Search Results: "Denis Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

JESUS' SON by Denis Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Blunt and gritty: Johnson's beautifully damned stories sing with divine poetry, all the while bludgeoning us with existential reality."
Johnson (Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, 1991; Fiskadoro, 1985 etc.) brings together eleven down-and-out stories linked by their disagreeable narrator—a lowlife of mythic proportions who abuses drugs, booze, and people with reckless indifference. Read full book review >

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THE NAME OF THE WORLD by Denis Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"A new wrinkle on the overworked contemporary theme of lives lived on the edge, and one of Johnson's most interesting books."
A traumatized widower is painfully and gradually recalled to life in this deceptively simple—and surprisingly absorbing—short novel by the well-known poet and author (Already Dead, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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NOBODY MOVE by Denis Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"There's some dirty fun here, but plenty of authors are better at this sort of novel."
After his award-winning Vietnam epic, Johnson takes a busman's holiday with this hard-boiled genre exercise. Read full book review >

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TREE OF SMOKE by Denis Johnson
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"As the novel obliterates all distinctions between good and evil, allies and enemies, loyalty and betrayal, it sustains the suspense of who will survive long enough to have the last word."
Within the current political climate, the reader might expect a new novel about the war in Vietnam to provide a metaphor for Iraq. Read full book review >

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ALREADY DEAD by Denis Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Johnson's attempt at a noir epic intermittently excites and teases, but doesn't satisfy."
A kinky jeremiad about drug culture burnout (and fallout), powered by amusingly feverish images of California-as-Armageddon, from the poet and author whose recent fiction includes Jesus' Son (1992) and Resuscitation of a Hanged Man (1991). Read full book review >

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THE LAUGHING MONSTERS by Denis Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Johnson offers no new lessons about how dehumanizing post-9/11 lawlessness can be, but his antihero's story is an intriguing metaphor for it."
And for his next trick, Johnson delivers a taut, Conrad-by-way-of-Chandler tale about a spy who gets too close to the man he's shadowing in Africa. Read full book review >

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RESUSCITATION OF A HANGED MAN by Denis Johnson
Released: Jan. 1, 1991

Poet and novelist Johnson (The Stars at Noon, 1986, etc.) further elaborates his disorienting vision of a cracked world in this unnerving and edgy novel—a very hip sort of postmodern Catholic fiction that keeps you off-balance with all its genre-blending and gender-bending. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, the book will be utterly welcome with teachers and young artists alike, and fans of the first book will be in awe of this encore. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Roche (Loo-Loo, Boo and Art You Can Do, 1996) takes her artistic talents on the road, exploring crafts from around the world. Read full book review >

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MIM, GYM, AND JUNE by Denis Roche
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2002

"This is a well-crafted and believable story sure to relate to any school child facing her own concerns by creating her own solutions. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Parents and educators seeking to bully-proof their child and school will welcome this latest scenario from Roche (Little Pig Is Capable, 2002, etc.) depicting a child's real-life problem and well-resolved conclusion. Read full book review >

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LOO-LOO, BOO, AND ART YOU CAN DO by Denis Roche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Roche's illustrations, primitive and antic, are sure to entice readers into a world of art that inspires rather than intimidates. (Picture book. 4-9)"
TV stars Loo-Loo and Boo walk readers through potato printmaking, mask creation, collage, and sculpture in this useful art primer intended to reach budding craftspeople at their own level. Read full book review >

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OLLIE ALL OVER by Denis Roche
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"The companion volume—Only One Ollie (0-395-81123-6)—is just as fetching. (Board book. 1-3)"
Roche (Loo-Loo, Boo, and Art You Can Do, 1996), in her hugely charming, hand-size board book, opens the story with a line that lets toddlers in on a familiar game: ``Ollie was hiding. Read full book review >

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THE BEST CLASS PICTURE EVER! by Denis Roche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Here is that rare bird: cultivated anarchy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A rambunctious class of second graders loses and finds their guinea pig, gets a new teacher, successfully completes camouflaged English and math lessons, and has their class picture taken, all in a day's work. Read full book review >