This is a deeply moving book about origins and endings, about honoring life, honoring the dead, and finding redemption in unlikely places.
©2007 Jim Harrison; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Harrison's characters speak with a gripping frankness and intimacy about their own shortcomings and delve into their grief with keen sympathy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Harrison sounds the themes he has been working out over the course of his long and prolific career, including the healing power of nature and the deep connection between the sensual and the spiritual....Harrison displays a seemingly effortless ability to present abstract issues in earthy, muscular prose." (Booklist)
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Jim Harrison's novels are great American stories filled with richly drawn characters. His writing is deeply literate and honest. He writes about fundamental truths. "Returning to Earth" is a beautiful story set at the end of one man's life. It focus's with Harrison's usual poetic brilliance on how he and his extended family choose to deal with that ending. It has profound life lessons for all. Highly recommended.
The main character's reader is not cast well, and the voice is too professional-voice-over-ish to work. It's way too radio announcer-ish for me to believe he was an Indian. Additionally, the unexpected interjection of the wife's comments in a female voice are odd. I'll try this in paperback, but didn't love it in audio.
Jim Harrison is one of the greatest writers of our time. If you have not read Jim Harrison, True North, to which this is the sequel, is a good place to start. I give the performance only four stars because the first-person narrators should be from the Upper Peninsula and speak in a manner appropriate to their characters. It is unfortunate that, with most narration of fiction and autobiography, so little insight is used in casting narrators. The narrators of this book are all good; they just are not quite right for the characters.
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