The Great Leader by Jim Harrisson

IMG_1079.JPG

I had picked up The Great Leader in iBooks some time ago but never got around to reading it. Recently, however, I have been restless in my reading and struggling to real get into whatever I was reading (and not reviewing what I had managed to read). As part of that restlessness I started reading TGL on my iPad. I was soon engrossed despite the oddness of the book.

It is discursive and frequently vulgar. It’s politics seem leftwing. But perhaps because I am not getting any younger, I was fascinated by the central character and his quest to put away the Great Leader and find some semblance of balance in life as he enters retirement still in the after shock of divorce.

I didn’t find the musings on sex, religion and money insightful nor am I sure they were meant to be in a didactic way. Rather I was drawn to the brutal honesty and rawness of Sunderson. Perhaps it was like being unable to take your eyes off an accident but once I had begun I just had to see where this odd story and character would end up.

The ending seemed a little too neat on the one hand and not all that much of a resolution on the other but I enjoyed the ride. Which was the point when I started reading. I have only read one other book by Harrison (Returning to Earth) so I don’t have much to compare but I seem to enjoy his explorations of the sometimes unseemly side of my native Michigan.

The Great Leader Book Cover The Great Leader
Jim Harrison
Fiction
Grove Press
2012-10
ebook
329
iBooks

Retired Detective Sunderson must get past his troubles with alcohol if he and an unlikely 16-year-old sidekick are ever going to expose an elusive cult leader called The Great Leader. By the best-selling author of Legends of the Fall and The Farmer's Daughter.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Great Leader by Jim Harrisson

IMG_1079.JPG

I had picked up The Great Leader in iBooks some time ago but never got around to reading it. Recently, however, I have been restless in my reading and struggling to real get into whatever I was reading (and not reviewing what I had managed to read). As part of that restlessness I started reading TGL on my iPad. I was soon engrossed despite the oddness of the book.

It is discursive and frequently vulgar. It’s politics seem leftwing. But perhaps because I am not getting any younger, I was fascinated by the central character and his quest to put away the Great Leader and find some semblance of balance in life as he enters retirement still in the after shock of divorce.

I didn’t find the musings on sex, religion and money insightful nor am I sure they were meant to be in a didactic way. Rather I was drawn to the brutal honesty and rawness of Sunderson. Perhaps it was like being unable to take your eyes off an accident but once I had begun I just had to see where this odd story and character would end up.

The ending seemed a little too neat on the one hand and not all that much of a resolution on the other but I enjoyed the ride. Which was the point when I started reading. I have only read one other book by Harrison (Returning to Earth) so I don’t have much to compare but I seem to enjoy his explorations of the sometimes unseemly side of my native Michigan.

The Great Leader Book Cover The Great Leader
Jim Harrison
Fiction
Grove Press
2012-10
ebook
329
iBooks

Retired Detective Sunderson must get past his troubles with alcohol if he and an unlikely 16-year-old sidekick are ever going to expose an elusive cult leader called The Great Leader. By the best-selling author of Legends of the Fall and The Farmer's Daughter.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *