The Beast God Forgot to Invent Novellas Author:Jim Harrison Jim Harrison is an American master, and The Beast God Forgot to Invent is a book that The New York Times Book Review called "a big, wet, sloppy kiss [that] Harrison continues to plant on the face of life itself." These are stories of culture and wildness, of men and beasts and where they overlap. A wealthy man retired to the Michigan woods narra... more »tes the tale of a younger man decivilized by brain damage. A Michigan Indian wanders Los Angeles, hobnobbing with starlets and screenwriters while he tracks an ersatz Native-American activist who stole his bearskin. An aging "alpha canine," the author of three dozen throwaway biographies, eats dinner with the ex-wife of his overheated youth, and must confront the man he used to be.« less
Jim Harrison's writing has a way of touching your soul without your evening knowing it. These stories, especially the first, The Beast God Forgot to Invent, are about individuals each damaged in their own way, trying to find their way in the world. The beauty of reading Jim Harrison is the treasure of the sentence or passage that "says it all"...such as the opening line of the first novella, "The danger of civilization, of course, is that you will piss away your life on nonsense". Everyone should experience Jim Harrison.