Sundog by Jim Harrison

The novel revolves around the life and reflections of a rugged individualist, a construction magnate who has led a life filled with intense experiences and relationships. As he recounts his story to a writer, the protagonist delves into his past, exploring themes of nature, passion, and the pursuit of the authentic self. Set against the backdrop of the American wilderness, the narrative weaves through various landscapes and personal encounters, painting a portrait of a man deeply connected to the physical world and driven by an insatiable desire to live life to its fullest, even as he grapples with the complexities of his own nature and the consequences of his actions.

The 3659th greatest book of all time

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Total Points: 126

Since this book was first published in 1984, there is a penalty of 16.0%. The age adjusted score is 105.84.

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