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The Woman Lit By Fireflies

The Woman Lit By Fireflies By Jim Harrison The Woman Lit By Fireflies Across the odd contours of the American landscape Jim Harrison s country its natives search for that which isn t quite irretrievably lost for the incandescent beneath the ordinary An ex Bible student

  • Title: The Woman Lit By Fireflies
  • Author: Jim Harrison
  • ISBN: 9780671744526
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Woman Lit By Fireflies By Jim Harrison Across the odd contours of the American landscape Jim Harrison s country its natives search for that which isn t quite irretrievably lost, for the incandescent beneath the ordinary An ex Bible student with raucously asocial tendencies rescues the miraculously preserved body of an Indian chief from the frigid depths of Lake Superior, in a caper that nets a wildly unexpectAcross the odd contours of the American landscape Jim Harrison s country its natives search for that which isn t quite irretrievably lost, for the incandescent beneath the ordinary An ex Bible student with raucously asocial tendencies rescues the miraculously preserved body of an Indian chief from the frigid depths of Lake Superior, in a caper that nets a wildly unexpected bounty a band of sixties radicals, now approaching middle age, reunites to free an old comrade from a Mexican jail and rewrite their common history a fifty year old suburban housewife flees quietly from her abusive businessman husband at a highway rest stop, climbs a fence, and explores the bittersweet pageant of the preceding years within the sanctuary of an Iowa cornfield Brown Dog
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    1. Tony on said:

      Three novellasOWN DOG The first of the Brown Dog novellas I am, of course, reading them in reverse order, to no apparent detriment Brown Dog is just one of my favorite charactersNSET LIMITED Five college friends who drifted into terrorist acts then, a bit of prison, and now highly successful careers Except for Zip who either remained a terrorist or works for various governments But he s in a Mexican prison, so the Big Chill group gets the band back together again It s the kind of vehicle which w [...]

    2. Jeffrey Schwartz on said:

      This was my first Jim Harrison book but it won t be my last Like many of his books, this one consists of several, unrelated novellas Each are great in their own right, but two in particular stand out First, there s Brown Dog, which is one of the funniest pieces of fiction I ve read in a while Harrison had me laughing out loud nearly once a page Irreverent, boisterous, bawdy, and utterly unpredictable, Brown Dog, follows its eponymous narrator also known as B.D , a part Native American, skirt cha [...]

    3. Mike Clinton on said:

      This was the first time that I ve read anything by Jim Harrison, about whom I ve heard for a while but somehow never made the effort to read As a writer capable of crafting language with unobtrusive dexterity, characters with depth and dimension, and narratives that sustain interest, Harrison is clearly talented and deserving of his reputation However, I simply don t share the sensibilities that underlie the themes of his stories, and so I found myself frequently rolling my eyes and waiting out [...]

    4. Charles on said:

      It took me ten days to read this book which seemed like a very long time In five titles Harrison writes three novellas We all know what novellas are right They re short novels or I always thought they were short stories that physically got away from the author and he just rambled on and on until he ran out of gas Or they were conversely planned to be longer books but ended up much shorter because the author ran out of gas.Now this idea of gas is important What if you wrote in such a compact fash [...]

    5. Shelley Schanfield on said:

      Another three wonderful novellas from Harrison My favorite is The Woman Lit By Fireflies, and not just because of the title, which is so evocative It s a remarkably nuanced portrait both of an upper middle class suburban woman, Clare, who runs away from her husband He is described as abusive on the back copy, but it s not quite so simple Harrisons shows Clare is responsible for many of the decisions that have shaped her unhappy life.Three very different stories that share the themes of personal [...]

    6. Kathleen Hawk on said:

      My first Jim Harrison book, certainly not my last Too rich to gobble, but too interesting not to He writes in voices, maintains perspectives, so distinct that it s vertiginous to me He firehoses the reader with original thoughts about freedom, love, personal morality, time remembering and looking forward , physical context so dense and sensual especially in natural settings that it feels like being dropped into another person s body I read it faster than it deserved Another book for the read aga [...]

