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Those of us who expected a haunting and penetrating psychological portrayal of a time, a country (or two), and a fascinating set of characters were richly rewarded.
Both of these guys are seriously messed up, but they just might be the most interesting characters in the book.
This book is phenomenal. I realize that there is probably no space for additional laurels on this books lapel, but I'm on a roll. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Menocal
Basically, a big disappointment. Characters I couldn't care less about; no clear narrative; and no sense of how the War in Viet Nam affected its participants. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Niradog
There is a very good reason why 'Tree of Smoke' won The National Book Award, one of the most prestigious prizes in Literature; it is, without exaggeration, one of the greatest... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Corey Lidster
As another reviewer wrote, I am surprised at the negative reviews. Personal taste, I know. Instead of just reading the storyline, the authors leads you into thots, emotions,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by EYESMILE
After reading Tree of Smoke, I have to say how much I admire Denis Johnson's poetic imagery, highly visual descriptions, variety in character and multiple story lines. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Gallaher
This book doesn't deserve to be hated or loved. It doesn't deliver enough of anything to warrant either of those. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Frank in San Diego
It takes a very strong person to attempt to describe the indescribable, and I am so grateful that someone had the fortitude and energy to do just that in an extremely personal... Read morePublished 5 months ago by RCR
Rereading the book for the fourth time. Johnson captures these intertwined characters perfectly, with the Vietnam War situation almost incidental to the story. Read morePublished 7 months ago by GPK