The Raven's Gift

The Raven s Gift John Morgan and his wife can barely contain their excitement upon arriving as the new teachers in a Yup ik Eskimo village on the Alaskan tundra Lured north in search of adventure the couple hope to i
  • Title: The Raven's Gift
  • Author: Don Rearden
  • ISBN: 9780143173335
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Raven's Gift
    John Morgan and his wife can barely contain their excitement upon arriving as the new teachers in a Yup ik Eskimo village on the Alaskan tundra Lured north in search of adventure, the couple hope to immerse themselves in the ancient Arctic culture But their move proves disastrous when a deadly epidemic strikes and the isolated tundra community descends into total chaos.John Morgan and his wife can barely contain their excitement upon arriving as the new teachers in a Yup ik Eskimo village on the Alaskan tundra Lured north in search of adventure, the couple hope to immerse themselves in the ancient Arctic culture But their move proves disastrous when a deadly epidemic strikes and the isolated tundra community descends into total chaos When outside help fails to arrive, John s only hope lies in escaping His thousand mile trek across the Alaskan wilderness grows improbable when he encounters a blind Eskimo girl and an elderly woman The two need his protection from those who would harm them, and he needs their knowledge of the terrain and their companionship to survive The harsh journey and constant danger push him beyond his limits as he discovers a new sense of hope and the possibility of loving again.
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    Don Rearden is the author of the award winning novel, The Raven s Gift Published by Pintail and Penguin US, Penguin Canada, Text Publishing Australia 2012, and Fleuve Noir France 2013.Don Rearden grew up on the tundra of Southwestern Alaska His experiences with the Yup ik culture shaped both his writing and to a larger extent his worldview While he is a produced screenwriter and published poet, his heart often draws his writing back to characters and stories that originate on the tundra In his fiction he hopes to shed light on the struggles of everyday life in rural Alaska, a place outsiders often view as a mystical and mysterious land.Rearden lives in the mountain community of Bear Valley, Alaska, and teaches English at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he shows young writers how to develop their creative voices Much of his writing and thought is influenced from learning experiences in the Alaskan wilderness, as well as from the teachings and writings of his mentor and friend, Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael and The Story of B.Read the first chapter online at donrearden


  • Rating 3.8 of five LibraryThing Early Reviewers ARC The Publisher Says John Morgan and his wife can barely contain their excitement upon arriving as the new teachers in a Yup ik Eskimo village on the windswept Alaskan tundra But their move proves disastrous when a deadly epidemic strikes and the isolated community descends into total chaos When outside aid fails to arrive, John s only hope lies in escaping the snow covered tundra and the hunger of the other survivors he must make the thousand mi [...]

  • The Raven s Gift is a story about survival, hope and finding love when you least expected it This book takes you on a adventure, adventure of life and death This is a dark read, that evolves a lot around death You will find yourselves questioning if something like this can really happen This book is also a lesson You will learn a lot about Yup ik culture, as well as some history of Native people.The Plot I was not as excited to read this book at first I never really read a book that involves aro [...]

  • I was asked to review this book for my university magazine and I am glad I did Whilst this is not anything overly out of the ordinary or a phenomenon of literature by any means, it is still an incredibly well written story of survival the is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy s The Road or Stephen King s Cell.There are not enough books set in Alaska There are not enough books about government conspiracy and viral pandemics Don Reardon is bridging the gap with The Raven s Gift a simple case of supply [...]

  • This wonderful novel explores both the history and a potential apocalyptic future for the Yup ik people of Southwestern Alaska As a bush teacher myself, I could easily relate to the main character, although his success as a teacher is somewhat idyllic It doesn t quite show the very real challenges teachers face in the bush I recommend reading Harold Napolean s essay, Yuuyaraq the Way of the Human Being, to understand the impact of what he refers to as the Great Death, when the Yup ik population [...]

  • Such a great book Only couldn t give it a 5 because of issues with the ending which I won t comment on here Truly unable to put this down I was watching a playoff game and thinking about the people in this book.Excellent, excellent book Perhaps not the best read while recovering from the flu as a person who lives alone somewhat outside the town limits least I didn t read it while I was getting sick I went into this knowing nothing I simply put it in my own pile of books instead of shelving it at [...]

  • I d rate this book closer to 3.5 stars.Reading this story, I got a vibe similar to that of The Road by Cormac McCarthy While similar, The Raven s Gift is its own story of a man s quest for survival through the harsh and unforgiving remote Alaska Wilderness whose villages and town s have been ravaged by a deadly disease I enjoyed the Alaska historical tidbits I didn t know about nuke testing in Alaska and I thought I had a pretty decent knowledge base on the state and the Yu pik cultural referenc [...]

