Jim Harrison is one of America’s most beloved and critically acclaimed authors, and this collection of novellas is Harrison at his most memorable - a brilliant rendering of two men striving to find their way in the world, written with freshness, abundant wit, and profound humanity.
In "The Land of Unlikeness", 60-year-old art history academic Clive - a failed artist, divorced and grappling with the vagaries of his declining years - reluctantly returns to his family’s Michigan farmhouse to visit his aging mother. The return to familiar territory triggers a jolt of renewal - of ardor for his high school love, of his relationship with his estranged daughter, and of his own lost love of painting. In the title story, "The River Swimmer", Harrison ventures into the magical as an Upper Peninsula farm boy is irresistibly drawn to the water as an escape and sees otherworldly creatures there. Faced with the injustice and pressure of coming of age, he takes to the river and follows its siren song all the way across Lake Michigan.
The River Swimmer is a striking portrait of two richly drawn, profoundly human characters and an exceptional reminder of why Jim Harrison is one of the most cherished and important writers at work today.
Cosa ne pensano gli iscritti
- Doctor George
There are some beautiful passages and images of nature. Sort of a strange story that doesn't have a solid plot line. Narrator has an almost sarcastic tone and is not very good at women's voices, but has a certain dignity that gives the book strength. Parts of story are magical realism and parts are gritty human interaction, some quite violent. It both frustrated and amazed my and was ultimately worth listening to.
Get into the River and let the current do the rest
If you could sum up The River Swimmer in three words, what would they be?
Liquid, Libations, Life,
What other book might you compare The River Swimmer to and why?
Siddhartha, ? The journey, but with the substance of body, surprises and desire, getting you down the river of life, not abstinence and suffering
What does Traber Burns bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His absolute guy voice
If you could take any character from The River Swimmer out to dinner, who would it be and why?
The Painter Suzanne
Any additional comments?
If you have ever loved rivers and lakes, its a great trip !