Not So Legendary

January 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , )

A Review of Legends of the Fall, a novella by Jim Harrison

I only read The Legends of the Fall novella of this book, not the other short stories and novellas.  That being said, I was disappointed with this short piece.  After growing up watching the sweeping epic film, the novella felt too quick, there were no moments to pause on the beautiful despair of it all.  Although they are almost exactly the same (aside from the fact that Tristan and Susannah were actually married in the book and there was a lot of time spent on Susannah’s mental instability) I feel as though the film makers did well with the screenplay and turned mere 80 pages into something amazing.  Obviously, kudos to Jim Harrison for his awesome original storyline – but when it comes down to it – I’ll hypocritically watch the movie on repeat before I re-read the book.

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