Wilderness is a very literary piece of writing, and it often reminded me of other pieces of literature such as [b:The Red Badge of Courage|35220|The Red Badge of Courage|Stephen Crane|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327936136s/35220.jpg|2314709], [b:All Quiet on the Western Front|355697|All Quiet on the Western Front|Erich Maria Remarque|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348079493s/355697.jpg|2662852], and [b:To Build A Fire|194808|To Build A Fire|Jack London|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1172591496s/194808.jpg|1618080]. The writing was evocative and beautiful. The story was full of heartache, violence, tragedy, bravery, courage, hope, and redemption. It was a story of loss, emptiness, searching, and discovery of purpose.
That said, it took me a long while to warm up to this tale. I didn't start to turn the corner from a 2 star rating to a 3 star rating until the battle in the wilderness. The book is so melancholy, there is so much anguish, and those kind of stories just aren't typically my cup of tea. I like a little light with my shade, and there weren't too many bright spots in this story. Still, it is well written and well told, and toward the last quarter of the story I found it very difficult to put the book down. It is a lovely piece of literature.