The solace Harrison finds in the natural world is most compelling, and it could be said he, too, shares Frost's "lover's quarrel with the world." After losing an eye at an early age and sinking into melancholy, Harrison's father advised that "curiosity will get you through hard times when nothing else will. Your curiosity had to be strong enough to lift you out of your self-sunken mudbath, the violent mixture of hormones, injuries, melancholy, and dreams of a future you not only couldn't touch but could scarcely see." These words were not lost on Harrison. With "no expertise outside of [his] own imagination" Harrison plays to his strengths in Off to the Side by setting down the events, experiences, thoughts, and feelings that have shaped his quite literate, truly American life. --Michael Ferch --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I discovered this author less than year ago and have managed to obtain most all of his books.
I am trying to think about which of his books that I would recommend to read... Read more
I read, but I am not well read. My knowledge of literature and poetry especially is so limited as to be non-existent. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. M. Hodges
Let me preface this by saying that I like Jim Harrison as a writer. And he is also a pretty interesting human being. Read morePublished 14 months ago by TroutChaser
Harrison's memoir is well worth reading.He manages to keep the reader's interest, even if a person has no interest in his interests. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Virginia C. Selanik
fresh air in a one size fits all mental midget world we live in. i highly recommend this book to youPublished 20 months ago by Bill Wallace
After falling in love with Harrison's fiction (True North, the novellas in Legends of the Fall,) I was eager to read this memoir that a friend - another Harrison lover - loaned me. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Colleen O'Neill Conlan
Being originally from the Osceola/Reed City area I was pleased with the descriptiveness of his youth and the opening of the story. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by jdalton
This is a book that not only reaches deep into your soul, it also contains universal truths, along with humour and astute advice for any reader eager to read a master.
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