Jesus Son Jesus Son the first collection of stories by Denis Johnson presents a unique hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life unmatched in power and immediacy and marks a new level of achievement

  • Title: Jesus' Son
  • Author: Denis Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780060975777
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Jesus Son, the first collection of stories by Denis Johnson, presents a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life unmatched in power and immediacy and marks a new level of achievement for this acclaimed writer In their intensity of perception, their neon lit evocation of a strange world brought uncomfortably close to our own, the stories in Jesus Son ofJesus Son, the first collection of stories by Denis Johnson, presents a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life unmatched in power and immediacy and marks a new level of achievement for this acclaimed writer In their intensity of perception, their neon lit evocation of a strange world brought uncomfortably close to our own, the stories in Jesus Son offer a disturbing yet eerily beautiful portrayal of American loneliness and hope.Contains Car Crash While HitchhikingTwo MenOut on BailDundunWorkEmergencyDirty WeddingThe Other ManHappy HourSteady Hands at Seattle GeneralBeverly Home

    Jesus Son Jul , Directed by Alison Maclean With Billy Crudup, Robert Michael Kelly, Torben Brooks, Dierdre Lewis A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to Jesus Son Rotten Tomatoes May , JESUS SON is the intense, edgy, often hilarious story of a young man s circuitous journey from drug dependency and petty crime to a life redeemed by Jesus Son by Denis Johnson Jesus Son, the first collection of stories by Denis Johnson, presents a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life unmatched in power and immediacy and marks a new level of achievement for this acclaimed writer. Jesus Son short story collection Jesus Son Stories Picador Modern Classics Johnson Having bought and been delighted with The Largesse of the Sea Maiden which was not only a fabulous read but also beautifully presented , I wanted a companion, so bought the hardcover version of Jesus Son what is unclear from the write up and pictures is that the version is a miniature book approx x should be better described Jesus Son film Jesus Son Summary eNotes In that Jesus Son by Denis Johnson begins with a catastrophic car accident in Car Crash While Hitchhiking, it will come as no surprise that the stories related thereafter are symbolic car Why Is Jesus Called the Son of God How Is Jesus God s Son The Bible often calls Jesus the Son of God The expression Son of God acknowledges that God is the Creator, or Source, of all life, including that of Jesus.

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    About "Denis Johnson"

    1. Denis Johnson

      Poet, playwright and author Denis Johnson was born in Munich, West Germany in 1949 and was raised in Tokyo, Manila and Washington He earned a masters degree from the University of Iowa and received many awards for his work, including a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction 1993 , a Whiting Writer s Award 1986 , the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review for Train Dreams, and most recently, the National Book Award for Fiction 2007.

    830 thoughts on “Jesus' Son”

    1. I once fell in love with a man just because he recommended this book to me He had a glass eye and fingernails with with half moons of crust lodged underneath, thick and dark as coffee grounds He was living covertly and temporarily for about four years in one of those storage units out by the interstate, and I would sometimes go see him when I wanted to get high or feel better about my life At some point he died when they blew up a bridge to build a dam, and he happened to be sleeping underneath [...]


    2. I could understand how a drowning man might suddenly feel a deep thirst being quenched Magnificent, concise writing A calm sort of sad, and strangely relaxing Stories about people living in the corners of society.It s like I m sitting on the porch of a shack in the middle of nowhere, listening to the saddest old man I know tell me misremembered stories about how shitty he was when he was young.It all feels extremely real, like lives that were lived The stories are connected, and all share a prot [...]


    3. A poetic, disorienting book of short fiction about semi criminals, heroin addicts and idlers squandering their lives on the fringes of urban northern Idaho The narrator is a study in contrasts irresponsible, irrational and yet gifted with moments of almost mystical clarity.


    4. Posted at Shelf Inflicted I wasn t sure if I would like this collection of loosely connected stories about a young guy who is addicted to drugs, sometimes homeless, sometimes employed, and occasionally steals He s not an especially likable character, but I enjoyed being a part of his thoughts, his views, and his haphazard journey through life Maybe it s because I have empathy for addicts and others who live on the edge.This powerful and gripping collection of stories was troubling, intense, and [...]


