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Legends of the fall af Jim Harrison
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Legends of the fall (udgave 1994)

af Jim Harrison

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New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison was one of America's most beloved and critically acclaimed writers. The classicLegends of the Fall is Harrison at his most memorable: a striking collection of novellas written with exceptional brilliance and a ferocious love of life. The title novella, "Legends of the Fall"--which was made into the film of the same name--is an epic, moving tale of three brothers fighting for justice in a world gone mad. Moving from the raw landscape of early twentieth-century Montana to the blood-drenched European battlefields of World War I and back again to Montana, Harrison's powerful story explores the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, painting an unforgettable portrait of the twentieth-century man. Also including the novellas "Revenge" and "The Man Who Gave Up His Name,"Legends of the Fall confirms Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American voices of his generation.… (mere)
Medlem:David_Rhodes
Titel:Legends of the fall
Forfattere:Jim Harrison
Info:New York, NY Dell 1994
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Læst, men ikke ejet
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Viser 1-5 af 21 (næste | vis alle)
Three novellas in one collection, each very distinct and unconnected from the others. “Revenge” was excellent, reminding me of the fever-dream beauty of James Lee Burke's writing, and the stark no-nonsense violence of Thomas Perry, though obviously predating both those writers. “The Man Who Gave Up His Name” was less successful, I thought, being more inward-looking and self-absorbed, though quite entertaining and more thoughtful than it seems at first glance. The title novella, “Legends of the Fall”, was again excellent, remarkably epic despite its length. Overall, two 5-stars and a 3-star, makes for a 4-1/3 average, though I'm not sure that's a fair way to look at it. Beautiful writing, sharp dialog, richly-observed settings, sometimes-brutal action, and a deep sense of mastery. ( )
  RandyRasa | Jan 7, 2021 |
124 - "...pondered the degree of accident in human affection as do all intelligent mortals."
195 - "Things were bound to happen if you lived in the open, if you walked very far off your porch."
264 - "People finally don't have much affection for questions, especially one so leprous as teh apparent lack of a fair system of rewards and punishments on earth. The question is not less gnawing and unpleasant for being otiose, so naive."
265 - "...immutable is immutable and everyone in his own private manner dashes his brains against the long-suffering question that is so luminously obvious. Even gods aren't exempt: note Jesus' howl of dispair as he stepped rather tentatively into eternity.
265 - "Everyone's skin is so particular and we are no largely unimaginable to one another." ( )
  DuffDaddy | Nov 17, 2020 |
this is actually a collection of 3 novellas. i am not sure what i expected, but whatever it was, this wasn't it. there is way more violence than i anticipated; in a way, the violence is what anchors all of these stories (for sure the first two). i found each of them harder to get into than i thought i would, and i was less interested in continuing each of them than i thought i'd be. these aren't bad, but it doesn't make me excited to read more of his novels. still, the writing in each of them is good, so based on that (and his reputation), i would also be willing to try him again.

revenge: the writing here is good, but it's not the kind of story i usually gravitate to. he kept me relatively interested, though, less with the plot, and more with the writing and setting and characters. still, i found it slow going. (1.5 stars)

the man who gave up his name: i don't know why i liked this one at all actually. again, it's not really the plot or the story, but the writing and characters that make it. i'm not even really sure what it's about or what he's saying - maybe that what makes a life isn't what you think, or the point might not be what you thought it was. (2 stars)

legends of the fall: i remember thinking this movie was excellent, but don't remember anything about it except brad pitt's hair. i suspect they made big changes to the plot for the big screen to make it more interesting. i wasn't excited about this story, either. although, again, there's something about his writing. i think i just like it when a poet writes prose. (although maybe he's a novelist who also writes poetry.)
"He wanted to strangle the world." (2 stars) ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Aug 8, 2020 |
The Man Who Gave Up His Name might be my favorite work of less-than-novel-length fiction. The writing is beautiful and the characters are complex and interesting. I liked Legends of the Fall less than the other two in the the trio, but all were very good. ( )
  jonvoigt21 | Jan 7, 2020 |
And here comes my midlife crises - this is one of those books that reads very differently as young man vs when re-read in your 40s. Ooof. ( )
  kcshankd | Oct 6, 2019 |
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The story’s narrative voice is arbitrary and godlike, always very distant but by turns lyrical and essayistic, superbly telling instead of showing... Not so much world-weary as cosmically tired, Harrison’s storytelling is sometimes hushed and sometime sonorous, rolling out on waves of complicated syntax that are averse to commas. This tale of brothers has so much on its mind that the author’s choice of the compact novella form seems almost perverse, a kind of stunt. A Tolstoyan view of the world (“There is little to tell of happiness — happiness is only itself, placid, emotionally dormant”) must also make room for “the Cheyenne sense of fatality that what had happened had already happened.” By the time “Legends of the Fall” is finished, it has the reader believing that life is little more than death’s back story.
tilføjet af danielx | RedigerNew York Times, Thomas Mallon (May 1, 2016)
 
Many “western” stories present love in a straightforward, simple manner. Not “Legends.” Here, we see all sides of the love coin: pure lust, sacrificial love, twisted, dependent love. While each might be momentarily satisfying for the reader and characters, it does not end well. Every single romantic relationship in the story is inherently flawed, save for perhaps Tristan’s brief marriage to Isabel Two... The beautiful old American West, the passionate love scenes, the bond of familial ties—these all mesmerize us yet also, in the end, collude to reveal any person seeking true joy in these things will feel sad and hollow. For all its passion and grit, its love and scenery, “Legends” reminds us not only that we are flawed human beings but that none of the things we seek pleasure from—booze, sex, politics, nature—are ultimately satisfying, at least long-term.
tilføjet af danielx | RedigerThe Federalist, Nicole Russell (Mar 3, 2016)
 
“Legends of the Fall” begins: “Late in October 1914 three brothers rode from Choteau, Montana to Calgary, Alberta to enlist in the Great War. . .” In that sentence, Mr. Harrison discloses the method that will enable him to include so much in his novella without having it sound like a synopsis. The opening line establishes both the voice and the manner of the epic storyteller, who deals in great vistas and vast distances. The story will take us through 50 years... In “Legends of the Fall,” the steady, singing, epic voice assures and reassures us that we are hearing‐as the title claims — legend, not reality. In compression, unexpectedly, lies credibility.
tilføjet af danielx | RedigerNew York Times, Vance Bourjaily (Jun 1, 1979)
 
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New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison was one of America's most beloved and critically acclaimed writers. The classicLegends of the Fall is Harrison at his most memorable: a striking collection of novellas written with exceptional brilliance and a ferocious love of life. The title novella, "Legends of the Fall"--which was made into the film of the same name--is an epic, moving tale of three brothers fighting for justice in a world gone mad. Moving from the raw landscape of early twentieth-century Montana to the blood-drenched European battlefields of World War I and back again to Montana, Harrison's powerful story explores the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, painting an unforgettable portrait of the twentieth-century man. Also including the novellas "Revenge" and "The Man Who Gave Up His Name,"Legends of the Fall confirms Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American voices of his generation.

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