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Hatchet Paperback – December 26, 2006
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About the Author
Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He has written over 100 books for adults and young readers. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.
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The book I read was called Hatchet, it was written by Gary Paulsen. The genre of the book is fiction. The theme of Hatchet to me is that when you fail there is no reason to never give up and always keep trying because help will one day come.
Hatchet made me feel many ways towards the book and life. The book made me feel upset and frustrated when he kept failing over and over again. When he was trying to make a fire, get wood, or food there was always a struggle. When he succeed at doing those things the mood of the book changed, but every time when he succeed something bad would happen or there would be a new obstacle for him to overcome. The book taught me to overcome obstacles and never give up on a situation or problem and to always fight till the end.
Bryan, the main character, is going out to visit his father out in the Canadian wilderness because his parents got a divorce. Bryan was thinking it was going to a fun summer with him until something goes wrong on his flight to meet his dad. Bryan has to try and fight to stay alive with only a hatchet from his mother until help can arrive to save him. Bryan battles the weather, hunger, and bugs until he can be rescued.
Throughout the book I loved and hated some of the points or things that happened. I loved how the author portrayed Bryan as a fighter and not a quitter when times got tough. One thing I didn’t like very much is how every time Bryan did something good there was always another problem for him to figure out or overcome. Also though sometimes throughout the book when he did something he was rewarded in a way because Bryan was healthy and had good times. I enjoyed when the author said some postive quotes about learning from your mistakes.
The author seems to have written almost like a how to book because the author goes into detail on everything Bryan does. The author explains and teaches us how Bryan made his fire, drive the plane, how he fished and made his bow and arrows, how he made his shelter, and how he collected and cooked food. To me I like how the author has Bryan show us with his actions and his thoughts to really think situations through. The moral of the story seems to be not matter what life throws at you there is always a positive side to look at and to never doubt yourself.
The story is written in third person or limited omniscient. Limited omniscient is where a narrator tells the story but knows the thoughts and feelings of only one character. This book takes place in a time like today where there is still lots of untamed wilderness. The culture of the book or like a theme is that man and nature can live peacefully together and shows how beautiful if can be and how harsh at times.
I feel like Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is worth your time to read it, especially if you love nature and survival situations. I really enjoyed the book because being outdoors and learning how to live off the land is something that interests me. The book also has very many lessons that need to be learned in life.
Feeling nostalgic, I decided to go ahead and pick this up to re-read it after all these years. It holds up decently as an adult but you really notice it's flaws.
My main complaint is that it ends so abruptly. I don't remember that, but the end of the books feels really rushed, like the author said, "Whoops, I'm going on too long here," and decided to wrap it up quickly. Not so noticeable as a young kid with a short attention span but pretty jarring when an adult. Still, this book was made for kids so it's excusable.
It's never failed to remind me to take a moment and really look around at the life that's around us.