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The Teacher of the Human Spirit
 
A Review of

The River: A Novel
Peter Heller

Hardback: Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
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Reviewed by Al Brooke
 

The sun sets in the cold without friends
      Without reproaches after all it has done for us
It goes down believing in nothing
       When it has gone I hear the stream running after it
              It has brought its flute it is a long way.
– W. S. Merwin, “Dusk in Winter”

 
 
Peter Heller’s fourth novel starts with smoke.

From the first pages we are introduced to each of the elements which will dog the two friends — Wynn and Jack — as they canoe in the Canadian wilderness: a forest fire, two drunks on land, and a pair of arguing voices in the fog. The river itself seems no problem to them, as they feel prepared for that.

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