The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. It follows the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus? Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating old age, mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselv The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. It follows the groundbreaki...

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Title:The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Author:Denis Johnson
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:207 pages pages

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Dec 29, 2017

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

  • Lee
    Jan 10, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

  • Cheri
    May 31, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

  • Ken
    May 21, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

  • Trish
    Feb 11, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

  • Jill
    Oct 26, 2017

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Nov 03, 2017

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    I?ve delayed reading this for awhile for a number of reasons, chiefly that I love Johnson, and know this is his last new book, and secondarily the mixed reviews I have read. In the end, I was reminded while reading this collection of why I love Johnson; his writing. Johnson is expert...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

  • Douglas
    Nov 20, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 12, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

  • Trudie
    Jun 28, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

  • Angela M
    Jan 19, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

  • Angela M
    Nov 18, 2017

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

  • Krista
    Feb 14, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

  • Christian Paula
    Jan 29, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    I?ve delayed reading this for awhile for a number of reasons, chiefly that I love Johnson, and know this is his last new book, and secondarily the mixed reviews I have read. In the end, I was reminded while reading this collection of why I love Johnson; his writing. Johnson is expert...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Wow. I don't know where to start. I guess at my beginning - I first heard about this book in late 2017 on a list of "Most Anticipated" books for 2018. I was not familiar with Denis Johnson, but I was intrigued by what I learned about him and his writing. By the time I had heard of Deni...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

  • Larry H
    Feb 22, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

  • Claire
    Sep 28, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    I?ve delayed reading this for awhile for a number of reasons, chiefly that I love Johnson, and know this is his last new book, and secondarily the mixed reviews I have read. In the end, I was reminded while reading this collection of why I love Johnson; his writing. Johnson is expert...

  • Perry
    Jan 16, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

  • Rebecca Renner
    Jan 18, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    I?ve delayed reading this for awhile for a number of reasons, chiefly that I love Johnson, and know this is his last new book, and secondarily the mixed reviews I have read. In the end, I was reminded while reading this collection of why I love Johnson; his writing. Johnson is expert...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

  • Debbie
    Apr 29, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

  • Stef Smulders
    Apr 09, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    I?ve delayed reading this for awhile for a number of reasons, chiefly that I love Johnson, and know this is his last new book, and secondarily the mixed reviews I have read. In the end, I was reminded while reading this collection of why I love Johnson; his writing. Johnson is expert...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

  • Doug
    May 10, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

  • Bianca
    Nov 25, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

  • Neil
    Feb 02, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

  • Nat K
    Jun 05, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

  • Robin
    Feb 07, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

  • Ron
    Oct 17, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

  • Kathleen
    Dec 01, 2017

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    I?ve delayed reading this for awhile for a number of reasons, chiefly that I love Johnson, and know this is his last new book, and secondarily the mixed reviews I have read. In the end, I was reminded while reading this collection of why I love Johnson; his writing. Johnson is expert...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Wow. I don't know where to start. I guess at my beginning - I first heard about this book in late 2017 on a list of "Most Anticipated" books for 2018. I was not familiar with Denis Johnson, but I was intrigued by what I learned about him and his writing. By the time I had heard of Deni...

  • Rae DelBianco
    Jan 14, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    I?ve delayed reading this for awhile for a number of reasons, chiefly that I love Johnson, and know this is his last new book, and secondarily the mixed reviews I have read. In the end, I was reminded while reading this collection of why I love Johnson; his writing. Johnson is expert...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...

    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, ...

    Well, 3.5*s. The writing is good, excellent in certain flashes of brilliance, but as stories these pieces lack power. The title story is the weirdest one, a collection of short scenes or anecdotes in which the main character has a series of encounters and experiences that seem hardly c...

    Loved it. Classic Denis Johnson. ...

    Wow. I don't know where to start. I guess at my beginning - I first heard about this book in late 2017 on a list of "Most Anticipated" books for 2018. I was not familiar with Denis Johnson, but I was intrigued by what I learned about him and his writing. By the time I had heard of Deni...

    Read it already. If this is your first Denis Johnson, or the last, this is a knockout collection. I may not have cared for some of the stories, but the man could fucking write. ...

    This one was a soul changer. I love Denis Johnson's work with all my heart, and this one, as his posthumously released short story collection, was an emotional one both in concept and content. It fully lives up to anticipation? the moments of emotion and human truth that we find in...

