A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 One of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year One of NPR’s 10 Best Novels of 2011 Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions.Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the... show more
A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 One of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year One of NPR’s 10 Best Novels of 2011 Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions.Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West—its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge builders—the new novella by the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.
Publish date: August 30th 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 116
Edition language: English
A difficult read. It fehlt very melancholy for me, though it was told with some kind of distance.
A solid story, sad and satisfying, one which might, initially, provoke feelings of déjà vu in those who’ve read A Prayer for the Dying. An American mountain man, stoic and self-sufficient, enjoys an all too brief period of love and intimacy before tragedy and loss impose, and he’s left to fend for a...
A strange little book mixing humor and tragedy like a drink that you don't particularly care for but feel compelled to finish.
I decided to review all the books I read, and it's been tough because of how much I've enjoyed the books I've come across since making that decision.At just over 100 small-cut pages, Train Dreams is billed as a novella, but it has everything you could ever want in a novel: shootings, birth, death, l...
A tall tale of the American West told with a very modern, humanistic writing style. The brutality of everyday existence in the old West is highlighted with great craft and beauty. The tall tale (less realistic) elements are all the more creepy because they are shared with the same no-nonsense pros...