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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (3 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148295270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482952704
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 5.1 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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"

Praise for "Brown Dog"
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)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Complexity of a Simple Man, or How to Succeed in Life by Going Backward 14 May 2014
By Immer - Published on Amazon.com
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Jim Harrison’s “Brown Dog” is a collection of his six novellas about the title character. I have read all the preceding stories about Brown Dog, and save one, enjoyed them thoroughly. Having all novellas together in chronological order is a convenience for fans of Harrison’s Brown Dog, and the opportunity for those who have not yet been introduced to Harrison to have all said novellas beneath one roof.

Enjoying Jim Harrison, metaphorically, is like enjoying a glass of good whiskey. Not everyone enjoys whiskey, nor will everyone enjoy Harrison’s style. Brown Dog may not be the most “enlightened” character one will ever read about, but in his simplistic life, one can only go along for the roller coaster ride of the seeming calamity that appears to encompass his very being. Brown Dog lives to fish, drink, and chase women, but if one reads between the lines, his life is not one obsessed with fishing, drinking and womanizing. Something else much deeper materializes and Harrison makes this available to the reader through his prose. Other than Tom McGuane, I have not found an author in their league, with the knack for taking me from my world, and putting me within the parameters of their story, and in the world of their characters.

The last novella ties the loose ends of Brown Dog’s life together. As a collection, the world of Brown Dog is filled with ribaldry, tragic-comic characters, and a propensity for getting himself into situations that might prove to be a train wreck for most folks. Yet, within the simplicity of where Brown Dog finds contentedness in life allows him to come out on top, even though it seems he takes two steps backward for every step forward. Not for everyone’s taste, but for those who relish Harrison’s style, and the of-the-earth characters whom he creates, a rich and compelling collection of stories to be savored.
4.0 out of 5 stars Story of a bum. 17 July 2016
By Warren W. Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting story although it went on a little too long for me. Harrison at times is repetitious but I suppose the could be part of his style. Cormack McCarthy does the same thing at times. Wonderful scenes, clever analogy's and realistic and sometimes not lovable characters throughout the book.
I like it because for the most part the language was clear and easy to read, which, to my simple mind, is what most reading is all about. I am not really competent to write reviews of books.
But then, from what I have seen in some fairly snooty venues, neither are a lot of others.
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4.0 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.
3.0 out of 5 stars but now that I've read all six stories I realize the two of them are far superior to the other four 18 May 2016
By Ed Velie - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a Brown Dog fan, but now that I've read all six stories I realize the two of them are far superior to the other four. The photographer in "Brown Dog" and the scriptwriter in "Westward Ho" are both eccentric and offset BD's hilarious boorishness extremely well. On the whole the book was an fun read and I do recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and funny as usual 15 Nov. 2014
By whitney - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic and funny as usual! This is a compilation I have dreamed of seeing for years and finally it has come together in fruition in the Brown Dog: Novellas. Although the original story in which Brown Dog carts around the frozen dead Indian chief is still the pinnacle of the collection, reading all the Novellas in succession creates a very enjoyable biography of this amusing character. This collection is a must read/have for any fan of Jim Harrison and his character, Brown Dog.
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