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The World More Full Of Weeping [Paperback]

Robert J Wiersema
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June 5 2012
Eleven-year-old Brian Page spends every waking moment in the forest behind the house where he lives with his father. But forests are always deeper than anyone can know. Secrets are hidden in the eternal twilight of the trees. Those secrets emerge into light when Brian disappears in the forest, as his father did three decades before. His father, however, came home with no memory of the events in the depths of the forest. What has drawn Brian away? Will he emerge, shuddering and broken, as his father did, or will the forests close around him, as they have done so often before?

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Victoria local Robert J. Wiersema's soon-in-bookstores new novella The World More Full of Weeping, establishes an immediately-chilling mood before you've even opened it up.

That mood is set by its well-crafted cover - an eerie glow peeking through dark, fogged woods. It makes for a perfect introduction to the story, which wastes no time to reveal what will be a haunting tone throughout.

Eleven-year-old Brian Page is missing after wandering off into the woods behind his home. The story bounces back between the point of view of Brian's worried father and Brian himself. This is not your average story, nor your typical tale of a missing child. Once again (as he did with Before I Wake in 2006, which went on to be a national bestseller), Wiersema takes readers to a new and unnerving place, complete with spine-tingling chills.

Weeping is an immediately engaging, fully supplementing quick read that brings you back to the days of spooky campfire stories that go on to make for a sleepless night wandering around your own imagination. This novella is a refreshing break amongst the monotony of boringly average, everyday reads. It coasts along naturally with Wiersema's vivid writing, keeping you glued to the page.

If you have yet to have read his debut bestseller, be sure to check it out as well.

—Jillayna Adamson, The Martlet

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Brian Page is an eleven year old boy who unlike most boy’s his age, spends most of his time in the woods behind his house. There he can explore not only the secrets of his surroundings but the feelings he’s having now that his parents are apart. One day Brian goes out and simply doesn’t come back, just like his father thirty years before.

His father, unable to remember his own experience, wastes no time to call the authorities to launch a search a rescue. But what has really happened to Brian? Is he simply lost or has something more sinister wrapped itself around the family?

Not a fan of novellas, their stories usually poorly developed and lacking depth for the length. But Wiersema has created a creepy little story here (literally got chills), that not only drew me in completely but made me wish that it had been a full length novel. The writing was not only rich but also powerful. It touched on a subject close to my heart and experience. Great read!

—Rachelle Gagné, The Novel Blog

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Beautiful Story Jan. 17 2010
By Rhea
After reading "Before I Wake," I absolutely had to pick up this novella by Robert Wiersema. "The World More Full of Weeping" follows the disappearance of Brian, an eleven year old boy who spends his time exploring the woods behind his home. Brian has always felt apart from the rest world until he meets Carly, a girl who seems to understand him as no one else can. As Brian becomes increasingly preoccupied with the forest and Carly, he begins to travel down the same path as his father years before. As the story unfolds, the parallels between father and son become more apparent, guiding the reader to the climax of the story. Ultimately, the "World More of Full of Weeping" is about alienation and finding where one belongs. If you enjoyed "Before I Wake" I would strongly recommend this novella. The characters are rich and complex and the writing flows easily between Brian and Jeff's point of view.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweetly Compelling July 26 2011
By Jessica Strider TOP 500 REVIEWER
The World More Full of Weeping is a 77 page novella told from two points of view. The first is the view of Jeff Page, as he discovers his son hasn't returned from playing in the woods. The second is that of the son, Brian, as he meets a girl in the woods who shows him marvelous things.

It's a sweet, compelling story of love and loss. And a reminder that doing what you believe is best for someone doesn't usually take into account their own preferences on the matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of subtle uneasiness July 20 2010
By Jeffrey B. Pert - Published on
This is the first book from Chizine I've read, and it's a knockout. As a lover of weird fiction, I can't tell you how many times I'm disappointed when I pick up a new (to me) writer. Not this time. This is an incredibly touching yet disturbing story of lost love, mysterious disappearances and guilt-wracked grief. Wiersema has the chops to tell a scary story in a subtle way, something most of the current crop of gore-meisters could learn from. In this he reminds me a little of Charles L. Grant, but I think he's even better than Grant.

