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Jesus' Son

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    I am still alive!

    Read on the reviews anywhere for "Jesus' Son" - stories by Denis Johnson and you'll see the same things: amazing, life changing, a masterpiece.
    So I finally took the plunge!

    "Jesus' Son" is eleven short tales about drug addicts, low lifes and other miscreants. I thought the stories were good, not great. The writing is unique and as one reviewer blurb on the book says, "its like reading ticker tape from the subconscious" and thats a dead on description.

    Somewhere along the way, I read that Chuck Palahniuk said that "Jesus' Son" is one of his favorite books and that he often refers back to it when writing his own novels.

    The stories I really enjoyed-

    Car Crash While Hitchhiking
    Out on Bail
    Work
    Emergency
    Steady Hands at Seattle General
    Beverly Home

    Not your normal short stories by any means, but very good!

    ** A movie was made from this book, starring Billy Crudup, Denis Leary, Dennis Hopper, Jack Black & Holly Hunter, unfortunately the amazing cast did nothing for it, I do not recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Reminiscent of...

    The best of William Burroughs and Jean Genet, but with a lighter hand.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

    Good read!

    Interesting stories for a few hours of reading pleasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Very good stories

    This collection of stories is fun and interesting. The characters are unique and funny, sad and reflective. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an unusual style of story telling and memorable characters. Very fun.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Outstanding...

    I was totally blown away with this book. The short stories were amazing. Denis Johnson has the ability to make you feel like you are a direct part of the story, many authors lack this talent. Jesus' Son is a short and quick read, but yet powerful and lasting. I will definately read this one again. A+ for Jesus' Son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    this book is divine

    I can't repeat here. Throughout the book, he's battling inner demons but is still able to perceive divinity in the world. By the end of the book, he's born anew, having moved from self-centerdness to God-centerdness. At the beginning, life is all about him by the last story, he's serving others. This is an amazing book and will only be written once. I can't recall reading a book this lucid and theologically insightful. This was a major discovery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    the fiction centerpiece right now

    this is it. this is where fiction is at its best right now. other-worldly & hard to describe. the book is the best description of its own self.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    I may like it better on a 2nd read ...

    This collection of stories reminded me of Brautigan. Except Brautigan is more fun. But they grew on me. And he made me laugh at things I never expected. Strange little tales about neighborhood drug-addled thugs and sociopaths.

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