The World More Full of Weeping by Robert J. WiersemaThe World More Full of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema

The World More Full of Weeping

byRobert J. Wiersema

Paperback | July 14, 2017

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Elevenyearold Brian Page spends every waking moment in the forest behind the house where he lives with his father. But forests are always deeper than anyone can know. Secrets are hidden in the eternal twilight of the trees. Those secrets emerge into light when Brian disappears in the forest, as his father did three decades before. His father, however, came home with no memory of the events in the depths of the forest. What has drawn Brian away? Will he emerge, shuddering and broken, as his father did, or will the forests close around him, as they have done so often before?
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...
Title:The World More Full of WeepingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 7.25 × 5 × 0.25 inPublished:July 14, 2017Publisher:ChiZine PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0980941091

ISBN - 13:9780980941098

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting It's a story and feeling that stays with you long after you've read it. I like reading stories that don't answer all the questions raised. The mystery and the possible alternatives add to the joy of reading.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An alternate reality This little book was a pleasure to read. You can feel the twists coming but the ending was a little abrupt, I'm guilty of this in my own story writing so I understand what the writer what going for. All in all its a good book in my opinion .
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple, sweet, and fascinating One of my favourite little stories! I lend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful and so sad Canadian writer Robert J. Wiersema packs a punch with his novella, The World More Full of Weeping. On the day before going to spend a week with his mother in the city, eleven-year-old Brian disappears in the woods behind his father’s house. Wiersema manages to capture both the frantic search, and Brian’s journey in the forest in 77 short pages. Part of the novella’s success can be attributed to Wiersema’s split narrative. Beginning in present day, Brian shares breakfast with his father who explains to him that his mother will be picking him up at four. Brian clearly doesn’t want to go, but lacks the ability, it seems, to articulate his feelings. Instead, he tells his father, Jeff, that “Carly said you wouldn’t understand.” Carly’s true identity is just one of the mysteries of The World More Full of Weeping. Who is Carly? At first she just seems like a girl Brian meets in the woods. But after Brian goes missing and Jeff calls over to his neighbour John’s to see if he’s seen him, the mention of her name causes John to encourage Jeff to call “Chuck Minette at the Search and Recuse…call him right now.” Many years ago, Jeff also went missing in the woods only to turn up the next day. When men from the community come to help look for Brian, it’s clear everyone thinks his disappearance might be a case of “like father, like son,” with the same happy outcome. While the search for Brian continues, we see him in the woods with Carly, who is always in the same thin dress despite the uncertain March weather, her cheeks “pink and rosy.” Carly knows secret places in the woods, places Brian has not ever seen. She asks him if he wants to “see more hidden things” and promises she can show him “a whole hidden world in the forest.” There are no concrete answers in The World More Full of Weeping. The only certainty is that when given the opportunity Jeff and Brian made different choices. Perhaps some readers will take comfort in Brian’s decision, but for me I can’t quite get the picture of Jeff on his knees, crying for what is lost. A magical and profoundly moving story.
Date published: 2013-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweetly compelling The World More Full of Weeping is a 77 page novella told from two points of view. The first is the view of Jeff Page, as he discovers his son hasn't returned from playing in the woods. The second is that of the son, Brian, as he meets a girl in the woods who shows him marvelous things. 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.
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Come away, you human child This lovely, haunting little book tells of a child gone missing, and the pain of his family left behind. Wiersema takes his title from the Yeats poem "The Stolen Child", which itself hearkens back to the old stories of children lured away to Fairyland. Who didn't, as a child, long for such a lure? One of the great disappointments of growing up is the understanding that no one is going to take you away into the hills; that you're going to age like everyone else, become encumbered by bills and cholesterol; that if magic exists, it is not for you. And yet, if this is a disappointment, it's also a relief: your home has a roof, your food comes safely from the refrigerator. If magic exists, it cannot hurt you. Wiersema's story finds the fine edge between these conflicting desires, between the boy who follows the call of mystery and the man who waits at home in sorrow. Chilling and sad, this story will stay with you like the thread of a song at the back of your mind, long after you've gone back to your daily life.
Date published: 2010-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Blend of Character and Mystical Having read and loved "Before I Wake" by Wiersema a few years ago, I was quite pleased to see this title become available. As a lover of short fiction as well, I wasn't daunted by the slim volume, and will say that Wiersema has once again managed to blend quality characterization and a mystical plotline into one. 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.
Date published: 2010-02-18

Editorial Reviews

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 MartletRating: 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