From Library Journal
Leonard English, a failed suicide from Kansas, arrives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in bleakest November to begin a new life as a private detective. The first thing he notices is that the women in town look remarkably mannish; then he realizes that they are men. The one real woman he meets is gay, but he pursues her anyway. A self-proclaimed "knight of faith," English tries to embrace Catholicism, but the local priest doubts his sincerity. Cut off from God and convinced that a secret paramilitary group is on his trail, English arms himself for a violent last stand. Johnson, author of the noir classic Angels (1983), here rehabilitates the Kierkegaardian religious novel. At once hilariously funny and profoundly serious, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man is philosophical fiction of the first order and a minor masterpiece of New England local-color literature.
- Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law School Lib., Los Angeles
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"A cosmically charged fiction that combines hard-boiled theology and a redeeming wit -- the perfect spiritual tonic for tough times." -- --Kirkus Reviews
"An utterly brilliant and original talent, a novelist who reminds us just how wonderful fiction can be." -- --Philadelphia Inquirer
"Denis Johnson is an artist. He writes with a natural authority, and there is real music in his prose." -- --New York Times Book Review
"One of the best and most compelling novelists in the nation." -- --Elle