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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'm an accountant. I don't review Books. Having an apparent bout of displacement activity at work. Jim Harrison is one of my favorite Authors. The stories absorb you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ron Bero
Harrison portrays the range of emotion of one inclined toward depression and constant introspection very well. This theme runs deeply through many of his books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jefechinche
I don't know why he isn't in the discussion for best American authors.Published 8 months ago by Robert Smith
I am late to the dance with Harrison. I somehow made it over four decades through life without reading a word, which is a wonderful thing really, since I now get to discover and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chris Tharp
Harrison still remains one of the top American story tellers!Published 11 months ago by brian r mahany
A jumbled up mess that is hard to follow. I kept waiting for it to get better. It never did.Published 15 months ago by Richard Wainright