How can a book be both fiction and non fiction you ask? Well, clearly, it doesn’t work, but I will get into that later. Let me just say… this was one of the worst books I have read in my life. Period. There were times when I debated finishing it at all. Ugh, it was awful. Do yourself a favor and never read it. But perhaps I should tell you the particulars.
This is supposedly the biography of a man named Hugh Glass who was captured by pirates and forced into servitude. He escaped only to be captured by the Pawnee and at the moment he is going to be killed, he is adopted as the chief’s son. Then he joins some trappers, gets attacked by a bear, is left for dead, recovers, gets attacked by some indians some more… blah blah blah on and on and on. Meyers spends the first pages of the book trying to make the case that Hugh Glass existed. Clearly, he didn’t sell me. The whole thing smacks of the bragging of a delusional mountain man. One or two of those events… I can buy but after he escapes death NUMEROUS times I have to call BS. None of it is or can be substantiated and Meyers is not a historian. Now let us discuss how poorly the book was written. It was so bad it was painful. Don’t believe me, here is a sample, “The first English-speaking white man to acquire legendary stature wholly in the West emerged from the sea in middle life, leaving his former years, and all that must have befallen a born adventurer in the course of them, blanketed in mist.” Now imagine 200 pages of that over florid tripe. It has hard to read.
I like biographies. I like historical books. Though the mountain man age isn’t my favorite (I generally take issue with the style of writing used to cover the mountain men) I can get through most anything. This book tested my stamina. I disliked it intensely.