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True North

True North

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by Mark Harrison

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Xlibris Corporation
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5.46(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.89(d)

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True North 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An aviation thriller for sure. Exciting from beginning to end. Government cover ups, intrique, romance. This book has it all. Would love to see this in a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this book! I thought it was great, and very educational. Although it was long, i still liked it alot. I hope that Mark Harrison publishes more books, you can visit his site @ markjharrison.com have fun!! make sure you buy this book here online cuz its cheaper and you can get more for less!!!
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If you¿ve read some of Harrison¿s other writings¿I¿ve only read his memoir Off to the Side and his novel Farmer¿you visit some of the same themes in True North his love of dogs and the outdoors, his search for a personal religion that works for him, his love of Paris. Because the novel explores the character David Burkett¿s search to discover the history of his robber barren ancestors, who denuded of trees a large area of Michigan¿s Upper Peninsula, it touches on themes of resource exploitation that invoke Edward Abbey. True North is above all narrative driven. There is very little dialogue. The novel is entirely in the voice of Burkett, who reminisces about his life on the UP and the other places his life takes him to Ohio, Arizona, Mexico and Paris. If the novel has an epicenter, it is in the spaces beneath an immense stump that Burkett discovers while researching his family¿s legacy. His narrative rambles over his life from his adolescence to his late 30s and strings together memories of his family, friends and romantic relationships. The novel paints Burkett¿s inner world, and so sometimes bogs down in self involvement. The interest in this novel centers on those who maintain a lasting, if intermittent presence in Burkett¿s life his mother and father, those who work for them, his sister, his ex-wife, and a woman he loves, if you can call it that, and his dog Carla. Their presence throughout the book anchors the story. Because Burkett is the well-to-do scion of the natural resource pillaging he seeks to document in a book he¿s trying to write, he doesn¿t need to worry about the banalities of work. He is free to travel about as he chooses and pursue his interests. The natural history of the UP and the time that Burkett spends in the field doing his research provide the needed backdrop to this novel. I need to digress for a moment to explain that for me this novel bestowed a love of the UP and the great lakes region that issues from personal roots. I liked True North for the same reason I liked the movie ¿North Country¿ about the women who demanded decent treatment while working in the iron mines of northern Minnesota. My mother came from the small town of Taconite in the Mesabi Iron Range. Harrison mentions the Mesabi Range in the novel. I visited the area occasionally as a child during rare trips with my parents, and in Duluth had my first experience gazing at the watery horizon of a great lake. This novel is painted in broad strokes and covers years of the main character¿s life. It is too smart to arrive at any conclusion about its subjects. Harrison travels down a lot of paths here. There are some moments of self discovery here, but the narrative focuses primarily people and events. The emergence and reemergence of the people whose lives revolve around Burkett develops a compelling familiarity. Among other things this novel traces Burkett¿s relationship with his father, who is perhaps literature¿s most despicable father since Fyodor Karamazov. This relationship culminates in the novel¿s unexpected ending that, if you¿ve read Peter Matthiessen¿s Far Tortuga, suggests homage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book! A page-turner with more twists and bumps than the taxiways at Newark! Non-stop action and adventure set in early 1930s. The author has created a solid and true American hero -- a former Ace Pilot from World War I who has great wit, charm and good looks -- and will stop at nothing to uncover the truth in an accident investigation. Great characters: from lovely warm friends to evil nemesis and sexy love interests. I learned a bit along the way too about what it would've been like to fly in those days! Fast and fun like Grisham, but with more character development.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jim Harrison is a writer's writer and a reader's writer and quite simply one of the best yarn spinners writing today. TRUE NORTH is a fine work of fiction that not only tells an intensely interesting story, it also exudes some of the more poetic prose and contemplative spiritual psychology that touches an audience of readers longing for books about environmentalism, about contemporary sexuality, about dysfunctional families, and about seeking sanity in a world apparently bent on squashing it.Briefly, this is the story of David Burkett, born to Robber Barons in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who gained their wealth at the expense of destroying the timber lands which in turn deprived the Native Americans of their space and created a desecration of the land through logging and mining that permanently altered the target of their greed. But David wants revenge on his family's history, a history which includes his immediate family - a mother so lost in pills and alcohol and high society that she is unavailable, a father who is also an alcoholic, a pedophile, and in general a detestable boor who buys his way out of recurring run-ins with the law for raping young girls only to spend and squander the family fortune for his insatiable hedonism, and a sister Cynthia who, though younger than David, is brassy enough to escape this detestable family and run off with a half breed to disgrace the family she loathes. David attempts to avoid his genetic disposition by committing to right wing religion, but eventually fails in that and finds himself lusting after every female he encounters - never finding love, but never really knowing how to love. He finally decides his only salvation is to write a book that tells the public the truth about the environmental murderers of his family and his attempts to accomplish this mission fill the pages of this wondrous novel. How he finally arrives at a stage of self-realization and leaves his obsession with destroying the influence of his family's influence to discover that wearing the sins of his father around his neck has prevented him from looking up and ahead and seeing the beauty of nature and the connection with the meaning of life that this allows is the remarkable journey Harrison creates. This story is never less than interesting and absorbing as a novel, but it is in the language of writing that Jim Harrison excels. His style includes free-association of sometimes a dozen thoughts and memories and observations in one paragraph. But he never loses us as readers. At times he stops for poetic words and the reader is strongly tempted to underline favorite passages as poems for re-reading later. 'When you're sixteen your world is small and events easily conspire to make it even smaller. You have glimpses of greater dimensions but this perception easily retracts. Eros enlivens another world but not the simple world of masturbatory trance...Naturally during the act of love you're undisturbed by reality, a grace note I also found in trout fishing, but then lovemaking and fishing don't manage to dominate your life like you wished they could.' '[Laurie] didn't so much die as withdraw, and her body under the sheet was still but there was an aura of departure that made me feel cold despite the warm room. Instead of pressing the button to call a nurse I listened to an aspect of emptiness I hadn't heard before as if her passing had stopped all other sound....When it was over I had nothing left about which to draw conclusions. My incomprehension was total. She was there and then she wasn't and though I understood the biological fact of death the whole ballooned outward from the mute sum of the parts.' '...I recalled how a wonderfully cynical history professor had pointed out that when we came to America we were always discovering something like the source of the Mississippi that the Natives were already well aware of, but then our attitude to the Natives was not unlike Hitler's attitude toward the Jews. And th
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book around Fathers day and really enjoyed it. Its amazing how a talented author can bring a story alive with rich detail and interesting, complexed characters. Its such a blessing to read such a well written novel. This book deals with the complexities of David Burketts Life and with his shamed father. I admire the lead character and the book made me consider living in a log cabin myself someday reading my books by the fireplace. (Hopefully with plenty of bug repellant). I definitely enjoyed this book and will proably read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, a painfully dull, long-winded novel that never seemed to go anywhere or even keep a pace. The protagonist was not a character that could conger up interest, curiousity, sympathy or even hate from the reader. I challenged myself to finish it and it was a grueling test, page by page. My dread at picking up the book only left upon reading the last page. Knowing there was a last page, an end to the sheer boredom, was the novel's highlight. A real disappointment from the master of Legends of the Fall.