If Mr. Harrison is not retired he should be.
This book is middling at best and not even close to previous work.
An aging retired teacher/farmer takes a road-trip,during which he reconnects with a past student, and as a side-note renames all the States whose lines he crosses. Extremely funny in parts. He's a raunchy old rancher and I laughed out loud several times.
This book has several laugh-out-loud passages, particularly the 70 or so pages describing Cliff's road trip with a woman (nymphomaniac) 20 yrs. or so his junior. There's an interesting article (inc. a picture) about Jim Harrison titled "Pleasures of the Hard-Worn Life" by Charles McGrath, published by The New York Times on Jan. 25, 2007. You can read it online. I enjoy hearing or reading interviews that have been made with my favorite authors.
First novelist Skibsrud takes a poignant look at family, focusing mainly on Napoleon Haskell, his adult daughter, and Henry, father to a young man Napoleon served with in Vietnam. These three live in Henry's house in Canada as a sort of makeshift family. When Napoleon's daughter first comes to live with him and Henry after a relationship ends badly, she finds out much more about the father she hardly knew while growing up. And she begins to understand who Henry is and why he has a connection to her own family. She also learns that her father's alcoholism is much more progressed than she'd originally thought. And she begins to figure out the identity of the mysterious Owen, Henry's son, and why Henry feels indebted to her father because of him. With flashbacks to Vietnam and heartfelt recollections of the daughter's own childhood, the narrative shows Napoleon slowly letting his daughter in on deep secrets of his life. VERDICT A quick and satisfying read; recommended for most public libraries and reading groups that have an interest in books about familial relationships.-Leann Restaino, Girard, OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Great read. Prophetic and funny. I like Jim Harrison's no nonsense style. Probably a book that males will enjoy more than females. Not his best but well worth the time I took to read it.
It sounded promising and started so well but what a disappoimtment.
Wonderful book. A great read for (male) boomers tackling middle age with careers, marriages and mortgages behind them (or not). Pulled this novel off the shelf, never having read Harrison before, but will definitely read again.
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