As he did in the earlier book, the author passes the narrative baton from one character to another. There are five highly individual voices at work, including not only Dalva's own but that of her grandfather, mother, and son. This makes for a dense, Rashomon-like structure, in which events are revisited by one generation after another and truth is a relative thing--in every sense of the word. Harrison leavens this spiraling saga with splendid passages about everything from the Lakota Sioux to bird hunting, from the complexities of art to the simplicities of the wandering life: "There's a sweet, vaguely scary feeling in disappearance," notes Dalva's son, Nelse. And as always, the author can convey both the surprising beauty of a landscape and an almost suffocating sense of its abundance. "It is neither more nor less endurable in May," says Dalva of the lilac-encircled family cemetery, "when it is enshrouded by the heavy-scented purple and white flowers, a smell that on warm evenings is so dense as to be almost visible.... The sound of the crickets arrived one by one until they were a chorus, and if you walked down the gravel road toward the Niobrara the frogs from the lower, marshy areas were so loud as to be barely endurable." --Bob Brandeis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I wished the book could go on forever, so I read slowly towards the end.
I've been reading a lot of Harrison lately ( in fact ,nearly all his prose) and I must say that this is the best of the bunch.
Very few writers take the time to bestow characters in nature as Harrison does; and the reader is thankful for his time taking.
A jumbled up mess that is hard to follow. I kept waiting for it to get better. It never did.Published 3 months ago by Richard Wainright
This is the best of the many Harrison novels I have read. His sense of place and development of both character and story line is exquisite.Published 5 months ago by susan g rosen
Read this to satisfy my craving for more of the family history of the Northridges after reading Dalva. Read morePublished 8 months ago by clay
This is not a book in its "normal " sense. This is a beautyfull flowing river of ideas and thoughts and happenings, about life and our role in it and in everything that... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bordeaux Dogue
I bought this book after a casual mention of it from another book review I read some time ago. Like that of another reviewer, I too, put the book down after reading the first few... Read morePublished 9 months ago by D.Beyer
I read this and was absorbed into the story. You have to read Dalva first though. I wished the book could go on forever, so I read slowly towards the end.Published 13 months ago by femannine
I've read a few essays by Jim Harrison, and enjoyed them, but this was my first of his novels, and I have to say I put in the time to read it all even when I just wanted to be done... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Adam P
A continuation of the characters in Dalva with more backstory details. It is a major American masterpiece that reflects the influence of Faulkner. Read morePublished 18 months ago by abbeysbooks