If you're a fan of creepy uneasiness instead of shock and blood, pick this up. You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Blend of Characterization and Mysticism Feb. 18 2010
By Nathan Burgoine - Published on
Having read and loved "Before I Wake" by Wiersema a few years ago, I was quite pleased to see this title become available. As a lover of short fiction as well, I wasn't daunted by the slim volume, and will say that Wiersema has once again managed to blend quality characterization and a mystical plotline into one.

What appears to be at first a very simple plot hook - child goes missing in the woods behind his home - soon turns into a mystery with a sense of supernatural foreboding to it, as the father comes to grips with the fact that something similar happened to himself when he was younger - and he can't remember it.

Also included in the volume is an essay from Wiersema about a portion of the writing process in general (and in specific about "Before I Wake" and "The World More Full of Weeping.") It's a discussion of place - the reality of a real-world place vs. a fictitious place, and it's an interesting read. It did surprise me, I'll admit, as I hadn't realized it was there, and thought I had about twenty more pages of "The World More Full of Weeping" ahead of me, only to find it ended and there was an essay instead.
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful novella of pure and simple magic Nov. 15 2012
By Reeka aka BoundbyWords - Published on
Based on other reviews, I think I expected more out of this book, fantasy wise. I pictured talking trees and dancing animals-straight Pocahontas style. But the subtle darkness I found instead was just as pleasing, if not more welcomed.

This novella of a mere 77 pages had me deep rooted in Hendersen, BC, all green fields and thick forests. Brian spends most of his waking hours in that exact forest, where he's most at ease and free. His father spends his time in his shop, grease elbowed and waist deep underneath his cars. Alternating narration between the two, with Brian's narration being the events before his disappearance, the story opens with Brian's unhappiness about having to spend spring break in the city with his mother, a precursor to ultimately moving in with her. I emphasized with Brian's glumness instantly, I loathed having to switch between houses every other weekend, why couldn't I just stay in one house? I hated packing the most.

During one of his treks in the woods, Brian is startled by a young girl named Carly, who he is immediately mystified by. Together they delve into parts of the forest Brian could never have imagined existed. It is here that the book begins to take on a magic realism feel, and I couldn't help but want it to go on for another hundred pages. Brian becomes beautifully carefree and unburdened, and the author does a great job of placing us right at his heels- I smelled, felt and saw every petal, every glistening dew drop. When Brian doesn't return from the woods one night, I felt the loss at my core before his father does. Before his father is faced with himself; himself as a father, an ex-husband, and a young boy, who had once, himself, went missing in quite the same manner his son did-though he holds no recollection of it.

I felt a loss not for his disappearance, but for the world in the woods that the author crafted so effortlessly. I wanted to stay with Brian-to watch his musings, witness what he discovered, and felt, and loved. This book was small, but was so big in so many other ways. It had a few typos and grammatical errors, but such small things were overshadowed by the beauty of the writing and feeling of pure and simple magic. I am looking forward to picking up Before I Wake by this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Tension March 4 2011
By Belinda Frisch - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
At no point in The World More Full of Weeping did I actually care if they found the boy in the woods. It's a typical first crush story--the boy finds the girl in the woods and quickly grows so attached that he cannot be without her--set against the parents, divorced (though I don't think that lended to anything in the novel, really, other than the boy was being sent to live with his mother and some speculated it was why he ran away) and the search party hashing out similar events to when the boy's father went missing in his childhood.

I didn't feel any real threat of danger, any stakes being raised, anything overwhelmingly fantastically being created. I didn't feel anything at all and I wanted to.

The writing was good, but that's about it.
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