Clark, January 14, 2008 (view all comments by Clark)
I was totally blown away with this book. The short stories were amazing. Denis Johnson has the ability to make you feel like you are a direct part of the story; many authors lack this talent. Jesus' Son is a short and quick read, but yet powerful and lasting. I will definately read this one again. A+ for Jesus' Son.
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psaucerman, July 6, 2007 (view all comments by psaucerman)
Denis Johnson's brilliant first effort is on par with Jim Dodge's FUP, although it is a distinctly darker field. These short stories are perfect summer reading, even as the subject matter is a bit sobering.
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by Madison Smartt Bell, USA Today,
"These tales are told with...a kind of grinding realism which would suggest that these events are as purposeless as they seem. But at heart Johnson is a metaphysician, and through the luminous windows that startlingly open in the deadpan prose..."
"Johnson has the distinction of being both a poet and a novelist of gritty realism who uses language like a paring knofe to slice through to the bones of his subject matter....[These stories] are as muscular and tight as a washboard stomach, as resonant as a drum."
by Atlantic Monthly,
"[Johnson] is doing something deeply new in these stories, and the formal novelty brings us into a new intimacy with the violence that is rising around us in this country like the killing waters of a flood."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"A work of spare beauty and almost religious intensity."
by Publishers Weekly,
"[F]or the most part the stories are neurasthenic, as though Johnson hopes the shock value of characters fatally overdosing in the presence of lovers and friends will substitute for creativity and hard work from him."
by Marianne Wiggins, The Nation,
"Reading these stories is like reading ticker tape from the subconscious."
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