Jim Harrison Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Jim Harrison Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

What is perhaps most striking about Jim Harrison’s novels is the range of emotions they encompass. While in his early fiction he assumes a masculine point of view and revels in violence and debauchery, he is able to capture the romantic spirit that energizes hisprotagonists. He also avoids the bathetic trap that undermines the artistry of so many novels written from an aggressively male perspective. His central characters, in works such as Brown Dog, Legends of the Fall, and Wolf, though often wantonly callous in their attitudes toward women, are propelled by a youthful wanderlust and are always extremely affable. In his later novels, some of his characters display a type of compassion, love, and...

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