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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press (12 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802120113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802120113
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 701,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Brown Dog"

"Pity poor Brown Dog, the Everyman of the North Woods, whose luck would be nonexistent were it not bad. Still, Brown Dog's countenance is as cheerful as Don Quixote's was woeful. Harrison's comic hero--and in some ways alter ego--is as quixotic as they come, depending on kind winds to blow him a little money, some booze and a bit of righteous loving. . . . ["Brown Dog"] is just right. . . . Rollicking, expertly observed, beautifully written. Any new book by Harrison is cause for joy, and having all the Brown Dog stories in one place is no exception."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

Advance Praise for "Brown Dog"

"[An] essential collection . . . Brown Dog [is] a pure Harrison creation and a glorious character who will make readers howl with delight. . . . This boozy, backwoods, tree-cutting, snow-shoveling part-Native American from Michigan's Upper Peninsula wins over his audience with a bawdy, sometimes thoughtful tone. . . . Often moving, frequently funny, these 500 pages offer the best way to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with one of literature's great characters."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

"Pity poor Brown Dog, the Everyman of the North Woods, whose luck would be nonexistent were it not bad. Still, Brown Dog's countenance is as cheerful as Don Quixote's was woeful. Harrison's comic hero--and in some ways alter ego--is as quixotic as they come, depending on kind winds to blow him a little money, some booze and a bit of righteous loving. . . . ["Brown Dog"] is just right. . . . Rollicking, expertly observed, beautifully written. Any new book by Harrison is cause for joy, and having all the Brown Dog stories in one place is no exception."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"Jim Harrison's amazing late-career run continues with "Brown Dog"."--Jeff Baker, "The Oregonian"

"Brown Dog can't seem to stay out of trouble. . . . The character's observations highlight the foibles and hypocrisy of modern life. Readers new to Harrison's sagas will be happy for this full introduction. Those already familiar will find here a satisfying conclusion that leaves open the possibility for further adventures."--"Library Journal"

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A "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of 2013
What Harrison does on every page of "Brown Dog" is have fun . . . not simply for the sake of delight but because he believes delight is as close to sublimity as humans can get. . . . The great project of life, he reminds us, is to sit still long enough to appreciate it. Anthony Doerr, "The New York Times Book Review"
Brown Dog is . . . an everyman on the most fundamental level . . . vividly, evocatively, alive. . . . These novellas read like a nuanced conversation between author and character. . . . Masterful. David Ulin, "Los Angeles Times"
Harrison s writing is funny, generous, and bittersweet, with an unexpected, plain-speaking poetry. Andrea Denhoed, "New Yorker" (Online Books to Watch Out For )
There s no mistaking Harrison s signature style. . . . "Brown Dog" is rich in character and incident, rude humor and melancholy. It is both heartfelt and ruefully real. William S. Kowinski, "The San Francisco Chronicle"
The delightful and maddening character of Brown Dog . . . [is] one of Harrison s best-loved creations. . . . ["Brown Dog"] stands among Harrison s best work. Tim McNulty, "The Seattle Times "
Harrison s [prose] is exuberant. . . . I can t think of a better writer on the clash of humans and the natural world. He s a force of nature on the page. Porter Shreve, "The Washington Post "
Lovable . . . Brown Dog . . . is a big-hearted rascal who is always getting into deep trouble with the ladies, and often with the law. . . . Strong and spirited, and there is some great storytelling here. Jim Carmin, "Minneapolis Star Tribune "
Is there another novelist in the last hundred years who has developed a character as vivid as Brown Dog? . . . Mr. Harrison s . . . skill at developing and fleshing out characters into breathing beingspeople you know or once knewis remarkable. Jonathan Rickard, "New York Journal of Books"
B.D. s adventures are quirky, sometimes humorous, sometimes illegal. . . . But his simplicity is all on the surface. As Harrison artfully shows, inside B.D. roil the complexities of his past, a past that dances in ancient choreography with his presentand his future. Daniel Dyer, "The Cleveland Plain Dealer"
One of literature s great characters. . . . An essential collection from an American legend. "Publishers Weekly" (Best of 2013)
One of America s greatest writers . . . An indelible character . . . "Brown Dog" is a robust, ribald, and irreverent tribute to the idea and ideal of maximum life. David Masciotra, The Daily Beast
Rollicking comic novellas . . . Brown Dog is very much an American heronot the macho blowhard kind but the picaresque variety, a la Huck Finn. Colette Bancroft, "Tampa Bay Times"
Deeply magnetic . . . [Brown Dog] leaps off the page with the same comedy and verve that Ignatius J. Reilly does in . . . "A Confederacy of Dunces." Dimitri Nasrallah, "Toronto Star" (Canada)
One of the great characters in American literatureas American as Twain s Huck Finn or Hemingway s Nick Adams. Bruce Jacobs, "Shelf Awareness"
Pity poor Brown Dog, the Everyman of the North Woods, whose luck would be nonexistent were it not bad. Still, Brown Dog s countenance is as cheerful as Don Quixote s was woeful. . . . Rollicking, expertly observed, beautifully written. Any new book by Harrison is cause for joy, and having all the Brown Dog stories in one place is no exception. "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)"

About the Author

Jim Harrison is the author of thirty-five previous books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including Legends of the Fall, The Road Home, Returning to Earth, and The English Major. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has had work published in twenty-seven languages. Harrison lives in Montana and Arizona.


