The Ancient Minstrel

The Ancient Minstrel

Novellas

Book - 2016
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Jim Harrison delivers three novellas that highlight his phenomenal range as a writer, shot through with his trademark wit and keen insight into the human condition. An aging writer in Montana who spars with his estranged wife, with whom he still shares a home, weathers the slings and arrows of literary success. A Montana woman reminisces about staying in London with her grandparents, and collecting eggs at their country house. And, retired Detective Sunderson - a recurring character from Harrison's bestseller "The Great Leader" and "The Big Seven" - is hired as a private investigator to look into a bizarre cult that achieves satori by howling along with howler monkeys at the zoo. Fresh, incisive, and endlessly entertaining, with moments of both profound wisdom and sublime humor, this is an exceptional reminder of why Jim Harrison is one of the most cherished and important writers at work today.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780802124562
Characteristics: 255 pages ;,22 cm.

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May 14, 2016

I'm rating this one at three stars only because of "Eggs", one of the three novellas, the other two being not up to much. Catherine, the protagonist of "Eggs" is a very appealing character and although her life is unremarkable, it's a very warm, human, appealing story. As I work my way through Harrison's books, I find a distinct pattern: His female characters are far more likeable and their stories more engaging. His male creations all seem to be varying versions of himself or at least to feature some aspect of Harrison's persona; and almost without exception, they come across as self-indulgent jerks.
It may be a long time before I continue with some other of his works.

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