- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 21, 2009
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002MGC9I6
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What this book does, better than any other book I've read, is capture the beauty and tragedy of these lost lives. Johnson is great at imagery, whether the misty, sunlit dive bar on a rickety pier, or the deserted drive-in in the snow. He's also great at writing from the inside of these characters-- their tragic worldview makes sense through their eyes. The hallucinatory beauty of these "prose-poems" goes hand-in-hand with the altered perceptions of the characters-- these people live as if in a dream state.
If you're ready to write off people on the fringes of society, then you probably won't appreciate this book. Like he did in "Angels," Johnson takes these forgotten people, and makes them live and breathe on the page. Many times, his characters seem more truly alive than those who would write them off or forget about them.
Palahniuk's endorsement was good enough for me. Any book that someone has read more than two hundred times must be worthwhile, or at least worth taking a look at. Besides, this remarkable collection of short stories is only 160 pages long, the pages are small (I measured it and it was about 7' x 4'), and there are not many words on each page. It doesn't take long to read. If it matters, I also always knew Denis Johnson was out there, a highly regarded poet and novelist, ever since 'Fiskadoro' had been published more than a decade ago. I had to read something by him sometime.
I sat down last night and started reading 'Jesus' Son' and didn't put it down until I was finished. It didn't take me long and was worth every minute. 'Jesus' Son' contains eleven short stories, all written in the first person, all connected by the common voice of the same narrator, a young, strung-out misfit whose pathology permeates every story. The stories are grim, just like the dark, desperate life of the narrator, just like the violent, disconnected, drug-clouded lives of the people who surround him. They are stories in which the narrator seemingly transcends his life, his drug- and alcohol-induced cloud of unknowing illuminating an at times crystalline-pure vision of the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Painful. I only made it a couple pages into the second story before throwing into the trash; having not finished it and giving the author the benefit of the doubt being the only... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mason G. Petty
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Dennis Johnson’s 1992 collection of short stories, “Jesus’ Son”, is now in its 15th edition as a Picador paperback, a testament to its staying power,... Read more
My professor recommended this book and I am glad it did not disappoint. Each story brought me along with the characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Justly LaShay
hands down one of the best collections of short stories published in the last 60 years. It's unbelievably well written and engaging from cover to cover. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christine
Incredible writing. I wan't to read everything Denis Johnson has written.Published 4 months ago by DJ