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Recently adapted for the screen, this now-classic collection of 10 stories from the author of Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Angels is narrated by a young man, a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict whose dependencies have led him to petty crime, cruelty, betrayal, and various kinds of loss.
©1992 Denis Johnson (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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  • dngold77
  • San Francisco, CA USA
  • 09-02-18

Some books are better read.

The elliptical poetic nature of this short novel make following it in audio format nearly impossible. A great read (and a great movie) but not a great listen.

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Beautifully written but

It’s dark and disconcerting. It reads very much as a stream of consciousness instead of a coherent narrative. That being said it is extremely well written. Denis Johnson had a beautiful way with words and Will Patton is good. He often sounds like he’s losing his voice, but that part of his charm, I guess. There are very few redeemable elements about the characters in this book.

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Exquisite in content and composition

I have not been more moved by piece of literature in the last 30 years as I am with Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son. I am compelled to find everything he has ever written and devour it, most likely more than one read.

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Bizarre different but good

Amazing imagery outstanding writing strange stories that somehow end up feeling whole at the end

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Wonderful Collection

Jesus' Son is, bar none, one of the best short story collections I have read in years. And comparable to the writing, Will Patton's narration brings even more life to the stories. Recommended.

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narrator was good. story line was pretty terrible.

struggled to get through it. they story was hard to follow and I struggled to see the point. never ended up finishing it and was disappointed with the purchase. don't waste your money.

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