The Run to Gitche Gumee: A Novel Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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"Jones provides lavish descriptions of the natural world and pays witness to man's ever-growing distance from it." -Publishers Weekly "A stunner, a remarkable tale of high adventure in a style so readable and fun that I couldn't put it down." -Elmore Leonard
About the Author
Robert F. Jones was a novelist, contributing editor to Men's Journal, and writer for Sports Illustrated and Field & Stream. In addition to Blood Sport, he authored multiple other works of fiction and nonfiction, among them the award-winning Jake and Upland Passage. He spent much of his life in western Vermont.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
In Blood Sport, Jones creates a fantastic world, entirely believable and consistent within itself. The characters have an existence of their own and demand your respect and attention. Sadly, I did not find this to be the case with The Run..
As to be expected, the descriptions of huntin' shootin' and fishin' are up to Jones' usual high standard. It's what he does best. For me however, where the book failed was in the realisation of some his characters and my inability to suspend disbelief. The book centers on two boyhood mates who repeat an early trip down a Wisconsin river to Superior later on in life after all the failures and disappointments of their lives have been manifest.
The nitty gritty descriptions of the river trips really took me back to my own river experiences in Mn, Wi and Quetico when I lived and worked in Rochester Mn some years back. Though I'm an Aussie tried and true, I fell in love with the North Land and still hanker for retirement in a cabin by a lake up in the North Woods.
All that apart, for me where the book fails is that Jones seems unable to reconcile the adventure he weaves for his subjects with a believeable world. Perhaps it's because these characters are all too familiar and we know in our hearts that they just wouldn't do the things they do. Perhaps the characters themselves are more caricatures than fully painted pictures. Certanly that's true for the women depicted in the story. In addition the plotline is too convenient, the parallels between the events in both journeys too close. At any rate, for me, the sum of the parts failed to add up to a whole and deliver the satisfaction I had expected.
I'm not sorry I bought the book because Jones is always worth a read but it's not the best he's capable of.
Thus inspired, I picked up a copy of "The Run to Gitche Gumee." Large sections made for enjoyable reading, but whole chapters were utterly unbeliveable -- but played straight by Jones. In the end, it was Thelma & Louise for aging outdoorsmen.