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The Wilding: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 28, 2010
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Commonly, we understand frontier times (and consequently the literature of that time) to be about (white) human beings conquering the land and conquering those (man and beast) who inhabit the land. THE WILDING has a kinship to the frontier--an exploration of the American far West, a land both mountainous and arid, where old-growth forest meets high desert. A wild place that many people have not visited and yet it is now on the fringe of expansion as more and more towns, like Bend, push beyond their boundaries into the wild.
Within The Wilding, there is a family in crisis--generations of fathers and sons and a fractured and fragile shell of a marriage--and there is a man in crisis--the creepily and yet not unfeeling drawn war vet, Brian. There is also a landscape in crisis--a once wild place about to be developed. Any one of these three would make the great basis for a novel but all three of them together, set this novel on fire. I typically read before bed but there were times that I was so on edge with reading this book that I had to put it down and pick up another so that I can make sure I would sleep. It got under my skin.Read more ›
In prose as clear and fast flowing as a mountain stream, Percy tells the story of five people. There's Justin, an English teacher who has reached a point where his life is perfectly ordered. His wife, Karen, is still recovering emotionally from a miscarriage and is resentful of her husband's passivity. Their son, Graham, is a studious boy who prefers books to BB guns. Rounding out the cast of characters is Paul, Justin's father, a blustering builder of homes who has never understood where the line is between loving his son and bullying him, and Brian, a survivor of a IED in Iraq who returned home with head injury, whose chance encounter with Karen sets him on a dangerous path of obsession.
Set in central Oregon, the story is a simple one: Justin, along with his father and son, go on one last hunting trip to a canyon set to be transformed in a golf course. Along the way they encounter a local backwoodsman who resents the intrusion of outsiders and outside ideas into his territory. There's also a grizzly bear that remains unseen through most of the book, though his presence is keenly felt by the hunters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Wilding is a riveting story of fatherhood, coming of age, and what it means to be a man. In an attempt at male bonding Paul, a quintessential man's man insists his lackluster... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Prescott
I came to Percy's novel by way of his short story collection Refresh, Refresh which is quite honestly one of the best I've read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carlos G. Anderson
Read everything from this guy you can get your hands on .there's not much yet, but I look forward to this guy's writing futurePublished 14 months ago by W. A. Franklin
book was just ok compared to Percy's book RED MOON. it was a much better read and kept me interestedPublished 15 months ago by brian sanderson
I absolutely loved this novel by Benjamin Percy. While the story kept my attention throughout ensuring I kept turning the pages, the deeper exploration of the relationships of... Read morePublished on August 15, 2014 by Amazon Customer
As a fan of Percy's writing, I was looking forward to this novel, but it takes on a different path from his other work. This book is too dark. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Dianna Vagianos Armentrout
I had read an article about Mr. Percy in a literary magazine and this novel did not disappoint. I found the characters real and well-developed, even the Bear! Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Mr. B