The Beast God Forgot to Invent

The Beast God Forgot to Invent

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Jim Harrison is an American master, and The Beast God Forgot to Invent is a book that The New York Times Book Review called "a big, wet, sloppy kiss that Harrison continues to plant on the face of life itself".

These are stories of culture and wildness, of men and beasts and where they overlap. A wealthy man retired to the Michigan woods narrates the tale of a younger man decivilized by brain damage. A Michigan Indian wanders Los Angeles, hobnobbing with starlets and screenwriters while he tracks an ersatz Native-American activist who stole his bearskin. An aging "alpha canine", the author of three dozen throwaway biographies, eats dinner with the ex-wife of his overheated youth, and must confront the man he used to be. As The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) put it, "The Beast God Forgot to Invent is a proud addition to the Harrison oeuvre. It is exhilarating to watch a master at work".

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2000
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780871138217
0871138212
Branch Call Number: FIC/Harri 359401 1
Characteristics: 274 p

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wyenotgo
Aug 02, 2016

This book contains three stories and in all three, I found myself trying to figure out just what the stories are all about. They're not classifiable as having to do with war, crime, terrorism, adventure, exploration, romance, philosophy, mysticism, finance, politics, natural history, travel, economics, science ..... or any other recognizable aspect of life, real or imaginary. Eventually, I figured it out, Jim Harrison: It's all about YOU. There's almost no skill, accomplishment or insight at which you don't excel and most of those folks about you would stumble into disaster without you to point out their failings.
We are not amused.

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PearlyBaker
Jan 31, 2016

I did not like him at first. But like a bro from St. Joe he just sort of grows on you after a spell. Jim H is like creeper bud in the 80s when you felt nothing for 20 minutes then all of a sudden you have to pull your banana yella 1977 Bonneville over because gravity has failed once again and you're driving sideways or upside down. Reading Harrison you think at first, well this story sucks then about twenty minutes later you become overwhelmed with vivid memories due to his beautiful prose. You realize you missed the plot because your mind has twisted off on your first crush Wendy Conroy and the photo you have of her in Mexico circa 1982 standing with your second crush, Jenni Stevens on an ancient Aztec Pyramid. Then you realize you haven't thought of that day in over three decades as you turn back to where you started and try to concentrate on the story this time. So upon further reflection I'd say I like old Jim H. just fine and I'll definitely be reading his other books soon.

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