The Bear (MP3 CD)
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A beautiful elegy on the transience of life on a grand scale, The Bear takes place in a post-apocalyptic future that closely resembles the world our hunter-gatherer ancestors inhabited, where a young girl and her father—the last people on earth—survive each day as it comes. This book is so well written that the prose feels like poetry, heightening the sense of magic realism. A tale about the cycle of life and humankind’s relationship with the natural world, The Bear will transport you to another time and place and make you feel the simple beauty of being alive.— Charlie
In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen. A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature's dominion.