    7. Allison Long on said:

      After finishing the first story in this collection, I wasn t sure how I would feel about the remaining two So I dragged my feet, cleaned the house and avoided coming back to these pages I m so glad I did After the bumpy start of a narrator I couldn t relate to in the first story, I found suspense in the tale of estranged college buddies and not than a little sympathy for The Woman Lit by Fireflies No doubt other readers will disagree with me on which tale is their favorite, but in this small co [...]

    8. Damon on said:

      Good Very good Unfortunately, I d already read Legends of the Fall, a collection to which almost nothing can stand up The novellas in Legends made an indellible mark on me These were interesting, though not as powerful Still worth the time, obviously Thanks, Jim, for your excellent work.

    9. Melissa on said:

      I am now a huge fan of Jim Harrison I did not want to start with his famous works I picked this book at random and have since bought another one of his novels This book is honest, easy to read, and has just enough dark humor to satisfy me.

    10. Susan Henn on said:

      2 2018 Three sad stories Not crying sad, but worldly sad Empty lives with little or no redemption, direction, or joy I had trouble relating to the the characters Many of the early actions, of the characters in the stories, came back to haunt them Well written, just not uplifting.

    11. Mark Burris on said:

      Three stories that helped introduce me to the author Brown Dog is classic.

    12. David R on said:

      Yet again, another author that, had i been exposed to him in high school, might have made me a writing major as an undergrad.

    13. Brett Mclay on said:

      Harrison is quintessential writing for men their free flowing joys, biases and vulnerabilities Quietly great stuff.

    14. Ellen Johnson on said:

      short fiction, not really my favorite genre uneven once again, I find I either love or hate his work The last story was very good.

    15. Sergio Peter on said:

      BROWN DOG, vera perla della raccolta, e tra i migliori racconti lunghi mai letti

    16. Josh on said:

      I think this is the earliest of Jim Harrison s books that I ve read It stands out with an energy and ease that I found very pleasing.The book is divided into three novellas, starting off with a ribald bang with Brown Dog In the first of Brown Dog s adventures, he is faced with two problems One is keeping a Chippewa burial ground secret from his girlfriend and her anthropologist cronies The other is transporting the corpse of an Indian chief from where he found it at the bottom of Lake Superior t [...]

    17. Rusty on said:

      Brown Dog is the first novella in this collection He is the storyteller and his experiences may lead to the unearthing of an ancient Native American grave mound to his friend and lover whose dream is to become a famous anthropologist He does not know who his father might have been, a fact that haunts him throughout his life When he discovers the body of an Indian chief he wonders if it could have been him.The second story, titled Sunset Limited, finds four friends who demonstrated against war, t [...]

    18. Paul on said:

      Agh, Harrison does it again This was really fantastic Harrison is such a great storyteller, and plus a wonderfully talented writer He can clearly do pretty much anything he wants, and in the three novella collections I ve read of three novellas each he does None of his novellas ever feel remotely similar to one another The only thing tying them together is great writing, language , storytelling , and character wise The middle novella here Sunset Limited meandered a bit, but the first and third w [...]

    19. Luisa on said:

      Although it took me a while to get into these novellas, they were entertaining once we got off the ground I d recommend them if you re looking for a quick read, particularly if you like sort of wacky adventure stories The characters are very memorable.Side note Interestingly, this book is the last one in my I wouldn t necessarily buy this book or check it out of the library, but someone gave or lent it to me, so I ll read it stack I told myself that I would not buy or check out any books until [...]

    20. Dianne Ferguson on said:

      This is a Jim Harrison trilogy of novellas The title story, The Woman Lit by Fireflies, is my second favorite short story of all time the first being John Irving s The Pension Grillparzer Having lived in the midwest and been set adrift in that ocean of grasslands and cornfields, and having fled at least one life into another, I can say that somehow Jim Harrison broke in and stole everything I thought at the time and put those thoughts and fears into this story The book also contains the stories [...]

