Legends of the Fall

Legends of the Fall

by Jim Harrison


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New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison was one of America’s most beloved and critically acclaimed writers. The classic Legends of the Fall is Harrison at his most memorable: a striking collection of novellas written with exceptional brilliance and a ferocious love of life.

The title novella, “Legends of the Fall”—which was made into the film of the same name—is an epic, moving tale of three brothers fighting for justice in a world gone mad. Moving from the raw landscape of early twentieth-century Montana to the blood-drenched European battlefields of World War I and back again to Montana, Harrison’s powerful story explores the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, painting an unforgettable portrait of the twentieth-century man.

Also including the novellas “Revenge” and “The Man Who Gave Up His Name,” Legends of the Fall confirms Jim Harrison’s reputation as one of the finest American voices of his generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802126221
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 91,792
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jim Harrison (1937–2016) was the New York Times -bestselling author of nine volumes of novellas, twelve novels, fourteen collections of poetry, a book of children’s literature, a memoir, and two collections of non-fiction. His books include Legends of the Fall , Dalva , and Returning to Earth. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and winner of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Spirit of the West Award from the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association, his work was published in twenty-seven languages.

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Legends of the Fall 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is by far one of the best books ive ever read. I think that the author is very in touch with real life, and this book just amazed me when I read it.The characters are so engrossing that I had trouble putting it down. If your looking for a great book to read that will not leave you dissapointed and wondering why you ever bought it then buy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My goodness, I think this is a gggrrreeeaaatt peice of work, its sooo sad, so so, there, Im sorry LOL I cant tell you how this makes me feel I dont think ot could be any better I have the movie wich I watch all the time also, along w/ reading this book.
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JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Early and excellent Harrison. Revenge and Name are good stories and a story like Legends is the reason I read fiction. So many diffenet strings an so many different levels that I can't quite describe except the feeling that the story should have been longer.
cwflatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First two stories were ok. Legends of the Fall is best work. Great story, just like the movie.
CBJames on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison follows the life of Tristan Ludlow, the only brother of three to survive the Great War physically intact. His younger brother, Samuel, the apple of his mother's eye, dies in France while his older brother Alfred is wounded in an accident and sent home before he reaches Europe. Tristan survives physically but emotionally he never fully recovers. He escapes an asylum in France, where he is sent after scalping six German soldiers, and takes up work as a weapons smuggler for the English spending the next several years at sea. He travels the world, winning medals from the English while smuggling various types of contraband for his own profit. Years later he returns to his father's ranch to find that his brother has married the wife he abandoned. Alfred ends up a senator for Montana; Tristan remarries and takes over running the family ranch. Things go very well for everyone for a time. He is deeply in love with his new wife; they have several children; he makes his father's ranch a success.Returning from a trip to town with his wife's shopping and with several carloads of newly illegal whiskey Tristan is stopped by federal agents along a narrow stretch of road. The agents fire several shots into the air and calmly inform Tristan and his men that they will have to surrender the whiskey they are smuggling. Then they all see that Tristan's wife sits dead in the front seat of the car; a bullet ricocheted from somewhere into her forehead. This second round of loss moves Tristan to another round violent revenge and to life on the run as an outlaw smuggling whiskey.Tristan faces severe loss several times throughout the novel. Each time he is aware that the person killed, his brother, his wife, is the better person, that he is the one who should have been taken. This compounds his sense of loss and complicates how the reader judges his reaction. His brother dies an innocent, a life wasted in a battle that was never his. The same thing happens to his wife; that her death is accidental does not lessen it's impact. (I gasped when I read it.) Tristan is far from perfect to begin with and I doubt his life would have been exemplary under the best of circumstances, but the events of the novel make it difficult to judge him harshly. He is a very attractive hero/anti-hero to begin with; that the reader sympathizes with him even as he makes mistakes is no suprise.Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison is novella length by it's events and it's impact carry the weight of a novel. I'm giving it four out of five stars and a very strong recommendation. I've not seen the movie, and judging from the cover artwork on my movie tie-in edition I don't think I care to. The characters in the novella are as real to me as they could get. Seeing them acted would lesson their power in my memory
jaidahsmommy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awful. Just absolutely awful. Legends of the Fall is my favorite movie by far, but this was the worst book I have ever read. I read the main title first and it was so bad I couldn't read the others. The only reason I finished the story was because I love the movie so much that I just KNEW it was going to get better. It didn't. The author rambles on ridiculously long, and there is no dialogue. It is also quite different from the movie in many ways. I have NEVER been so disappointed.
NicholasPayne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two of the three short works in this collection, "Revenge" and "Legends of the Fall," were rendered into film, though neither film did the stories justice. I don't number this book among my favorites, but Jin Harrison is definitely worth the trouble. Everything I've ever picked up by him has been pretty good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jim Harrison developed great characters and vivid places that take you away to another time.
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lorrib More than 1 year ago
An excellent story which strangely became an extremely LONG but wonderful film-l loved it
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hotelmanCH More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this is getting the reviews it is. I don't know if I received the shortened version or not. on my nook it was 200 pages, on BN it says 999 pages. the first story in the book was an interesting story, but 50 pages into the next story I could not even finish the book. the story seemed to drag on without making any sense. I always finish my books but I just could see taking the time to continue on with this one. sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome movie a awesome love story(3