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Good Day to Die Paperback – 1 Oct 1981
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Their plans were conceived in a drunken excitement and resulted in more horror than any of them could have imagined. There was the poet able to retreat into beatific reveries of superb fishing in cold, fast streams; the Vietnam vet consumed by uppers, downers and violence; and the girl who loved only one of them -- at first. With their ideals ostensibly in order, they set out from Florida to save the Grand Canyon from a dam they believed was being built. Along with the tapedeck for the car, the liquor and the drugs, there was also a case of dynamite. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
They were an unlikely trio: a poet with a tendency to lapse into beatific reveries of superb fishing in cold, fast streams, a Vietnam veteran consumed by uppers, downers and violence and a girl who loved only one of them – at first. With plans conceived during the madness of one long drunken night, the three of them leave Florida, driving west to buy a case of dynamite, determined to save the Grand Canyon from a dam they believe is about to be built. 'A Good Day to Die', Harrison's second work of fiction, is an unrelenting 'tour de force'; a dark exploration of what it means to live beyond the pale in contemporary America.
"A writer with immortality in him."
"I found myself racing along, utterly caught up in the momentum of the story and eager to find out how it would turn out … Mr Harrison's perceptions are jagged and cutting … a remarkably well-plotted story."
NEW YORK TIMES
"Beneath his beautiful, deceptively simple language lie deeper truths than can only be hinted at with words."
"'A Good Day to Die' speaks with absolute accuracy to and about its generation."
Also available in Flamingo: 'Wolf, Legends of the Fall, The Woman Lit by Fireflies'.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book
on 25 April 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first book of Jim Harrison's I have read, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Jim Harrison has a unique way of writing I have not encountered before. On the one hand, I had to consciously "get used to" his writing style; he is a master of digression. He will move off into a seemingly unrelated account of some experience right in the middle of the main story line. On the other hand, while I am not used to this style, in the end, liked it anyway. I wish I could describe his writing style better but ,lacking the skills of a good writer, I am unable to characterize it properly. I think his style is unusual and some people may not enjoy it but the only way you will find out is to read one of his books.
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on 24 June 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
I love the way Jim Harrison writes. I feel like an old friend is telling this story while I read it. Like an older version of myself recounting it to a younger me, knowing exactly what I need to hear to feel. It's a familiar narrative. A simple and thoughtful approach to prose. The story is engaging and then as it goes on wanes to allow the narrator to feel through his words and connect with the reader on a deeper level. Then the story returns and ends the only way it possibly could. A good first Harrison read.
Reminiscent of Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang
on 16 July 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Jim Harrison, RIP. This clever, clever story steam-rolls from Key West to the Rockies, with routing through the old South. Reminiscent of Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang, this story reminds us that not everyone has been or is on the same page when it comes to land development and preserving our natural resources. Perhaps the message is that individuals, no matter how brave or brazen, are little match for the powers that ultimately decide how our lands will be divided, mined, and dammed. I highly recommend, though certainly not a pre-teen read.
on 24 May 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Its Jim Harrison, what more need I say !!
A good, very good writer, Jim Harrison, has died.
on 1 November 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Good, fast- paced Jim Harrison novel. Protagonist's perpetual hard-on when faced with the lovely Sylvia is understandable and envied, while his buddy Tim is a less palatable ex- army guy whose attraction to Sylvia is a mystery. These three travel, blow up a dam, and so goes the tale, accompanied by Harrison's ruminations on life.
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