The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Book - 2018
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A collection of stories contemplates subjects ranging from old age and mortality to the unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe manifest, depicting haunted characters trying to atone for the past, remember departed loved ones, or come to terms with lifelong obsessions.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812988635
0812988639
Branch Call Number: FIC SS
Characteristics: 207 pages ; 22 cm

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Philosophical Short Stories

“These four stories rank with Johnson’s best work, but the title story, a catalogue of singular moments related by a man who tells us he’s passing through life as if it were a masquerade, ranks with the best fiction published by any American writer during this short century.” -- New York Magazine

“These four stories rank with Johnson’s best work, but the title story, a catalogue of singular moments related by a man who tells us he’s passing through life as if it were a masquerade, ranks with the best fiction published by any American writer during this short century.” -- New York Magazine


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Mahjo
Feb 25, 2019

Had me laughing, holding my breath and stunned by the force of his language, words, phrases, characters I could see and feel. Denis Johnson. I’ve just encountered you and I am amazed with admiration.

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Jan 05, 2019

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Dec 29, 2018

On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2018

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kennethek
Mar 04, 2018

"These stories drift" (NYT). They sure do. First couple are quite good then down hill from there becoming so abstract that this reader just didn't care.

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mogollon
Feb 22, 2018

A beautiful, moving, funny collection of stories. At times it feels like reading Denis Johnson eulogizing himself. Highly recommended.

DBRL_EricS Feb 13, 2018

Last year Denis Johnson left us, succumbing to liver cancer. Fortunately we have this final posthumous publication. It's an outstanding collection of short stories that makes a fitting final statement from a writer of his talents. Broken and lost characters talk to us from county jail, treatment centers, universities, and well-heeled suburban neighborhoods. Many characters are looking back on their lives and contemplating mortality. As a fan reading this felt like both a celebration of Denis Johnson's work and a reminder of what we have lost (he was only 67). He was one of the greatest writers of the last several decades and he will be missed.

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