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Legends of the Fall (1979)

by Jim Harrison

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Jim Harrison is not the kind of writer I expected him to be. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe the film versions of these stories were too cemented into my mind to allow room for anything else. The book has three novellas – Revenge, The Man Who Gave Up His Name, and Legends of the Fall, two of which were made into films. The stories in those two films were fluid, and the characters rich. But the novellas are disjointed and flat.

Bottom Line: Harrison’s novellas are not what you’d expect from the film versions of these stories – and that’s a bad thing.

2 bones!!!!! ( )
  blackdogbooks | Feb 24, 2017 |
These three short novels each describe tumultuous and often violent changes in men's lives. Harrison excelled at portraying full-blooded characters, richly detailing their lives and circumstances. ( )
  bkinetic | Jan 5, 2017 |
This book is listed as one of the books that a male needs to read. Yes, OK. the three novellas,, Revenge, The Man Who Gave Up His Name, and Legends are each memorable in their own way. They're all about revenge of one sort or another...growing up too. Sometimes, that took a whole lifetime. The three stories were good ones and I'd look for more Harrison. ( )
  buffalogr | Jul 22, 2016 |
1. easy to figure out the title but 2 + 3 have no idea what the titles mean. ( )
  mahallett | May 11, 2015 |
I enjoyed my first adventure into Jim Harrison's writing, reading three novellas under the title of the most famous one, The Legends of the Fall. Each story was about 90 pages which made for an interesting new genre. Harrison's writing in these stories, Revenge, The Man Who Gave Up His Name, and of course , Legends, is descriptive and certainly alpha male. Each of the main characters is Bond-like in their actions and charisma. The stories have much more action than I usually read, but the violence included was clean , sharp and seemingly warranted or welcomed. Harrison could have named the stories Revenge because that is certainly a theme. In the opening story, Revenge, Cochran, an ex jet fighter pilot, is introduced as a near dead body that the vultures are investigating. His revenge is the culmination of his one true love. In the next story Nordstrom's revenge is almost a mid life crisis, an adventure that convinces the disillusioned protagonist that it's time to more on. In Legends, Tristan's revenge against the Germans who killed his brother ignites the beginning of his troubled life of love and loss. I enjoyed the writing and would be interested in pursuing other works of this author. I also enjoyed reading about Harrison, who has spent his life enjoying his bad habits and has very definite opinions about food. See the link below:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/25/books/25harr.html ( )
  novelcommentary | May 9, 2015 |
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The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels — Legends Of The Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name — confirmed Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, adding up to an extraordinary vision of the twentieth-century man.

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Three novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when they feel threatened.

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