The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. It follows the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus? Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating old age, mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselv The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. It follows the groundbreaki...

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Title:The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Author:Denis Johnson
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:207 pages pages

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Dec 29, 2017

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

  • Lee
    Jan 10, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

  • Jim Coughenour
    Jan 24, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    Somehow it was fitting that last week, while I was mourning the sudden death of Joe Frank, I discovered this posthumous book by Denis Johnson. Each of these men were American originals, storytellers who stripped straight through to the dark side of the American dream. In fact, listenin...

  • Lori
    Feb 03, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    Somehow it was fitting that last week, while I was mourning the sudden death of Joe Frank, I discovered this posthumous book by Denis Johnson. Each of these men were American originals, storytellers who stripped straight through to the dark side of the American dream. In fact, listenin...

    This one was a soul changer. I love Denis Johnson's work with all my heart, and this one, as his posthumously released short story collection, was an emotional one both in concept and content. It fully lives up to anticipation? the moments of emotion and human truth that we find in...

    This is a great collection of short stories. I love the way Johnson was able to take stories of ordinary people who have fallen on hard times and make something strangely beautiful out of them. ...

    I've been a fan of Denis Johnson's writing every since I picked up Jesus' Son on audiobook, stumbling across it in a wholesale distributor pop-up shop in 2012. Will Patton's whispery, clench-teethed narration perfectly complimented the drug addled voice of the collection's protagonist ...

  • Bob Lopez
    Feb 06, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    Somehow it was fitting that last week, while I was mourning the sudden death of Joe Frank, I discovered this posthumous book by Denis Johnson. Each of these men were American originals, storytellers who stripped straight through to the dark side of the American dream. In fact, listenin...

    This one was a soul changer. I love Denis Johnson's work with all my heart, and this one, as his posthumously released short story collection, was an emotional one both in concept and content. It fully lives up to anticipation? the moments of emotion and human truth that we find in...

    This is a great collection of short stories. I love the way Johnson was able to take stories of ordinary people who have fallen on hard times and make something strangely beautiful out of them. ...

    I've been a fan of Denis Johnson's writing every since I picked up Jesus' Son on audiobook, stumbling across it in a wholesale distributor pop-up shop in 2012. Will Patton's whispery, clench-teethed narration perfectly complimented the drug addled voice of the collection's protagonist ...

    Johnson starts his stories by disarming you with humor and the off-kilter charm of his narrators, and it stays with you as their crazy unspools - the crazy varying from mildly eccentric to bat shit. It seems like he loves these lost and sometimes beaten men and wants his reader to feel...

    Quick book-5 stories long. The obvious standouts for me where the first (Largesse) and last (Doppelganger Poltergeist) stories. The writing was assured and capable and...masculine. They were winding, but they never strayed, every nuance or detail was integral to the story in some way o...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Feb 12, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    Somehow it was fitting that last week, while I was mourning the sudden death of Joe Frank, I discovered this posthumous book by Denis Johnson. Each of these men were American originals, storytellers who stripped straight through to the dark side of the American dream. In fact, listenin...

    This one was a soul changer. I love Denis Johnson's work with all my heart, and this one, as his posthumously released short story collection, was an emotional one both in concept and content. It fully lives up to anticipation? the moments of emotion and human truth that we find in...

    This is a great collection of short stories. I love the way Johnson was able to take stories of ordinary people who have fallen on hard times and make something strangely beautiful out of them. ...

  • Nadine
    Feb 25, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    Somehow it was fitting that last week, while I was mourning the sudden death of Joe Frank, I discovered this posthumous book by Denis Johnson. Each of these men were American originals, storytellers who stripped straight through to the dark side of the American dream. In fact, listenin...

    This one was a soul changer. I love Denis Johnson's work with all my heart, and this one, as his posthumously released short story collection, was an emotional one both in concept and content. It fully lives up to anticipation? the moments of emotion and human truth that we find in...

    This is a great collection of short stories. I love the way Johnson was able to take stories of ordinary people who have fallen on hard times and make something strangely beautiful out of them. ...

    I've been a fan of Denis Johnson's writing every since I picked up Jesus' Son on audiobook, stumbling across it in a wholesale distributor pop-up shop in 2012. Will Patton's whispery, clench-teethed narration perfectly complimented the drug addled voice of the collection's protagonist ...

    Johnson starts his stories by disarming you with humor and the off-kilter charm of his narrators, and it stays with you as their crazy unspools - the crazy varying from mildly eccentric to bat shit. It seems like he loves these lost and sometimes beaten men and wants his reader to feel...

