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I have tried several other Johnson novels, and this is without question his best. The only thing that compares to it is Jesus' Son, the short story collection. Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by Bodhi Gaia
Throughout the book I kept waiting for the book to redeem itself, and that redemption never came. It clearly was trying too hard to be "deep" and postmodern, exemplified by the... Read morePublished on March 18, 2008 by disaffectedreader
Even the shaggy ANGELS, with its ham-fisted count-down to the gas chamber, beats HANGED MAN. Although none of the critics who orginally reviewed it seemed to notice--or mind--only... Read morePublished on July 7, 2007 by blackandwhitedog
such a waste. read Jesus' Son instead--it's amazing. this...is...the dullest thing i have ever read. my book club hates me for it. they will all get Jesus' Son for xmas.Published on October 18, 2005 by Play for Speech
Denis Johnson is one of our most talented writers and poets today. He may be underrated, and younger writers like Rick Moody overrated. Read morePublished on September 11, 2002
The ostensible protagonist English is a sad case. Haunted by guilt over having been uncommunicative to his dead parents and not having "served" as a Vietnam vet he is... Read morePublished on April 22, 1999