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Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison
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Nov 27, 2011

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I don't really have a hard and fast opinion on this one. It was just kinda ENHHHH. The book is, in fact, a collection of three short stories all of which are fairly good. For me, there was a definate period of adaptation needed to adjust to the mechanics of Harrison's prose. He seems to dislike commas a great deal and many of his sentences are just clumsy word trains and I had to re-read many sentences just to grasp his meaning. In general, I found the stories to be heavy on meaning and light on plot and none of the three really resonated with me. Of the three stories, I disliked the title story the most as I found it tedious. There were many passages I found ridiculously boring and they did little to balance out the remaining passages which were just an average amount of boring. I think this is the type of book that will appeal to certain types of micro-analyzing readers. I am not such a reader. I like 'thought-provoking' but I hate to feel I must dig so deeply into a story to try and justify to myself why I spent the time reading it. I guess the bottom line is this, it was decent, well written but the enjoyment factor was nil.

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