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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.
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 6 days 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 29 days ago by Akis
Unique and different but easy to get hooked on. Highly recommend for anyone looking for some well written, darker fiction.Published 2 months ago by Renee Kabrich
Full of surprises. Not your typical plots, language, or characters. He's one of the best contemporary writers.Published 2 months ago by John Wythe White
This is the book that got me interested in short stories of fiction. It's poetic, it's noir, it's literary - most importantly it's interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen
Wonderfully written prose. All poor reviews are from readers who clearly just don't get it (or refused to give it the light of day). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ian Simon