Here, young David Burkett IV, coming from a family with great wealth on both sides, takes it as his life's mission to understand and fully examine how his forbears, land barons who logged and mined in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, exploi...more
True North is the story of a family torn apart and a man engaged in profound reckoning with the damage scarred into the American soil. The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a father who is a malevolent force more than a father, and a mother made vague and n...more
We join our protagonist, David Burkett...more
True North begins with a three-quarters page italicized prologue that feels right away like an (the?) ending. Occurring in the dawn hours after an awful act of violence, the short scene is sad, disturbing, and quite pos...more
This book is about a third or fourth genration family which since the grandfathers have not had to do a stich of work. The family make their killing on both lumber and mining in Upper Michigan in the 19 and early 20th century. The main charater is the son, DAvid, who at the beginning of the story is about 14. This kid is being raised (or merely exists...more
The characterization was wonderful, though I would certainly hope to not be any of the characters i...more
"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 painstak...more
I have just finished the book and I am not sure how I feel about it. I was a good book, at least I didn't tire of reading it, but I never found myself truly liking the protagonist (D...more
I liked it. Maybe it's the familiar northern Michigan towns and landscape, or...more
1. The character development is superb, and Harrison writes people so well without even trying. The main character describes himself as a more self-aware, mature Holden Caulfield at one point, and I was thinking the same thing l...more
I am not one to memorize lines from anything. Not Shakespeare, not the Bible, not anything! However, the one line that I have committed to memory comes from this book:
"I always found peculiar my fathers propensity to lie even when nothing was at stake."
It's lines like that, which are peppered throughout this masterpiece, that prove that Jim Harrison is a master.
One device I like was that each section started with a chapter that described where he was in his life and the remaining chapters in that section told of how he got there.
I enjoyed the different characters and the complexities of each with the exception of the father, who is...more
There was too much sex in the story, and the authors view on religion was neither bad nor good but rather tossed aside as an after thought which bugged me. Religion is necessary, either the hate or love of God drives most lives- apathy is short liv...more
If you think you or your family has problems, read this novel - it'll change your mind. The ending is one of the best and most twisted I have ever come across.
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His awards include National Academy of Arts grants...more