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The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing by Joseph Fasano

The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing by Joseph Fasano

Review by Christina Makri

Disclaimer: I was given a free book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Deep within the British Columbia mountains, a father and his young son are in pursuit of a fierce mountain lion. Generations of men have tried to capture it but have been unsuccessful. Yet, the father is determined to finally kill the wild beast.

During the cold dark nights, the characters are forced to face their fears and limitations. Inside the treacherous woods, the lines between man and animal become blurred.

The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing is a novel filled with wonderful, vivid imagery and is rich with sensory detail that engages the reader’s imagination. Savagery and vengeance, pain and grief are weaved throughout the story, yet, at the same time the tale reads as a beautiful and sincere confession of love towards the wild and untamed nature. Obviously, the author’s literary career as a poet accounts for his highly emotive use of language and formidable vocabulary.

However, in my opinion, a noticeable drawback of the book is that the overtly lyrical way in which it is written takes away from the rawness and ferocity of the tale, as well as, at times, distracts from the plot. The excessive imagery and poetic diction in which the emotions of desperation, anguish and anger are described leads to their dilution. Hence, the impact of the words is somewhat reduced.

Nonetheless, the book is definitively an enjoyable read.

Photo by Christina Makri

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