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The most successful stories in the collection offer moments of startling clarity. In "Car Crash While Hitchhiking," for instance, the narrator feels most alive while in the presence of another's loss: "Down the hall came the wife. She was glorious, burning. She didn't know yet that her husband was dead.... What a pair of lungs! She shrieked as I imagined an eagle would shriek. It felt wonderful to be alive to hear it! I've gone looking for that feeling everywhere." In "Work," while "salvaging" copper wire from a flooded house to fund their habits, the narrator and an acquaintance stop to watch the nearly unfathomable sight of a beautiful, naked woman paragliding up the river. Later the narrator learns that the house once belonged to his down-and-out accomplice and that the woman is his estranged wife. "As nearly as I could tell, I'd wandered into some sort of dream that Wayne was having about his wife, and his house," he reasons. Such is the experience for the reader. More Genet than Bukowski, Denis Johnson lures us into a misfit soul's dream from which he can't awake. --Langdon Cook
I've never read anything quite like this and love the writer's style in these stories, which is evocative and surreal. Read morePublished 19 days ago by bud_nashville
Took a few times to really get the full effect of the great writing. Original from front to back.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Brannum
You can tell Johnson is a poet throughout each short story. Each word is extremely deliberate and feels like years of work went into editing and perfecting this collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by seltzer
Short stories about people at the lower end of the working class. Struggling with life and relationships. Well written, heartfelt but not sentimental. Recommened. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Berntzen
Another very well written book that has stories with no plot. Don't be fooled into buying this book of poetry masquerading as prose.Published 2 months ago by Anonymous23
This series of stories are extremely well crafted with gorgeous writing and acute observations on life and living. A special treat to read and digest.Published 3 months ago by Luke
This is a required textbook for my English writing class, and it is a very interesting book to read as well! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caroline L.
I just finished reading Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son collection of short stories. It's been around a while so you may have read a couple of the stories in various 'best of'... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kenny A. Chaffin