    5. I m heartbroken to hear of Denis Johnson s recent passing The man was a personal hero and great literary influence of mine I m floating this review of his quintessential masterpiece as a tip of the hat to the man who brought us some of the finest prose Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite works of all time Denis Johnson is a major influence of mine, and Jesus Son had a profound effect on me This was the book that showed me how far you could stretch your prose and still have it sound dynam [...]


    6. I stayed in the library, crushed breathless by the smoldering power of all those words many of them unfathomable.Sometimes I judge and consequently love a book based upon the following points A single, beautiful line I longed to read or hear in the words of some person other than me A completely related character A completely unrelated character The way it makes me laugh The way it makes me cry The way it makes me feel extremely good about the life I m leading The way it makes me feel rich metap [...]


    7. Junk sick, Broke and Completely Alone, in a Land of Bad IntentionsI ve gone through three copies of Jesus Son , reading it like a prayer book, though it s nothing of the kind There s a sadness living in every sentence, and it doesn t really have any suggestions for better living, beyond a painfully obvious cautionary tale Drugs are bad, m kay The cautionary tale, however, is one interpreted by the reader It s the best kind of dangerous, like a manual for poetic self immolation, on burning yourse [...]



    8. Denis Johnson took the fringe sensibilities of The Beats, added his own raw poetic touches, nicked a line from Lou Reed for the title, and ended up with an intensely unsettling collection of stories that prefigured to a T the drug classic Trainspotting You may wonder at first if the unnamed narrator of these accounts could really be such an uncaring cad Well, as a bottom line, maybe so But the thoughts of murder, the thieving, and the ultra callous disregard for fellow man were in large part a f [...]


    9. Excellent prose a roaming plot to boot These short stories together describe the grit inherent in modern America We meet drunks and druggies, victims of crime and a vicious environment America is rarely portrayed like this with so much beauty ugliness combined Books like these make me feel bad for hating on The Poets This is poetic , despite its brevity, confoundingly major You want to read of the narrator s misadventures it is as addictive to the voracious reader as the drugs and booze.


    10. I kind of sort of liked this woozy teensy bouquet of junkie memories but it was just too oh what s the word even though the very sky above me was heavy with the five stars sluiced over this book by all previous readers in all the seven realms of readerdom I got a mean and unworthy thought that you could take sentences from almost anywhere in any of these stories and put them next to other randomly selected sentences and they would make as much sense, so I took something from page 20, 40, 80, 100 [...]


    11. All these weirdos, and me getting a little better every day right in the midst of them I had never known, never even imagined for a heartbeat, that there might be a place for people like us Denis Johnson, Jesus Son Sometimes while reading this I thought I was reading Burroughs just not so dark , other times J.G Ballard just not so cold , sometimes even Palahniuk but with of a poet s heart It was madness, a fever dream, tied together with beauty It was fragments of insanity stitched together wit [...]


    12. Look, I don t know how else to put this I recognize what Johnson s accomplished here, I acknowledge that he has a gift for phrase level shine, and I concede that these semi linked stories evince a remarkably coherent and vividly depicted worldview that I might call hopelessly optimistic, or maybe tending to carry on when there s clearly no good reason to do so, or else, succinctly, Conradian but, I m sorry, what I couldn t help but think feel, wading through one after another of these stories [...]


    13. This book ruined my reading bone for a long time I wanted every story I read, every story by every other author, to be just like the stories in Jesus Son But of course they weren t and aren t and they stand alone in my mind, even now Perhaps it s the whiskey talking, but I d go so far as to call this little book one of the greatest of my generation Not that such superlatives carry any weight any I just can t get over this book It was my first true love.


    14. What s the deal with great writers and drugs and or alcohol It seems most of my favorite writers start out with amazing talent and then slowly fizzle out under the weight of some form of substance abuse Patrick Hamilton, Carson McCullers, Richard Yates add your own.In my book, Denis Johnson is turning out to be an inverse exception to the rule For most of his twenties, Johnson was addicted to drugs and alcohol but he quit drinking alcohol in 1978 and quit recreational drugs in 1983 and this is r [...]


