The World More Full of Weeping Paperback – Sep 15 2009
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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+++ Rating: 5/5
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
About the Author
Robert J. Wiersema is a bookseller and reviewer, who contributes regularly to the VANCOUVER SUN, the GLOBE AND MAIL, the OTTAWA CITIZEN, and numerous other newspapers. Wiersema is also the event coordinator for Bolen Books, and the author of BEFORE I WAKE and BEDTIME STORY, which were both national bestsellers. He lives in Victoria, B.C., with his son, Xander.
Top Customer Reviews
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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If you're a fan of creepy uneasiness instead of shock and blood, pick this up. You won't be disappointed.
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.
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.
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.