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greatest living American writer. (period),
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This review is from: The River Swimmer: Novellas (Kindle Edition)As I read in another review, I am also savoring this new ebook slowly....otherwise I'll gobble it down in a few hours!
I majored in Literature and am an avid reader---having read everything from Shakespeare to Stephen King, etc. etc. I LOVE GREAT WRITING! I was reading some of the first of two novellas (he's the MASTER of this form....Legends of the Fall, etc.) aloud to a young friend, and she was floored by Harrison's style and his penetrating insights into human nature AND the natural world.
So far I've read only 40 pages ( i'm trying to go slow)....but I've read many of his books twice, and I can tell this is Harrison at his best. I wish there was another writer out there as good. but, alas, there is not. I love a very wide range of writers-the list is too long to put here.
Do yourself a huge favor by reading any or all of Jim Harrison's books. This one is a good start. Outside Mag. said the second of the 2 novellas is the best.....yet the first is fantastic so far. 100 years from now students will be taking Lit classes on this man. He's huge in France and widely translated. Simply put-the best writer alive.