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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
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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
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
Why hack? As a Yooper and Marquette resident so many of the geographical references were forced and seemed to be added to prove Harrison’s knowledge of the U.P. In short, it seemed pretentious to add so many anecdotal names and places to this work of fiction.
In the end, like all of his books the prose is beautiful a ...more
Clearly, many readers have enjoyed True North but I found the prose flabby, the story meandering and the protagonist bland.
Grove/Atlantic should take responsibility for the poor copy editing. In addition, pruning 30% of the text would enhance the pace.
Wish I could have enjoyed it 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
Sentences like the following, a couple of pages in, got me off to a bad start: “I wasn’t quite eighteen years old when I declared my intentions to Lake Superior on a stormy ...more
I'm going soon to visit my friend in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan and she said, "I recommend Jim Harrison's True North for some pre-vacation reading" so of course I picked it up from the library. Not knowing what to expect I just settled on the idea that perhaps it was some vaguely madcap lightweight fiction piece that happened to be set up there and, I don't know, maybe mentioned the city in which she lives or ...more
For me the meandering plot is True North's strength and Jim Harrison's mastery. He writes about breathing and living, not plot t ...more
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His awards include National Academy of Arts grants ...more