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Brown Dog: Novellas
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on 18 December 2013
"Brown Dog: Novellas" by Jim Harrison is a collection of short works which are connected by the main character Brown Dog, one of those literature anti-heroes who besides loving women and drink, truly lives as though every day is his last.

Jim Harrison who is best-selling and beloved writer in US, created his Indian character more than twenty years ago and since then follows his adventures mostly in Michigan where he was born and live, and across America.

Brown Dog grew up without parents that abandoned him, being raised by his grandfather that was an experience which affected his way of relating to people and desire for solitude only then feeling happy.
He lives in deer shacks during the time when deer season is closed, paying with his work performing needed repairs, working just enough to have much time for fishing, and generally likes to stay in the countryside where he feels comfortable.
But his vices, women and alcohol, often force him to wrong decisions...

These stories which are for the first time gathered and published in a single edition enable reader to learn about the culture and life of the Native Americans, and although they can be read separately literary pleasure is more distinctive if they're read as a whole, given that their action connect one to the other.

Therefore, if you previously read some of Harrison Brown Dog stories, but especially if you haven't read any, this nice compilation of all of his adventures in one book together with latest novel "He Dog" is absolutely recommended.
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on 1 January 2014
I enjoyed much of the book with so many insightful lessons and the simple and poetic flow of the narration and dialogue. Jim Harrison's style, compactness of his stories and intelligence in his writing, especially in this book makes him a distinguished writer and author. Enjoy stories written in this style such as Chekhov's Ward No. 6 and Other Stories, and Chando's The Usurper: and Other Stories. I am waiting for more of Jim Harrison's stories.
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on 2 April 2015
Love these stories. Only one new one here which I assume was intended to go into the river swimmer which ended up being a collection of two stories rather than his usual 3. Harrison is one of the best writers in the US now, a master of language. Good to have these stories grouped together. There is a melancholic humour to these stories which draw you in.
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on 16 January 2015
A wonderful collection of novellas. Even if you have read the individual stories in collections over the years it was a joy to read them all together. There is also a new BD novella printed for the first time in this collection. It is worth the price of the book for that story alone.
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