Our review of Only the Earth Is Forever: On the Road with Jim Harrison

CRITICISM – The journalist François Busnel revives the eloquence and the singularity of the author of Fall Legends. A beautiful tribute to an extraordinary life.

Douglas Kennedy is a writer. His next novel, “Men are afraid of the light”, will be published on May 5 by Belfond.

A documentary on a writer is always a perilous exercise. After all, writing is a largely sedentary business. Even for compulsive walkers like me, it starts with lonely, selfish hours and hours spent in front of a computer or a blank page. And novelists, reclusive by nature, are not very good at interviews. Especially when it comes to talking about their work.

For all these reasons, Only the earth is eternal, the wonderful film by François Busnel about the wonderful Jim Harrison (who died in 2016), is remarkable. Not only does it capture, with warmth and acuity, the very essence of this man with the deeply weathered face, so atypical among the writers of his time, but it is also a fabulous cinematic experience. A true literary road-trip which, while speaking to our intellect, is…

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