The Ancient Minstrel

The Ancient Minstrel


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A collection of novellas from the New York Times -bestselling author--"arguably America's foremost master of the novella . . . A force of nature on the page" ( The Washington Post ).

The Mark Twain Award-winning author of Legends of the Fall delivers three novellas that highlight his phenomenal range as a writer, shot through with his trademark wit and keen insight into the human condition.

Harrison has fun with his own reputation in the title novella, about an aging writer in Montana who weathers the slings and arrows of literary success and tries to cope with the sow he buys on a whim and the unplanned litter of piglets that follows soon after. In Eggs , a Montana woman reminisces about collecting eggs at her grandparents' country house. Years later, having never had a child, she attempts to do so. And in The Case of the Howling Buddhas , retired Detective Sunderson--a recurring character from Harrison's New York Times bestseller The Great Leader and The Big Seven --is hired to investigate a bizarre cult that achieves satori by howling along with howler monkeys at the zoo.

"Still independent, fierce and feral," The Ancient Minstrel confirms Jim Harrison as one of the most cherished and important writers in modern America (David Gates, The New York Times ).
Publisher: New York :, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.,, 2016
ISBN: 9780802190215
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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May 14, 2016

I'm rating this one at three stars only because of "Eggs", one of the three novellas, the other two being not up to much. Catherine, the protagonist of "Eggs" is a very appealing character and although her life is unremarkable, it's a very warm, human, appealing story. As I work my way through Harrison's books, I find a distinct pattern: His female characters are far more likeable and their stories more engaging. His male creations all seem to be varying versions of himself or at least to feature some aspect of Harrison's persona; and almost without exception, they come across as self-indulgent jerks.
It may be a long time before I continue with some other of his works.

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