  • Source Received from publicist Many thanks goes to Bronwyn from Penguin Canada for sending me a copy of this book for review I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review My rating 5 5John and his wife, Anna, head north to the Alaskan tundra to teach and immerse themselves in the Yup ik community and culture They hope to find adventure along the way, but they could never have expected that they would encounter an epidemic that would decimate the Alaskan communities and ult [...]

  • This book drew me in right from the prologue Don t you hear the noise It swishes like the beating of the wings of great birds in the air It is the fear of naked people, it is the flight of naked people The weather spirit is blowing the storm out, the weather spirit is driving the weeping snow away over the earth, and the helpless storm child Don t you hear the weeping of the child in the howling wind Baleen, Copper Eskimo Shaman, 1920s The Raven s Gift is basically an exciting post apocalyptic a [...]

  • Great book I took the apocalypse as a metaphor for the costs to Yup ik communities of contact with the West Since the author lived in these communities, his descriptions of rural village life are very authentic, and the characters are fully realized people that you might encounter there.

  • Don Rearden s novel thrusts you out into the cold, alone, starving, desperate for shelter or some idea where to go for help The tone is as bleak as the frozen tundra landscape, with unspeakable horror just over the horizon But at the heart of the story are several very real people who dared to live on the edge of civilization, and are now struggling to stay alive in the aftermath of catastrophe Don Rearden s fictional apocalypse is attributed to a flu, something similar to the deadly epidemics t [...]

  • I received one of the most amazing gifts this December, and it wasn t a Christmas present It was The Raven s Gift by Don Rearden, a book every Alaskan and anyone wanting to know about Alaska should read or anyone who wants to cry and smile, be thrilled and terrified, despairing and hopeful Basically, anyone who wants an awesome story with an important message tucked in the passages and pages should go get a copy.A highly contagious and deadly disease a mutation of the bird flu results in a quara [...]

  • I think it s easy for many people to dismiss a book like this one They might wonder why they would want to read another story about people wanting to escape civilization for dreams of a better life in the wild I know a lot of people who would not find the preview of this book the least bit interesting If we don t push ourselves to wonder what there might be in these stories, we lose a perspective on life and human problems that could very much be our greatest error And so I ve encouraged many of [...]

  • In The Raven s Gift, John and Anna, both teachers, take jobs in a small Eskimo village in the Alaskan Tundra They re both seeking adventure and John is hoping to learn of the Yup ik culture he may have come from.Once they arrive to the small village, John and Ana seem content enough even though they come face to face with the harsh reality that affects these small native communities lack of jobs, inadequate health care, loss of culture, and high suicide rate.Then a flu epidemic hits the region [...]

  • I ve been asked to read a lot of books in my life, and usually I say, yes, because am I really going to say, no, to a free book What made The Raven s Gift by Don Rearden different is that I didn t regret saying, yes It was exciting, at times page turning, and even a little scary.The story is of a teacher in a remote Alaskan village When everyone in the village becomes terribly ill, John decides to venture out across the frozen landscape.The story follows three separate timelines before the illne [...]

  • The cover of The Raven s Gift declares that it is A gripping post apocalyptic Alaskan nightmare Gripping is right From the moment I picked up this book, I was held captive by the story Details of a life in the Alaskan tundra, that I will never experience, was equal parts fascinating and enraging While the story of John s struggle for survival, after the world he knows is ending, was edge of my seat exciting.The story jumps to different points in time a fair bit Normally, this is not a technique [...]

  • You will enjoy coming back to this book day after day until it is done The characters are real three dimensional believable characters bound on a trip that they expect to take them away from the catastrophe that has befallen the native villages of Alaska A teacher, a blind girl, and an old woman compose the unlikely travelers as they seek a way of staying alive after a plague I would give it five stars but for some confusing scene changes that change time and location as they start out It doesn [...]

  • The Raven s Gift has the hunter hunted suspense of Geoffrey Household s Rogue Male, the post apocalyptic bleakness of Cormac McCarthy s The Road and the haunting mysteriousness of The X Files Set on the Alaska frontier, the novel has as many cliffhangers as Denali An unputdownable literary thriller, The Raven s Gift is full of shock and profound disquiet Read Michael Dirda s review washingtonpost enterta

  • The flips in time not only offer some great bits of suspense, but also add to the development of relationships between all of the characters The story moves so carefully through their dark journey to survive And you see such small specks of hope that you aren t even sure you should depend on themBut in the end, it is a story that needed to be told When we let a culture die, we could lose the stories that keep us alive.

