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Publisher's Summary

The Road Home lies in the shadows of Manifest Destiny and Wounded Knee; it is etched into the landscape of an old man’s memory and into the stubborn dreams of a young man’s heart. 

In one of Jim Harrison’s greatest works, five members of the Northridge family narrate the tangled epic of their history on the expanses of the Nebraska plains. They strive to understand their fates, to reconcile with demons of the past, to live in accordance with the land, and to die with grace.

As the family grapples with the mysterious forces that both pull them apart and draw them inextricably back together, they must come to term with life’s greatest and hardest lessons: the deception of passion, the pain of love, the vitality of art, and the supplication to nature’s generosity and fury.

©1998 Jim Harrison (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Disappointed

The author is a talented writer, however he is little too pornographic for my taste. The story starts out great, and slowly ramps up the sexuality. At first it is fine. I don't mind refences to sex in a book - sex is part of life. The shame is that this could have been a great book - sexual content should not have to be needed to sell good writing. One of the few books that I have decided not to finish.

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Been here before.

Harrison wrote the same story over and over. He recycled places and events relentlessly. I might have rated this higher if I hadn't already heard it before, several times.

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what

a self indulgent eliteist progessive load of liberal clap trap. I made it all the way thru the many hours hoping for some redemption of the episode at the end...all to no avail. Filter out all the CRT BS and the improbability of the mess in real life and you can get a story out of it...but the relentless drone of self loathing whites bad, natives noble and abused just leaves a bad taste. One of the few I deleted from both device and library.

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Loved it, gentle and quirky.

I really like this book. It is a historical life story narration from multiple characters. First people, settlers, naturalists. It was lovely.

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The Road Home

I barely got through the first 2-3 hours of this book and I was sound asleep!! I’m sorry but the narrators voice and the story were so tedious that I could not keep focused on any of it. Just not my cup of tea.

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Excellent narration, good story

If you like long, character-driven novels that span 80 years, you will enjoy this book. Most of the book consists of various characters musing on life, death, dogs, horses, family memories, and Insights on our treatment of Native Americans, on birds and on the environment. Essentially the same story is told by five different family members so we see the many sides to the story and how the actions of each character affected the others. If your taste runs to a complicated plot with lots of twists, this is not the book for you, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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stop after part one

The protagonist in the first part is great. I want to know more about him. The writer should have stopped the book entirely or continued developing that character. Part 2 picks up with his grandson. I just can't stand the guy. I've listened to several hours and still wish he'd just shut up. Finally giving up.

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Enjoyed Every Minute

I absolutely loved this story told from several family members’ viewpoint. I enjoyed the writing so, that I will also purchase a hard copy of this book to underline and annotate some of my favourite passages. It really puts life in perspective.

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Good writing - Ok Story

I liked the overall writing of the book, but not so much about the story. His fascination with Lakotas is little be exaggerated and sometimes quite annoying.