Wonderful walk in the woods
March 11, 2012 4 Comments
Okay, in this story rabid environmentalists succeed in kidnapping the Secretary of the Interior from a hotel bathroom with no bullets in their guns. What’s not to love about that premise?
The delight is, the book is better than the premise. The compelling story is framed within thirty days of extreme camping and communing with nature. It’s #1 on Amazon’s Conservation list, but I wouldn’t have read it if I didn’t know the author because my reading time is limited. This book was worth every minute of my time because – Pat Lichen not only wrote a good story, there were also many times I was delighted by great writing. Then, she delivered a great ending.
This is not a secret – a good story needs a great ending – it’s a primary aspect of story telling that’s often ignored or forgotten. A story is a promise and the promise is – the ending will be good. It doesn’t have to be happy or fluffy but it has to be GOOD in relation to the story. The ending also has to resonate as appropriate according to the audience who will choose to read the story.
I love the Pacific Northwest and the magic it holds, I’ve even hugged a few trees. But I relate more to The Lorax and this is the type of story I will only enter as a fictional experience within the pages of a book. If anyone hands me a shovel and demonstrates the best way to shit in the woods, they will get that shovel upside the head.
But I did enter this fictional world of rabid environmentalists in contact with one of the elite political leaders of our country. And I turned every page and read every word. And when I reached The End, I not only felt satisfied by the story but enriched by the experience of being a voyeur to the action on the page.
That’s how a story delivers on the promise made in the opening sentence.