  • I have a hard time reviewing this book and being critical of it, because I live in western Alaska and it s an extremely unique place that Rearden clearly knows well and attempts to render for readers in this novel But while this novel attempts to depict that world while telling a post apocalyptic story, the vast and utterly unique world of rural Alaska in the late 20th early 21st century ultimately comes off as mere window dressing however accurate that window dressing may be to a rather straigh [...]

  • mybookishways 2013 10 When John Morgan and his wife, Anna, set off to a remote Alaskan village to teach, they know they re in for adventure, and they do find it, but soon, what started off as something exciting turns to something terrifying when the little village is hit by the flu and people start dying at an alarming rate Unfortunately, Anna is one of the casualties, and soon, desperate to survive, John sets out into the frozen expanse to hopefully find survivors, and a reason to go on What he [...]

  • John Morgan and his wife Anna know life will be hard as teachers in a primarily Yup ik village in rural Alaska That challenge turns to a nightmare when a plague hits and much of the population is wiped out Faced with trying to hike his way over thousands of miles of tundra, John finds unlikely alliances and horrors waiting among the other survivors.My husband is Yup ik and travels to rural Alaska for work and family reasons He didn t read the book before the author event, but loved hearing Reard [...]

  • It should have been fairly straight forward John and his wife Anna both loved teaching, and moving to a remote village on the Kuskokwim River in Alaska was something they both wanted Anna seemed to settle right in, though John was hesitant, he felt caged in Once he started hunting with his neighbour, he began to regain his balance and made of an effort to adapt to a new way of life Life was looking rosy until Anna came down with a fever a fever that didn t go away In fact, many of the residents [...]

  • The Raven s Gift by Don Rearder The back cover synopsis didn t do this book justice, it gave few clues to how dark, powerful or frightening this book really is This novel follows one character, John, but at three different stages of his life Unlike most books that have this format where it s childhood, adulthood and end of life, The Raven s Gift time lines are all within months of each other Each chapter has each time line in it The first one describes the excitement and adventure of being newly [...]

  • Nature, Spirituality Raven s Gift starts out slow and with some rather lame humor in my opinion but hang in there because it gets better fast With all the focus by young readers on dystopia stories this one should be a hit in multiple age groups It s one of my favorites There s so much here I loved the emphasis on Alaskan native tradition and history with their ties to the natural environment and the passed down stories The hero is John who may or may not be partially of Eskimo heritage this is [...]

  • Alone and on foot, how do you survive the winter on the Alaskan tundra New teachers John Morgan and Anna are thrilled when they are hired to teach in a remote village on the Yukon Kuskokwim delta of Alaska The ancient arctic culture of the Yup ik people and the adjustments the young couple must make to the new language, foods, and customs are well set out in the book I know, because I made those adjustments over the last several years after I came to the region to teach.Still in their first year [...]

  • I won this book in a giveaway Receiving this free book in no way influenced my review This book was amazing It starts off taking you on a race against time At first, we meet a young couple moving to Alaska as teachers and they encounter the harsh truth of reality The Alaskan natives are racing to just survive everyday lives You are drawn in to the plight of the people and suddenly the terrible race of the unknown plague that appears and now it is a race for humanity This book is one I could not [...]

  • I was interested in this book because of its setting Alaska, among the Yup ik people and particularly to see how science fiction works from an Indigenous perspective It s a good story the use of flashback works well in maintaining tension almost to the end but I was disappointed by the ending which comes too soon, does not resolve all the strands of the story and is not hard hitting enough I was also disappointed by the picture this book paints of Yup ik life it may be completely realistic the a [...]

  • I really enjoyed this book As a huge fan of the book The Road I worried the similar topic of The Raven s Gift might leave me feeling less engaged, almost like I had already heard the story before, but this wasn t the case Set in a tiny blip of a community in the middle of the Alaskan tundra this book was so much than the struggle to survive The author did a wonderful job of weaving in three versions of time, the far removed past before the sickness, a few weeks after the sickness, and the prese [...]

  • A husband and wife take a job in Alaska teaching the Yup ik Eskimos Things go well for awhile as they try to acclimate themselves to this unknown territory Soon things begin to change as people in the village start getting sick Soon a few are fighting for their lives This book is the story, told in three different time segments, of that event This is the story of the survivors, the harsh landscape that is Alaska, and how trying to survive can bring people together The Yup ik culture is and it s [...]

  • This book surprised me, as it is something that I would not normally have picked up, recommendation by a certain friend notwithstanding But it sounded like it had a bit of a horror element to it, so I did Liked it so much that I m planning on using it for one of the Library s book discussions A poor community in Alaska, cut off from the rest of the state, no running water or electricity and not even phone lines for some And then all but a few people get sick and die and no one comes to help Some [...]

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