Set in the near-future, Into the Forest focuses on the relationship between two teenaged sisters as they struggle to survive the collapse of society. In many ways . Into the Forest is a Canadian drama film written and directed by Patricia Rozema. The film is based on the book written by Jean Hegland published in Apocalyptic tale of sisters surviving in a forest in northern California.

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This thf was a burden to get through The first half of the book is pretty slow. This study guide contains firest following sections: This story features an act of incest very brief – blink and you’ll miss it but it is not a book featuring an incestuous relationship. This is not an easy novel to set aside and one that will be impossible to forget. Eva lives in her self-obsessed dreams of ballet.

There are no strings of lights, no Christmas cards.

The point of the book was kinda bullshit because in the end Nell is still just collecting facts and cowtowing to her sister. Flashbacks smartly create a portrait of the lost family: The United States in is closer to the brink than Ms Hegland envisioned in ; it is not much of a stretch to imagine a country that simply can’t afford to pay its bills, where civil war erupts between political parties, where disease cannot A poignant, sensual and carefully written book that will remain quietly in my mind for a long time to come.

They burn their home and move to the forest where they feel comfortable. Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.

I would find that just terrifying. I gave Eva a pair of her own toe shoes.

Into the Forest, Jean Hegland

Life with the fam was always like how it must be for a dog. If the last book I’d read was bright lights and noise, then this book would surely be dark and quiet. Jean Hegland, it was a pleasure. Set in the near-future, Into the Forest focuses on the relationship between two teenaged sisters as they struggle to survive the collapse of society. I found it all fascinating and believable, and often enviable.


If technology and society were to return to advanced states, how might the child adapt to leaving the forest? Nell learns how to kill a pig. Buy This Book Libraries. The next morning Eva finally eat but then starts throwing up, and soon realizes she is pregnant as a result from her rape. The way that the sisters are able to suddenly discover and develop wilderness survival skills on their own with nothing but the help of a dry plant identification book is just silly, and the ending, where they decide to burn their admittedly already falling apart house down and go live in the woods is hopelessly immature and doesn’t seem to be that well thought out considering the rest of the book is trying to subvert the kind of hopelessly optimistic fairy tale narrative that it turns into.

But their own needs became the routine, the every day life. Recommended to Mariel by: But now I see she may be right. I would have rated this a high 4, but because of those bizarre scenes, I lowered my rating.

Le Festin nu — Biarritz. In Northern California, 32 miles from the closest town, two orphaned teenage sisters ration a dwindling supply of tea bags and infested cornmeal. At some point during the afternoon the four of us would take a walk down the dirt road that ends at our clearing.

I asked myself if I have the skills and knowledge to survive in a world without electricity, access to food, heat, water, communication etc. I guess it’s good that I’m not intk to survive out in a world where every man fends for themselves.

Nell has been desirous of a life and company before there was an unnamed apocolypse this is like The Road misery. The hows and whys don’t come into it. This site uses Frest to reduce spam. Dec 10, jtabz rated it did not like it Shelves: I had no idea what I was doing. Tu as lu Surfacing de Margaret Atwood?

Two months pass and the girls are low on food. She may as well wear a wedding dress or put on outfits for parties she’s never going to go to. The tone is an interesting mix of gentle and vicious; the narrative follows two sisters living in the middle of nowhere. Page is also producing. Eventually, the power turns off and never comes back on.


Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. Returning to their ruined home, Eva who won the rest of the gas in a bet on the baby’s gender, decides to burn down the house so that anyone passing will think nito they died in a fire. The house also made them targets to looters and rapists and so the destruction of their home innto a form of protection, both physically and emotionally.

Nell is the younger of the two and has been struggling with losing the close relationship with her sister when Eva finds an obsessive passion for dancing.

Le Furet du Nord — Beauvais.

Into the Forest « Jean Hegland

This is particularly frustrating because, in order to imagine her feminist pagan utopia, Hegland feels the need to “evolve” the sisters along traditional gender lines, with one receding into the standard female role while the other ‘rises’ to the occasion to become the provider, hunter, problem solver. I had just watched the movie and liked it so thought I’d try reading the book.

Into the Forest Book vs. The reason for the 4 star rating instead of 5 stars, is a couple of different things. Stores were looted and abandoned. Into the Forest is a young adult survival novel by Jean Hegland in which teenaged sisters Nell and Eva endeavor hgeland live on after civilization has collapsed. Living with their parents in forewt home 30 miles from the nearest town, home-schooled and pursuing solitary passions, Eva and Nell are accustomed to isolation.

They end up having to survive on some canned food they harvested from their garden.