    15. I wouldn t dislike this book so much if professors and literati hadn t rubbed it in my face so much Don t get me wrong it wasn t entertaining, enlightening, intellectually arousing, and it didn t harbor any interesting characters or compelling scenes despite dealing with drugs, physical handicaps and multiple deaths The narrator was far too pretentious with far too little beautiful writing or insight to pull it off I was mostly bored or depressed, and occasionally outraged and how poorly written [...]


    16. Is there a way of writing the right stories about the right people,telling everything neatly from start to finish An Uppercase letter starting the story and a full stop waiting at the end A boy meeting girl on the first page and walking away with her in the last one.Or are stories like theseapshots of nightmares which some would call hell, but is home to some Where beautiful sentences strike you out of the blue, so beautiful that you read them again and again, flashes of lightning in a desolate [...]


    17. This collection of stories is really short, but don t let that fool you Each word releases so much power that an hour spent reading Jesus Son carries the same impact as two hours of reading another book Johnson throws off images like dazzling pieces of shrapnel, and for me, those gorgeous passages are what held the book together than any actual plot.The narrator is a junkie with a life so chaotic that you always have the feeling anything could happen at any second He might see an angel, or he m [...]



    18. To find Rick Bass s words of praise in the opening pages, speaking about this great 50,000 volt kick thrill of a book, I knew that this would be just the thing to cure my reading inertia I d followed a Carson McCullers novel like a dream into the rabbit hole, shrunk and dreamed until This One woke me like a cruel Queen Consider me awake.Not unlike characters from the early works of McCarthy, the faces that come in and out of focus in Denis Johnson s fictional world are victims of their own misfo [...]


    19. Un recorrido, capturando momentos, vidas rotas, desamparo, enajenaci n y destinos robados Una colecci n de sue os e ilusiones, desde el punto solitario de individuos que desean el amor pero son incapaces de tocarlo sin herirlo Son quemados por la pasi n, lo que no entienden y lo que quieren pero no pueden tener.


    20. Dennis Johnson has a good way to describe things and has placed trouble riddled characters amongst some literal beauty.A collection of stories tied together with a common theme of struggle and drugs.He brings your eyes into the lives of characters on this earth with problems.The few stories I mention areCar crash while hitchhikingAs the title say a powerful descriptive story where a hitchhiker is involved in an accident with a family including a baby.Visceral and shows very well all that the cha [...]



    21. The novelization of the Mountain Goats album We Shall All Be Healed Or We Shall All Be Healed is actually Jesus Son The Musical Either way._____Note In The Art of Reading Denis Johnson Poets and Writers, Nov Dec 2013, pgs 23 27 , the guest columnist suggests that the line I knew every raindrop by its name is symptomatic of a want of Wordsworthian affinity for the natural world, or a groping after a kind of Buddhist cohesion with the cosmos I call bullshit on this Boston University fellow s twee [...]




    22. I lost my phone charger, which meant I couldn t talk to the other people in my band about whether we were having band practice I assumed we were going to, though, because we skipped the last two and we have a show on Wednesday And we ALWAYS practice on Saturdays, right So I lugged my guitar usually it lives in the practice space, but I accidentally left it in Bex s trunk after we played the San Francisco Trans March This song is dedicated to everyone who throws around the word tranny without thi [...]


    23. Last Exit to Brooklyn in the boonies is what Jesus Son feels like It s an interconnected series of short stories starring the very down and very out in rural Iowa as they stagger through young adulthood Its protagonist s name is Fuckhead, so there you go.There s this great confused quality that s familiar to me from my own experimental days, which were much less dire not at all dire but, like, in one story they re all having a sendoff party for a friend who s going to jail, and midway through Fu [...]


    24. I don t usually care for books stories movies where drugs are the main topic of conversation but these characters drug habbits were entirely secondary to their familiarity There were so many underlinable moments that could ve been missed because of the fast easy pacing At first I thought Work was going to be my favorite but I m pretty sure Beverly Home takes up that spot in the end Maybe after I pause to catch my breath I ll consider this 4 stars but right now I feel like I ve been running long [...]



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