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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; First Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802119700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802119704
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The Great Leader carbonates page after page after page. You might go so far as to compare it to Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. Or…Ted Williams, much the better hitter…[Or] Willie Mays. Mays was a magic act, but the kind that left you with the feeling that the miraculous stuff surprised him too. And that’s where Harrison fits in, 30-odd books down the road—his own shelf in the library—and you can still feel the excitement every time he pulls something new out of his ear. Which pretty much happens on every page he writes.” —Pete Dexter, The New York Times Book Review

“The Harrison Legend…has only grown …. Harrison has outlasted those critics who initially wrote him off as a Hemingway-derived regionalist, and at times he has been as successful as a modern American writer can possibly be…. The Great Leader is hugely enjoyable—Harrison is probably incapable of writing a novel that is not enjoyable.…The language…remains stunning.’” —Tom Bissell, Outside Magazine

“Jim Harrison brings his established fascination with the rugged places of the natural world, the pleasures of good food and the persistence of sexual desire to this sometimes playful, often poignant story of one man's twilight quest for redemption…. Jim Harrison's latest leaves no doubt he still has much that's fresh, entertaining and thoughtful to say.” —Harvey Freedenberg, Shelf Awareness

The lyrical narrative cascades between dark comedy and revelation and, though it plows familiar soil, could be among Harrison’s more rewarding in years.” —Ted Roelofs, The Grand Rapids Press

“Jim Harrison conjures The Great Leader of a bizarre hedonistic cult.” —Vanity Fair

“A mountain, a mess and an agonized moralist, Detective Sunderson makes this mock-epic one of the most memorable tales of contemporary master Harrison…Wounds-and-all portrait of a lion in winter, beleaguered but still battling.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[The] cat-and-mouse game between the two main characters is used effectively to explore the intrinsic tensions between the universal truths of justice, religion and morality … A classic Harrison novel, complete with humorous and introspective characters.” —Joshua Finnell, Library Journal

“Comic backwoods noir … [T]he story’s motifs of lust and power, sex and death resonate.” —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jim Harrison is the author of over thirty-one books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including Legends of the Fall, The Road Home, The English Major, and The Farmer’s Daughter. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and The New York Times. He has earned a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Spirit of the West Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association.

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Customer Reviews

In short,a great writer.
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Harrison's writing resonates with me, and always has.
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Not that much he thinks, says, or does is worthwhile.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Rett01 VINE VOICE on September 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Something less than a rant, Jim Harrison's "The Great Leader" reads like the ruminations of a randy old geezer who hasn't lost his sexual itch and is struggling to come to terms with his fading prowess while lamenting lost love.

Fact is, though, unless you've already finished Harrison's previous two novels "The Farmers Daughter" (2009) and "The English Major" (2008), you've probably never experienced rumination that's this erudite and passionate on so many subjects and as satisfying as a good day fishing the riffles on a favorite trout stream.

Harrison is preoccupied with many of the same issues as essayist Edward Hoagland whose meditations in "Sex and the River Styx" cover much of the same ground - nature, sex and mortality. But Hoagland tends to lament while Harrison is most often exuberant and inclined to look for the hilarity often entwined with the absurdities of life.

Harrison's latest is another of his good reads, especially if you're a male who like his main character Simon Sunderson, suffers from advanced middle age (he's 65), has a gourmand's appetite and is still wrestling with a tickly libido. If that's you, "The Great Leader" is pitch-perfect in its rendering of your often perplexed state of mind and your woeful physical disintegration.

The further he slips into geezerhood, the randier Harrison seems to get. The book plants itself on the other end of the spectrum from prissy. If you thought "The English Major" indelicate in any way, I'd suggest passing on "The Great Leader." Sex inherently lends itself to comedy but at some point what's bawdy becomes raunchy. Harrison isn't there yet, but with each new novel he seems to be getting closer.

A thread of narrative weaves through the "Great Leader.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a divorced police detective in Marquette, Michigan, Sunderson's life is generally sedate. The kind of crime that requires detective work is far from rampant in the Upper Peninsula. His hobbies include trout fishing and surreptitiously watching a teen neighbor arise naked from her bed each morning. Sunderson is sure he would cut off his own hands before touching the girl "but then he wondered how one would go about cutting off his own hands." Every ten days a married woman visits Sunderson for sex. Sunderson considers "what it would be like to be full of firm moral resolve" but clearly that's an experience he will never have.

Sunderson's final investigation before retirement involves a cult leader (known to the cult's members as the Great Leader but adopting the name Dwight as his most recent alias) who was rumored to have been sexually involved with minors before apparently faking his death. Unsuccessful in his attempt to locate the culprit, Sunderson decides to flee from his home after his retirement party (where he is chagrined to learn that his inappropriate behavior with a dancing girl -- who happens to be a potential witness against Dwight -- was seen by the other attendees). Sunderson travels to Arizona where he takes up a new hobby: investigating "the crime of religion," which amounts to searching for Dwight. There he meets more women: Lucy, who reminds him a bit too much of Diane, his ex-wife; and Melissa, a nurse whose protective brother is a drug lord. His time in the Southwest gives Sunderson ample opportunity to ruminate about his failures and obsessions, an occupation he continues after his return to the U.P.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Koerner on September 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jim Harrison is the greatest living writer in America because of his deep communion with American landscapes and his amazing ability of being able to interiorize the natural world, and then express in words that which is beyond words. Balanced by his no-nonsense background and love of nature, Harrison is both deceptively simple and deceptively elegant in his appreciation for the basic and finer things of life - hunting, fishing, cooking, drinking, eating, literature, and human sexuality. He sees through mankind's absurd notion of being superior to the earth and other species, while at the same time honoring our eternal quest for knowledge and wisdom. In "The Great Leader", Harrison eloquently reveals that humans are often nothing more than insane bipedal apes and that we also have the ability to correct our insanity by awakening to our deep and original connection to the living universe. Every new book he writes is a testament to this man's greatness. Jim Harrison is a National Treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kate on June 13, 2013
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I usually love Jim Harrison's phrasing and thoughtful prose and meandering story lines. That is not the problem with this book...the real issue I have is that it is a truely boring story. We never really find out enough about the cult, is it a detective novel or just a testement to the lechery of an old men over a 15 yr. old. very disappointing at best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hooper on June 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book purports to be about the search to stop a cult leader. It is actually a boring stream of consciousness and mindless meanderings from a retired detective who struggles to adjust to retired life. Of course the author included plenty of gratuitous sex. Boring!
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