Jim Harrison's legendary gourmandise is on full display in A Really Big Lunch. From the titular New Yorker piece about a French lunch that went to 37 courses to pieces from Brick, Playboy, Kermit Lynch's newsletter, and others; from the relationship between hunter and prey to the obscure language of wine reviews, A Really Big Lunch is shot through with Harrison's pointed aperçus and keen delight in the pleasures of the senses. And between the lines, the pieces give glimpses of Harrison's life over the last three decades. A Really Big Lunch is a literary delight that will satisfy every appetite.
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Thank you Jim Harrison . . . RIP . . .
No. I quit halfway. It turned into a chore to listen; it got boring. I officially lost interest when he listed the French wines they drank. This went on for several minutes.
Nope. The story reminded me of Grandpa Simpson, who would weave in and out of anecdotes without segues. This was folksy and cute for a while, but it grew tiresome.
The narrator sounded like Wilford Brimley. On one level, this works because that's probably close to what Harrison himself sounded like. However, I am still recoiling over the line, "We talked about sex." Shudder. Not ageism; I would not have retched if Robert Redford had read that line, and he's 148 years old.
- Abby Morton