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True North by [Harrison, Jim]
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If the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, what should a son do to provide moral recompense? In Harrison's earnest, initially riveting new novel, narrator David Burkett decides as a teenager in the 1960s that he must rectify the ecological damage done to his beloved Upper Peninsula area of Michigan by his rapacious timber baron ancestors. More immediately, he vows to tell the world about the rapes and abuses committed by his alcoholic father, a charismatic Yale graduate with an egregious sense of entitlement. After a foray into organized religion, David finds spiritual solace in the stark natural world, described by Harrison in soaring prose. Unable to sustain emotional connection with any woman other than his older sister, David has brief liaisons with four women, but he feels more pain over the death of his dog than of his marriage. Meanwhile, he spends decades working on a history of his despised family, only to realize that he is a dud as a writer. By this time, he's in his late 30s, a man who has never achieved maturity because his father hangs like an albatross around his neck. A master of surprise endings (Dalva, etc.), Harrison pulls off a bravura climax when David attempts to reconcile with his feckless father. By this time, though, the reader may have tired of the monochromatic narrative, composed mainly of David's anguished introspection and depressed dreams. Still, Harrison's tragic sense of history and his ironic insight into the depravities of human nature are as potent as ever and bring deeper meaning to his (eventually) redemptive tale.
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True North,” says the Boston Globe, “has its moments,” which sums up general reaction to this novel. Almost everyone found something to like, be it the passionate narration or the novel’s strong sense of place. However, most reviewers also found serious flaws. While some praised Harrison’s writing, a few pointed out its sloppiness. And nearly all were frustrated with the novel’s structure, complaining that Harrison reveals key events too early and allows the story to founder as Burkett painstakingly searches his soul. Harrison has called American readers “grotesquely plot-oriented,” and those who fit this description should avoid his newest novel. But for those who don’t mind a long walk through the woods, there’s True North.

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.


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  • File Size: 1285 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (December 1, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005012GRE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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