I finished Jim Harrison’s Revenge last night. A great read. I wish I had read this novella long ago. I am certain that I will try other works he’s written. I have two more novellas in this book, and if I like them, I’ll move on to his novels.
Revenge has a gripping opening scene, and Harrison, whom I would describe as a master storyteller, primarily uses narrative to move the story along. Jonathan Miles, in a review of Harrison’s writing, says Harrison possesses a “wounded narrative voice.” I think that is a fair description of Harrison’s technique. (You can read Miles interview here: http://archive.salon.com/books/review/2000/10/19/harrison/index.html) Miles says Harrison is a man who been prowling the literary edges for four decades.
Here are some quotes from Revenge that I thought might be food for thought or sparks for my own writing.