    21. David on said:

      Having enjoyed his previous collection of novellas, Legends of the Fall , I had heard good things about this collection Most notably was Brown Dog , a story of an anti hero which has elements of satire There were a number of good things said about the title story The consensus is that the middle story, Sunset Limited , was the weakest story My opinions ended up being exactly opposite Sunset Limited , the story of aging 60s radicals joining to free a colleague from a Mexican jail, was the only st [...]

    22. Patti K on said:

      This book contains three novellas published in 1990 Brown Dog is the first which is a portrait of a good hearted, but hapless man in the U.P His troubles with finding a Chief at the bottom of Lake Superior and drinking, etc leave him adrift at the end Sunset Limited is the second one that portrays five friends from college who twenty years later try to free one of their mates from a Mexican prison Dynamics of memory and loyalties Tragic results The title novella is a portrait of a middle aged wo [...]

    23. Royal Dun on said:

      Jim Harrison has a regional reputation as one of Michigan s best authors, and on the recommendation of a friend, I thought I would give this book a try Harrison s work centers around the character of his Indian given name, Brown Dog In this book, Brown Dog discovers the body of an Indian chief in the cold waters of Lake Superior The rest of the book is about Brown Dog s efforts to make some money from his find while avoiding any constraints such as the legal system or his conscience What I did n [...]

    24. Rachel Brune on said:

      Harrison is an amazing writer, and a genius at the novella form I always find his books drag me in and I can t get away Started this book this morning, finished it this evening would have done so sooner, except for this pesky work business In this particular work, he introduces us to three characters, each of whom lives in a vividly drawn world that is sometimes hyperreal, sometimes surreal, but always vibrant and imaginative I found myself identifying strongly with these characters simply on th [...]

    25. Shana on said:

      I was given this to read on a recommendation from a friend and am glad I took him up on the offer Harrison has a straightforward voice without any excessive flowery language, which I appreciate His characters are well developed, but leave enough mystery so as to keep you reading This book contained three separate stories, and each served as a snapshot in a longer history Sure, they could have each been their own novel, but Harrison lets you in on a particular and significant moment in the charac [...]

    26. Sue on said:

      I love the way Harrison writes except for his run on sentences like this one which have no commas in them But the way he describes people and surroundings, is eloquent I must say, I was drawn to this book because I loved the sound of the title and his books were recommended by a friend Figured it had to be good, right Well, kind of Maybe because I read before bedtime, but the stories seemed convoluted even though I love stories in which I have to suspend disbelief Maybe it s because I m just not [...]

    27. Amy on said:

      This book consists of 3 separate stories The first is Brown Dog, and I give it 5 stars Wonderfully written story about what happens to one man who had ADHD as a child, and never outgrew it Hilarious.I can t remember the name of the second story It was dry and boring and I hated it 1 Star simply because it exists.The third story is The Woman Lit by Fireflies Also a very good story We bounce through the timeline of a woman s life as she spends a night in a corn field, trying to hide from her very [...]

    28. Marsha on said:

      Jim Harrison is a wonderful writer, and his story, The Woman Lit by Fireflies, is simply superb It s about a woman who finally flees her life by jumping the fence at a rest stop, going deep into a cornfield, and eventually finds her new self The first novella, Brown Dog, is great, very different, funny, irreverant, yet continues his theme of protecting the land from numbskulls Mr Harrison is a wonderful storyteller His use of language is par none Several of his books have permanent places on my [...]

    29. Geoff Balme on said:

      Three enjoyable novellas For me the first was forgettable but the second two were brilliant One an escape fantasy conducted mildly and dreamily in a cornfield the other a tale of surreal hope, wonder, sexuality and abandonment There s a touch of Laxness in the feel of Harrison s Brown Dog epics, a bit of the exotic slumming But all in all his hero fights for good causes or at least means to.

    30. Patty on said:

      In this book, Brown Dog Sunset Limited The Woman Lit by Fireflies are three novellas that display why Jim Harrison is so popular He is able to describe Michigan and the heartland and the people that live there so clearly Often you feel that you ve met the characters that inhabit his stories This may be the first book I ve read by Harrison, which is hard to believe, but it won t be my last.

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