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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (April 15, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385291604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385291606
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Samien Schoen on June 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was my first bite into the words of Harrison, and I quickly bought three more of his afterwards. Wolf is not so much about Harrison's hero searching for the beast, but of him searching to find himself in the reality he has thrown himself into over the years. Drying himself off of bourbon and physical and mental loves over the years, while reminiscing over his well travelled youth. With humor and words that are true to the way we speak and think. Sometimes he'll ramble in newfound dreams while walking alone through the woods, where it's hard to follow, but its interesting to see inside his mind during these times. We truly follow his train of thought, which is important in understanding and relating to the man. Harrison's world lives in all of us...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yasmin H. McEwen on August 5, 2007
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Wolf for me came after many other Jim Harrison reads. I hesitate to give this novel three stars because inherently Harrison has proven capable of so much more. Truthfully, as a Harrison read it falls far short of his standard. That said, this book is a must read for any Jim Harrison fan. More than anything it is a glimpse into one of America's finest writers beginning hours. This is an up close snapshot of someone feeling oats, marking the page; the tell tale signs of greatness truly are there. It is impossible to ignore Harrisons sense of humor, physical descriptions, and internal dialogue of wisdom. He back tracks with deft pencil strokes weaving the reader in and out of the labrynth of the mind. Granted, the reader has to wade through some interesting sludge to get there, but no matter. More than anything I got a hearty laugh from some interesting narrations and wondered to myself how its possible for a man to include so much bad sex, truly bad sex in one novel and still get it published. I not only blanched, I put the book down to get past some less than poetic riffs on the human act. Ahem. But Harrison is so much better than Kerouac, dare I say it, in his ability to become one with the earth and dare I even go there, he gives Hemingway a run for his money at times. At times. Yes, this novel barely deserves the three stars that I'm giving it; however, for the avid Harrison reader, they are duly deserved. The back and forth wilderness trampings laced with the traveling memoir are effective and again, this work bears the mark of a master. In the end it is lovely to see one progress in such a grand fashion. I hope at least that Harrison can look back and say that he is proud.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1998
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Harrison's first novel is a great book. It shadows the irrevrant character of the novelist himself. From the purpose of the trip [to see wolves] to the final gorging of food in Ishpeming, Harrison takes one on a roller coaster of emotions all bundled up in the persona of a modern man trapped in a world he doesn't understand and that has long foresaken him. Wolf is a must read for Harrrison fans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1998
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This novel is one of Harrison's finest; the prose reads like poetry and the protagonist lives poetry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley L Kautz on January 5, 2015
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Curious book. Not sure what to make of it. I liked it. A memoir, of sorts, by the author of Legends of the Fall. I had not read any of his work previously but picked this up used primarily on the strength of the movie made from Legends.

A memoir, likely with a significant amount of truth in the wrapping of fiction, describing early adulthood from a point ten to fifteen years down the road, frequently moving back-and-forth between past and present. I enjoyed the book, although it will not be for everyone. Will read Harrison again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith on December 20, 2013
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I'd recommend the book to anyone who is a fan of Harrison's writing. Jumps around a bit but is certainly a "I can relate to that" book.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lev Montav on May 29, 2002
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Under The Volcano in the deep and dark Michigan woods...Great writing from a great, underappreciated writer. Harrison knows how to hunt with the best of the hairy chesters, but he also knows how to cook. He knows how to tell the plain truth and wax rhapsodic about the stalking the lonesome.
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