The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson

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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories Read Online Free - A new story collection, the first since his seminal Jesus' Son, from "the most essential writer of his generation" (Los Angeles Times), a National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Twenty-five years ago, Denis Johnson published Jesus' Son, "a work of spare beauty and almost religious intensity" (Entertainment Weekly), which remains a touchstone today, ardently beloved by readers and writers alike. Included in The New York Times' list of the "25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years" (alongside Toni Morrison's Beloved and Philip Roth's American Pastoral), it is routinely described in the press as the single most important and influential book of short stories in a generation.
Now, after years of writing novels and plays in a very different mode, Johnson returns to the short story form that first catapulted him to the highest pedestal of American writers. Though the subject matter -- middle-aged life and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves -- finds Johnson in new territory, the style is pure, vintage, inimitable Johnson.
Taken together, the stories in this powerful and deeply felt collection are Denis Johnson at his absolute best, the highest-caliber work of an American master.



Title : The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories
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ISBN : 0812988639
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 207 pages


Reviews


Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 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 it and the wri...


Robin rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2018

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 a style that i...


Perry rated it ★★★★★

January 18, 2018

Once in a while, I feel unworthy to give a book its due accolades, or I'm speechless from its effect on me, or at the moment don't have time to write a review brief enough that you will have time to read it and, at least it's my hope, be persuaded to read the book ASAP. Right now it's all of the...


Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

January 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 it and the wri...


Larry rated it ★★★☆☆

February 23, 2018

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 months after he died...


Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2018

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 chose the audio...


Trish rated it ★★★★☆

February 11, 2018

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, each so well-conce...


Neil rated it ★★★★★

February 02, 2018

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 writes makes you fee...


Jill rated it ★★★★★

October 29, 2017

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, ‘Writing. It is easy work…Wh...


Lee rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2018

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 on a hundred...





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