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A Good Day to Die
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 1999
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This is an incredible book that drove me into a writing career. Jim Harrison has the rare ability to write about people, not heroes or monsters. You leave this book feeling the story may be exaggerated, but that these people were real. Stumbling upon this book in high school opened my eyes to the joys of character-driven stories. It's a bad road trip, but one you'll be glad you took.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
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This was the first Jim Harrison I ever read and it made me a devoted follower of this writer who I suppose might be a mix of Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson with some William Falkner thrown in for good measure. He is the kind of writer that just strikes you a sentence at a time and made me pause many times whilst reading to simply contemplate the sentence or paragraph or idea he ahd just laid on me ... there just are not many writers who make me pause, who force me to stop reading and to think, allow things to drift through my gray matter and take paths of figurin' and thinkin' and decyperin' that great writing makes one take.

I can without hesitation recommed Harrison right alongside the like of Hemingway and Thompson and Falkner and Fitzgerald ... one of the great writers America has produced.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 1997
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If you have never read Harrison, this is a great place to start. An entertaining read and fine introduction to the humor, wit, and insight of one of our most engaging authors. You'll hear Harrison's voice for weeks after finishing this book. And you'll want to read more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2011
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I used to think Harrison was the most talented author in America today. This is a set of three novellas that can serve as an introduction to him. I have read all of his novels, and when I introduced a good friend to his work, he took a week off from the law firm and read all of his books before he came back to the office. How could I give a better recommendation?

Read his early works.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2010
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This is the book Dalton (Patrick Swayze), the philosopher/cooler, reads during his morning's off.

And you should too.

'Cuz it's Dalton's way, or the highway!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2014
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I love the way Jim Harrison writes. I feel like an old friend is telling this story while I read it. Like an older version of myself recounting it to a younger me, knowing exactly what I need to hear to feel. It's a familiar narrative. A simple and thoughtful approach to prose. The story is engaging and then as it goes on wanes to allow the narrator to feel through his words and connect with the reader on a deeper level. Then the story returns and ends the only way it possibly could. A good first Harrison read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
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I have read most of the books from this author and somehow I missed this one. A great ribald story of people on a mission not knowing why and dealing with the past wounds of their lives. A great read!
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on March 22, 2015
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An excellent case study on how the brain works (doesn't work) on drugs. If there was ever a reason to never go near the stuff, Harrison's lusty novel should seal the deal. The dopey dopers idea of anarchist plotting was doomed from the outset when no one in the trio had a full measure of faculties in operating order. Whether Harrison is writing from experience, or using literary irony to illustrate the stupid-headed way terrorist idealists cook up their idiotic ideas, one would have to either ask Harrison himself, or guess.
More irony is that any serious dropout druggy who read this book would likely never remember doing so in a week or two anyway. So much for art imitating life, or vise versa. The list of drugs and alcohol mixtures the bad boys consume is a form of Harrison poetry in itself. Walgreens, in its earliest years, never had a pharmacy like this.
Still, Harrison's perpetual horniness carries the boredom of another hit of meth, or whatever, clear to the end. It is a story of failures doomed for failure, and this isn't really a spoiler, since it becomes obvious from the get-go.
But there is only one Jim Harrison and his ability to juggle fishing fast moving rivers and Indian history and folklore into a Kerouac road trip is something only the master could do. Read it for that reason only.
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on January 17, 2011
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Somehow I missed reading this piece of fiction by Jim Harrison. At 170 pages, it's only a little longer than some of his novellas. But it is still a good read and, published in 1973, one of his first books of fiction to be published. It is a fine example of his early work.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2014
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I probably would have loved this book 30 years ago, back when I thought it was inexplicably cool to aimlessly waste your life away. Now that I'm much wiser and know that it's waaay cooler to waste my life reviewing inconsequential books on Amazon, not so much.

It's not bad by any means, and showcases some interesting techniques for aspiring writers and such, but your life won't suffer noticeably from missing this read.
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