Legends of the Fall

Legends of the Fall

Book - 1979
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The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels -- Legends Of The Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name -- confirmed Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, adding up to an extraordinary vision of the twentieth-century man.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press/S. Lawrence, 1979.
ISBN: 9780440054610
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 21 cm. $10.95.


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Dec 19, 2017

The title novella is the best of the three, and worthy of a high rating on its own. Similar to the Green Mile, it's fascinating to see a lean, economic novella be turned into a sweeping 2+++ hour epic. Legends of the Fall is an incredible story, but what's more interesting may be the speed with which Harrison actually wrote the story. In an interview he gave, he said he was looking over some old artifacts of his wife's family, the idea came to him (loosely based on some truths) and he just pounded out the novella right there. Well worth the time to read this one.

Jul 31, 2014

"Nordstrom rushed from the apartment to find a prostitute. There were none to be had in the neighborhood bars and he ended up watching a Red Sox game on television, baseball being an effective nationwide soporific."
The cover (taken from the ridiculous 1994 movie) is a little misleading and this actually contains three novellas: "Revenge," "The Man Who Gave Up His Name," and the title story. "Revenge" about a man getting, you guessed it revenge, on the dude who tried to kill him was also made into a bad movie (1990) was a little too macho for my taste. The middle story is by far the best, a kind of Cheever or Updike type plot, but with more vitality and guts than they usually have. The title novella is very different than the movie and way better, which is no surprise.


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