  • Dax
    Jan 29, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

  • Truman32
    Feb 03, 2018

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. "It doesn't matter. The world keeps turning. It's plain to you that at the time I write this, I'm not dead. But maybe by the time you read it." Denis Johnson's last short story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden , was published about eight mo...

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this, but I'd never even heard his name before. How's that possible, to live my life, talking books with whoever is willing, not to know of this exceptional writer? This collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories, written in...

    What is the loudest thing you?ve ever heard? What about the quietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories. I want to be at this party! For a second, I forget about the book as I race down memory lane, wonderin...

    Another literary icon has passed, leaving us with this his offering. Five stories, each longer than your usual shorts. The first, the title story, concern a man who works in advertising, he is nearing retirement, and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acquaint...

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories, Visionary Tumulus at Sea Once in a while, I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due accolades. That, or I'm speechless from its hypnotic effect, or I'm worried I don't have time to write a review succinct enough that a potential reader...

    ? Gravity is working against me And gravity wants to bring me down ?Oh, twice as much ain?t twice as good And can?t sustain like one half could It?s wanting more that?s gonna send me to my knees ?Just keep me where the light is Come on now, keep me where, now, ...

    ?I note that I?ve lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the past stays, and I wouldn?t mind forgetting a lot more of it.? What an amazing platform GR is! Witho...

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson?s Train Dreams . After finishing this collection of 5 stories, I initially rated it 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I?m writing this and thinking more about...

    This posthumous story collection by Denis Johnson is my first time reading him, but it won't be the last. Most of the people who have more experience in the group where we are discussing this prefer collections like Jesus' Son, but I'll have to wait to weigh in on the comparison. I ...

    Below I touch on the five short stories, which are anything but short in meaning or feeling. Two hundred pages can be read in a day, but who would want to rush these? Life is funny and also tragic. These stories can be both, equally. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden - This first sto...

    I?d never read any Denis Johnson before this, though of course I knew of his work. I thought I had endless days to finally show my appreciation. A GR friend describes the eponymous first story as if watching a magician at work. That story is actually a set of very short stories, e...

    The thing is, if, like me, you have read nearly all of Johnson?s novels, there is something about his writing that means you feel like you know him. I know that?s not true and I know that the "him" I know probably isn?t Johnson in truth, but the honesty and rawness of what he wri...

    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning. Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, ?Triumph Over The Grave.? His narrator confides, ?Writin...

    Had it not been for some GR friends raving about The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, I wouldn't have come across this short stories collection. I'm also grateful to the public library system for purchasing this book. First of all, I loved the writing. As it's the case with most, i...

    Set in Bodoni Bold, the same old familiar typeface as Jesus' Son, this collection of five longish stories feels like the career-ending bookend that it is. He wrote these stories while alive but now he's not -- the second-to-last story, an autofictional one about a writer friend dying o...

    * 2.5 * Hmmmm... I don't know if I need to belabour the point too much but I simply didn't connect with this short story collection. Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog and a thoughtful contemplation of mortality....

    Five stories, the final ones, from a great talent, Denis Johnson. Yes, I preferred Jesus' Son, but that's the proverbial "tough act you'll never follow," as they say of runaway successes. In this collection, I liked "Triumph Over the Grave" (#4) best. The middle prison story, "Stran...

    2.5, rounded up. First off, let me preface things by reiterating that short stories, those amuse-gueule of the book realm, are not really my forte. And that the only other Johnson I've read is his OTHER highly acclaimed collection of stories, 'Jesus' Son', which I also didn't partic...

    Read this if you want to be sucker punched in the face and the pain in your jaw is howling that you?re alive and it?s time to wake up and be present. ...

    Johnson was a poet first and foremost, and it shows in his fiction writing, particularly so in this impressive collection of five short stories. Clearly, Johnson imagined life as an attempt to navigate the darkness and pitfalls that are inevitably encountered on one's path through this...

    Three Rules To Write By Write naked. That means to write what you would never say. Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can?t waste it. Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail. Denis Johnson Having died ...

    I?ve delayed reading this for awhile for a number of reasons, chiefly that I love Johnson, and know this is his last new book, and secondarily the mixed reviews I have read. In the end, I was reminded while reading this collection of why I love Johnson; his writing. Johnson is expert...

    I first became aware of Denis Johnson from his seminal short story collection, Jesus? Son; his National Book Award winning novel, Tree of Smoke; as well as his perfectly timed (and downright nasty) passes to Larry Bird that eventually brought the championship banner back to the Bosto...