The oy, for reasons left entirely unexplained, asks the Bear to row him across an unnamed body of water, to a destination identified only as " the other side. " Their attempts to reach that other side constitute the entirety of the book.The journey drags on for week and days.
For huge swathes of the bestsellin, othing is happening at all; the Bear rows, and the Boy attempts to find some way in which to occupy himself.There is a superher nove in the boat, left there by a previous passenger.
I compare it to something like Anne Ursu 's book Breadcrumbs, which also leaves any number of things unexplained, but does so because they 're things the protagonist has no way to know.
Some of the guy in A Boy and A Bear in a Boat could fit into this category, such as the parts with the abandoned ship, but it 's harde to figure a reason the Boy 's journey remains so obscure other than trying to be too artsy.