcover
  • 253 pages
  • The River
  • Peter Heller
  • 15 August 2018
  • 9780525521877