  • Trish
    Feb 11, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

  • Jill
    Oct 26, 2017

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Nov 03, 2017

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

  • Diane S ‚ėĒ
    Mar 12, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

  • Joachim Stoop
    Mar 16, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    Somehow it was fitting that last week, while I was mourning the sudden death of Joe Frank, I discovered this posthumous book by Denis Johnson. Each of these men were American originals, storytellers who stripped straight through to the dark side of the American dream. In fact, listenin...

    This one was a soul changer. I love Denis Johnson's work with all my heart, and this one, as his posthumously released short story collection, was an emotional one both in concept and content. It fully lives up to anticipation? the moments of emotion and human truth that we find in...

    This is a great collection of short stories. I love the way Johnson was able to take stories of ordinary people who have fallen on hard times and make something strangely beautiful out of them. ...

    I've been a fan of Denis Johnson's writing every since I picked up Jesus' Son on audiobook, stumbling across it in a wholesale distributor pop-up shop in 2012. Will Patton's whispery, clench-teethed narration perfectly complimented the drug addled voice of the collection's protagonist ...

    Johnson starts his stories by disarming you with humor and the off-kilter charm of his narrators, and it stays with you as their crazy unspools - the crazy varying from mildly eccentric to bat shit. It seems like he loves these lost and sometimes beaten men and wants his reader to feel...

    Quick book-5 stories long. The obvious standouts for me where the first (Largesse) and last (Doppelganger Poltergeist) stories. The writing was assured and capable and...masculine. They were winding, but they never strayed, every nuance or detail was integral to the story in some way o...

    Met opperstilist Denis Johnson achter het stuur rijd je via haarspeldbochten bergaf en kom je gedesoriŽnteerd beneden. Onderweg scheur je van gevangenis langs afkickkliniek richting sterfbed. Nee, dit is geen strandstoelboek. Gemarineerd in bedrieglijke nonchalance en dito onstuimighe...

  • Angela M
    Jan 19, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

  • Angela M
    Nov 18, 2017

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

  • Krista
    Feb 14, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

  • Christian Paula
    Jan 29, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

  • Larry H
    Feb 22, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

  • Perry
    Jan 16, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

  • Rebecca Renner
    Jan 18, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

  • Debbie
    Apr 29, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

  • Stef Smulders
    Apr 09, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

  • Doug
    May 10, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

  • Mike W
    Dec 23, 2017

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    Somehow it was fitting that last week, while I was mourning the sudden death of Joe Frank, I discovered this posthumous book by Denis Johnson. Each of these men were American originals, storytellers who stripped straight through to the dark side of the American dream. In fact, listenin...

    This one was a soul changer. I love Denis Johnson's work with all my heart, and this one, as his posthumously released short story collection, was an emotional one both in concept and content. It fully lives up to anticipation? the moments of emotion and human truth that we find in...

    This is a great collection of short stories. I love the way Johnson was able to take stories of ordinary people who have fallen on hard times and make something strangely beautiful out of them. ...

    I've been a fan of Denis Johnson's writing every since I picked up Jesus' Son on audiobook, stumbling across it in a wholesale distributor pop-up shop in 2012. Will Patton's whispery, clench-teethed narration perfectly complimented the drug addled voice of the collection's protagonist ...

    Johnson starts his stories by disarming you with humor and the off-kilter charm of his narrators, and it stays with you as their crazy unspools - the crazy varying from mildly eccentric to bat shit. It seems like he loves these lost and sometimes beaten men and wants his reader to feel...

    Quick book-5 stories long. The obvious standouts for me where the first (Largesse) and last (Doppelganger Poltergeist) stories. The writing was assured and capable and...masculine. They were winding, but they never strayed, every nuance or detail was integral to the story in some way o...

    Met opperstilist Denis Johnson achter het stuur rijd je via haarspeldbochten bergaf en kom je gedesoriŽnteerd beneden. Onderweg scheur je van gevangenis langs afkickkliniek richting sterfbed. Nee, dit is geen strandstoelboek. Gemarineerd in bedrieglijke nonchalance en dito onstuimighe...

    I read "Jesus' Son" recently and crapped all over it in review (not much of a review but anyway) - now, after this dazzling collection, DJ's final contribution I may go back and take a more careful consideration of those early stories if only to see where these two books connect. These...

    There are two sentences at the end of the fourth of the five stories presented in this too slim volume. I hesitate to share them but I will, knowing they have been used before in reviews. Johnson wrote: It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the...

    Review to come. Need to let some time pass. May go to a 5* ...

