Brian's Return

Gary Paulsen, Author Delacorte Press $15.95 (128p) ISBN 978-0-385-32500-4
The appearance of yet another sequel to Hatchet may raise a few eyebrows, but Paulsen delivers a vigorous, stirring story that stands on its own merits. Whereas the previous continuations, The River and Brian's Winter, essentially offer more of the same survivalist thrills that have made Hatchet so popular, this novel goes further, posing a more profound question: How does someone go from living on the edge to polite membership in ordinary society? (Paulsen addresses the same theme, albeit more grimly, in his Civil War novel Soldier's Heart.) Here, Brian has returned to his mother's house and can barely reconcile the seemingly arbitrary demands of high school with the life-or-death challenges he surmounted during his months alone in the wilderness. With the aid of a counselor, Brian formulates what had been an almost instinctual, unacknowledged plan to revisit the bush, and this solo trip, not his interlude with his mother, marks the true ""return"" of the title. The few cliff-hangers are almost beside the point: the great adventure here is the embrace of the wild, the knowledge of life at its most elemental. Aside from its occasional use of YA conventions (e.g., the preternaturally sensitive counselor; jejune rhapsodies over the relevance of Shakespeare), this work is bold, confident and persuasive, its transcendental themes powerfully seductive. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/11/1999
Release date: 01/01/1999
Show other formats
FORMATS
Hardcover - 127 pages - 978-0-7862-3046-4
Mass Market Paperbound - 128 pages - 978-0-440-41379-0
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-8072-0446-7
Library Binding - 115 pages - 978-0-385-90223-6
Prebound-Sewn - 115 pages - 978-0-7569-0470-8
Compact Disc - 978-0-307-58293-5
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-21086-7
Prebound-Glued - 115 pages - 978-0-613-33796-0
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-00989-9
Open Ebook - 144 pages - 978-0-307-43319-0
Book - 1 pages - 978-0-7393-5985-3
Compact Disc - 978-0-7393-5131-4
Paperback - 115 pages - 978-0-307-92960-0
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.