Monday, June 17, 2013
A private telescope
Title: Wilderness: a novel
By: Lance Weller
Some might say this book was about the Civil War, but I think that would give the wrong impression. The Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia is only part of this account that spans 1864 to 1965 through several characters’ stories. The author skillfully traces a few human connections between very different people, leading to a life saved, a life lost. There are some harsh, difficult scenes between characters, contrasting with beautiful descriptions of wild lands in the Pacific Northwest. Wilderness is celebrated, and human ugliness and merit are exposed. It’s as if we have a private telescope focused on the particular moments the author selected for us to witness.
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