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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Required text for a College Writing course and did not know what to expect. I was surprised by how well written this book was, and I was impressed by Mr. Read morePublished 20 days ago by happycritter
Incredible collection. I had read good things about this book for a long time but was turned off by the price (why charge so much for a short digital book?). Read morePublished 21 days ago by Mediocre Gatsby
I could not put this book down. At points it was like I was watching a train wreck happen. The author uses foreshadowing to build suspense and the way he describes events, people... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Bethany Iltis
The stories might sound like they're not going anywhere - and they're not. They're just a window in the life of the main character, which is not going anywhere. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dario
This book is a collection of interconnected short stories ... snapshots amidst the murk of a life consumed by drugs, self-loathing, hopelessness, insensitivity, and a complete... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl Anne @ Twisted Knickers
An interesting collection of short stories, with several surreal WTF moments. At time the writing is a bit clunky and tiring to follow, but the originality of the stories... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Akis