Monday, August 16, 2010

Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison

Legends of the Fall is a book of three novellas, one of which inspired the 1990s Brad Pitt film of the same name. This work is a bit dry, in my opinion. It is great for building vocabulary, but all but eh most seasoned adult reader might want to have a dictionary on hand when reading this. The events are told in a very factual, straight forward manner that feels more like reading a documentary than a work of fiction. The movie changes the story significantly, making it probably much more appealing to a modern audience. The concepts are ahead of their time, and the events of the stories interesting, but the style of telling is too "straight to the point" for my personal taste. Those that find fanciful, highly descriptive stories to be too "fluffy", however, might find this book very refreshing.

Review by Sheila Hall

1 comment:

Should Fish More said...

I've liked almost anything Harrison has written, just re-read "The Raw and the Cooked", and "Dalva" is one of the best books I have read. Like Harrison, I share a fascination with food, and regional cooking.