The Ancient Minstrel

The Ancient Minstrel

Novellas

Book - 2016
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About an aging writer in Montana who's at the stage of his career when his work is increasingly discussed in terms of his legacy. He indulges his lifelong dream of raising pigs, struggles to write the "big novel" he's rashly promised his editor, and attempts to rekindle the long marriage that has sustained him.
Publisher: New York : Grove, 2016
ISBN: 9780802124562
0802124569
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 22 cm

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wyenotgo
May 14, 2016

I'm rating this one at three stars only because of "Eggs", one of the three novellas, the other two being not up to much. Catherine, the protagonist of "Eggs" is a very appealing character and although her life is unremarkable, it's a very warm, human, appealing story. As I work my way through Harrison's books, I find a distinct pattern: His female characters are far more likeable and their stories more engaging. His male creations all seem to be varying versions of himself or at least to feature some aspect of Harrison's persona; and almost without exception, they come across as self-indulgent jerks.
It may be a long time before I continue with some other of his works.

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