  • Neil
    Feb 02, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

  • Robin
    Feb 07, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

  • Simon Robs
    Feb 13, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    Somehow it was fitting that last week, while I was mourning the sudden death of Joe Frank, I discovered this posthumous book by Denis Johnson. Each of these men were American originals, storytellers who stripped straight through to the dark side of the American dream. In fact, listenin...

    This one was a soul changer. I love Denis Johnson's work with all my heart, and this one, as his posthumously released short story collection, was an emotional one both in concept and content. It fully lives up to anticipation? the moments of emotion and human truth that we find in...

    This is a great collection of short stories. I love the way Johnson was able to take stories of ordinary people who have fallen on hard times and make something strangely beautiful out of them. ...

    I've been a fan of Denis Johnson's writing every since I picked up Jesus' Son on audiobook, stumbling across it in a wholesale distributor pop-up shop in 2012. Will Patton's whispery, clench-teethed narration perfectly complimented the drug addled voice of the collection's protagonist ...

    Johnson starts his stories by disarming you with humor and the off-kilter charm of his narrators, and it stays with you as their crazy unspools - the crazy varying from mildly eccentric to bat shit. It seems like he loves these lost and sometimes beaten men and wants his reader to feel...

    Quick book-5 stories long. The obvious standouts for me where the first (Largesse) and last (Doppelganger Poltergeist) stories. The writing was assured and capable and...masculine. They were winding, but they never strayed, every nuance or detail was integral to the story in some way o...

    Met opperstilist Denis Johnson achter het stuur rijd je via haarspeldbochten bergaf en kom je gedesoriŽnteerd beneden. Onderweg scheur je van gevangenis langs afkickkliniek richting sterfbed. Nee, dit is geen strandstoelboek. Gemarineerd in bedrieglijke nonchalance en dito onstuimighe...

    I read "Jesus' Son" recently and crapped all over it in review (not much of a review but anyway) - now, after this dazzling collection, DJ's final contribution I may go back and take a more careful consideration of those early stories if only to see where these two books connect. These...

  • Will
    Jan 28, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    Somehow it was fitting that last week, while I was mourning the sudden death of Joe Frank, I discovered this posthumous book by Denis Johnson. Each of these men were American originals, storytellers who stripped straight through to the dark side of the American dream. In fact, listenin...

    This one was a soul changer. I love Denis Johnson's work with all my heart, and this one, as his posthumously released short story collection, was an emotional one both in concept and content. It fully lives up to anticipation? the moments of emotion and human truth that we find in...

    This is a great collection of short stories. I love the way Johnson was able to take stories of ordinary people who have fallen on hard times and make something strangely beautiful out of them. ...

    I've been a fan of Denis Johnson's writing every since I picked up Jesus' Son on audiobook, stumbling across it in a wholesale distributor pop-up shop in 2012. Will Patton's whispery, clench-teethed narration perfectly complimented the drug addled voice of the collection's protagonist ...

    Johnson starts his stories by disarming you with humor and the off-kilter charm of his narrators, and it stays with you as their crazy unspools - the crazy varying from mildly eccentric to bat shit. It seems like he loves these lost and sometimes beaten men and wants his reader to feel...

    Quick book-5 stories long. The obvious standouts for me where the first (Largesse) and last (Doppelganger Poltergeist) stories. The writing was assured and capable and...masculine. They were winding, but they never strayed, every nuance or detail was integral to the story in some way o...

    Met opperstilist Denis Johnson achter het stuur rijd je via haarspeldbochten bergaf en kom je gedesoriŽnteerd beneden. Onderweg scheur je van gevangenis langs afkickkliniek richting sterfbed. Nee, dit is geen strandstoelboek. Gemarineerd in bedrieglijke nonchalance en dito onstuimighe...

    I read "Jesus' Son" recently and crapped all over it in review (not much of a review but anyway) - now, after this dazzling collection, DJ's final contribution I may go back and take a more careful consideration of those early stories if only to see where these two books connect. These...

    There are two sentences at the end of the fourth of the five stories presented in this too slim volume. I hesitate to share them but I will, knowing they have been used before in reviews. Johnson wrote: It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the...

  • Rae DelBianco
    Jan 14, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    Somehow it was fitting that last week, while I was mourning the sudden death of Joe Frank, I discovered this posthumous book by Denis Johnson. Each of these men were American originals, storytellers who stripped straight through to the dark side of the American dream. In fact, listenin...

    This one was a soul changer. I love Denis Johnson's work with all my heart, and this one, as his posthumously released short story collection, was an emotional one both in concept and content. It fully lives up to anticipation? the moments of emotion and human truth that we find in...

  • Dax
    Jan 29, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

  • Truman32
    Feb 03, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...