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By PDR on 2 April 2015
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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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"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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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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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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HASH(0x98c60624) out of 5 stars Our Best at his Best 19 Nov. 2013
By Sal Glynn - Published on Amazon.com
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Brown Dog, B.D. to his friends and some law officers, is a man of great heart and few needs in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He lives in deer shacks out of season in exchange for repairs, wets a line for brown trout, and generally sticks to the land except for when his taste for beer and women get the best of him. This may not seem like much to the general reader, but Harrison follows Stendahl's definition of the novel (or in his case, novellas) as "a mirror, taking a walk down a big road." Brown Dog's stories have appeared in other collections and this is the first time B.D.'s mishaps have been gathered under one cover, with a new story so Harrison's fans can catch up with what the motherless and fatherless and possibly Native American has been doing. Every reader, and that means you, who cares about literature should buy multiple copies of the this book. BROWN DOG is so American it needs to sit on bookshelves between Emerson and Thoreau. What Harrison has done is unprecedented in our dumb and ugly times: got down in print what this country and its people could be without sermonizing or sacrificing any fun. When I grow up I want to be just like Brown Dog, heroic in his pursuit of this wonderful living.
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HASH(0x98c60678) out of 5 stars A NEW AMERICAN-CLASSIC AUTHOR ??!! 7 Dec. 2013
By Robert Steven Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Never having read anything by Jim Harrison prior to this book like some of the other reviewers, I was able to judge this novella solely on its content and impact without prejudice. I rated it 5-star because it contains highly original thinking and writing style. Kind of like a modern-day Mark Twain novel. The messages and philosophy are simple and elegant. Frequently I found myself setting the book down after many passages and quietly reflecting on what I had just read. What more could you ask from a great author? I believe his work has the potential to ultimately become American classic. I'm glad I first read this author and his main character in the format provided in this printing. I just ordered one of his major novels.
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HASH(0x98cf3fc0) out of 5 stars Some day... give us new tales of Brown Dog 26 Nov. 2013
By Paul Hepner - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of Jim Harrison's since 1982 and believe I've read everything. I have hoped for a brand new Brown Dog story for years and thought I'd hit the jackpot with the release of this book. Not so. Unless I've missed something, the write up on Amazon is does not clearly identify this as a collection of previously published work. 4 stars because even in disappointment I love them all - I mean every page of every book. Thank you, Jim Harrison for years of enjoyment.
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HASH(0x98c67e04) out of 5 stars SO DAMNED GOOD 17 May 2015
By Chris Tharp - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading this book was like drinking an ice cold beer after stalking trout all day on the river: absolutely satisfying. I love Brown Dog and had read three of the novellas before pulling the trigger on this book. He's a great character and in lesser hands he would be over-romanticized, but but Harrison is a master and keeps both his feet firm on the muddy ground. I found myself laughing out loud all the time through the course of the books, especially in "Westward Ho!", where B.D. attempts to track down the fake Indian activist Lone Marten in L.A., who abandoned our hero in the San Fernando Valley and absconded with his precious bear skin.

I have been on a Harrison kick for the last eight or nine months now, somehow having missed him for the first 43 years of my life, an embarrassing gap in my reading. I now count myself as a devotee but have noticed that he often writes about moneyed characters, which rubs a bit of the luster off for me. That's why the world of the Brown Dog stories. Here Harrison really gets down and dirty with working class people, and he does it with gusto. This is exactly the kind of stuff I love to read: It's smart, original, and funny as hell. It follows a man who, despite an overfondness for booze and easy women, embodies all of the best things about America and holds the land and nature in sacred regard. Brown Dog is truly an original and I could read about his exploits all day. Easily my favorite thing Harrison has done.
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HASH(0x98d711bc) out of 5 stars Escapist comedy with male fantasy overtones 31 Dec. 2013
By Joseph B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Enjoyed these stories though not to be taken as serious literature. Found them to be funny though with a hard edge of poverty and quite a bit of male sexual fantasy (BD never seems to meet any woman between ages of 18 and 70 who does not excite him and they all seem to appreciate his advances). Well written, reminded me of Carl Hiaasen comedy novels of crazies in South Florida.
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