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Legends of the Fall | [Jim Harrison]

Legends of the Fall

Set in the Rocky Mountains, Legends of the Fall is the epic tale of three brothers and their lives of passion, madness, exploration, and danger at the beginning of World War I. In Revenge, love causes the course of a man's life to be savagely and irrevocably altered. And in The Man Who Gave Up His Name, a man named Nordstrom is unable to relinquish his consuming obsessions with women, dancing, and food.
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Publisher's Summary

From one of America's most versatile and celebrated writers, Legends of the Fall is Jim Harrison's classic trilogy of epic novellas.

The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels - Legends of the Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name - confirmed Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, adding up to an extraordinary vision of the twentieth-century man.

Set in the Rocky Mountains, Legends of the Fall is the epic tale of three brothers and their lives of passion, madness, exploration, and danger at the beginning of World War I. In Revenge, love causes the course of a man's life to be savagely and irrevocably altered. And in The Man Who Gave Up His Name, a man named Nordstrom is unable to relinquish his consuming obsessions with women, dancing, and food.

©1980 Jim Harrison (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 06-29-14
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Cello music"

    I chose this book because I have watched “Legends of the Fall” movie countless times, and because Mark Bramhall is one of my favorite narrators. Ranking the three novellas, I thought “Legends” was the best overall story, “Revenge” the one that affected me the deepest, and “The Man Who Gave Up His Name” the least relatable (making it 4 stars instead of 5). If you are already familiar with “Legends” and “Revenge” from their movies, know that the source stories told here are not straight repeats, but still wonderfully written. “Revenge” in particular provided strong characters in Cochran and Tibby.

    Strongly masculine tales, there is a common thread of midlife self-doubt and sense of loss that could become depressing if Harrison’s writing was less masterful. If the stories had a soundtrack, it would be the beautiful but melancholy music of the cello – expressing a soulful yearning that communicates to the reader. Bramhall's reading ensures the cello is pitch perfect. I loved the stories, admired the writing, and will likely look for more of Harrison’s offerings.

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    CGJ Seattle, WA United States 04-13-15
    CGJ Seattle, WA United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Beautiful. Descriptive. Raw. Real."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Legends of the Fall to be better than the print version?

    Different. Not better. Each medium has its own beauty.


    What other book might you compare Legends of the Fall to and why?

    "A River Runs Through it". Masculine. Outdoors. Wilderness. Hunting & fishing in nature and love of being IN nature and how it's so closely related to our human survival. Jim Harrison's "True North" is another one that comes to mind. Other ones are "All the Pretty Horses" and "Lonesome Dove". Loved these books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tristan saw Decker again, they "lifted" each other. Guys bear hugs. True affection & friendship. They work outside building and making things with their hands that are necessary for themselves and their families to survive on the ranch.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Harrison's work in the late 70's are superb. I did not like some of this later works. Some scenes were too graphic for me - I do realize it's probably because there was no sugar coating - which I appreciate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Wright Novi, Mi USA 10-23-14
    Kris Wright Novi, Mi USA 10-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Does not keep interest"
    What would have made Legends of the Fall better?

    Better story line.


    Has Legends of the Fall turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone. Did not engage in the story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Legends of the Fall?

    Hard to tell, so bad I did not finish


    Any additional comments?

    nothing further

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Definately not Legends of the falls the movie!!"
    What did you like best about Legends of the Fall? What did you like least?

    This was bought on the premise of it being the same as the move The legends of the falls however it has nothing whatsoever to do with it. It is totally different .


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