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Mark Bramhall sets just the right tone for the first person narration of Cliff, a former English major, high school teacher and farmer. 60-year-old Cliff is in the dumps because his wife has left him, his beloved dog has died, and his farm has been sold out from under him. So he takes off on a cross country road trip. This is a novel of ideas more than action, and the context of a road trip allows Cliff to muse on the nature of love and marriage, fidelity, loss, career choices, fishing, natural beauty and changes of fortune. The narrator captures the tension between the ennui Cliff feels at his losses, and the growing excitement of new landscapes and unplanned days. Harrison's prose is pleasantly conversational, yet elegant in its simplicity and lack of artifice.
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I was laughing out loud at several parts in this story. Just the phrasing used by the main character to show his views on the world was sometimes hilarious, though dilivered quite dry. The narration seemed dead-on to me, meaning the voice and inflection seemed just right to me for an ex-farmer from Michigan... but then, who knows? just a perception. I just know he made me laugh.
On the down side, i felt that the character didn't really "get" anywhere. This is not the kind of book i often get (usually get detective stories), so not sure what i expected. Maybe that he'd grow a little more? I guess what i'm saying is that the ending left me disappointed, but in all, i enjoyed the trip.
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