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Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison
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Apr 30, 2011

it was amazing
Read from April 22 to 30, 2011

I originally bought this book because Brad Pitt looks so darn handsome on the cover, but it turns out the novellas within are actually pretty good. That and "Revenge," the first book in the collection, has been recommended to me by many, many people, and I've finally got around to reading it, and will now tell everyone how great it is as though I'm the first person to discover it.

Harrison manages to pack a novel's worth of book into about 100 pages for each story, which is probably one of the least original things to say about this book, but remains true nonetheless. "Revenge" and "Legends" are both masterpieces, of economy of language and storytelling alike - the pace for each book is fast, almost relentless, but it never feels like a treatment of a larger work. There's definitely a Hemingwayish odor to a lot of it, but the tough-guy-in-the-wilderness stories were just what I was looking for right now. Harrison has been hanging on the edge of my radar for a long time, and I'm glad I finally took the plunge.

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