Le nom du monde
One of Johnson's genius strengths is to make very dissimilar themes seem suddenly inseparable. He has a poet's sense of movement, and a child's del ...more
that said, the final flower cannon scene in the book is a total mistake and letdown. in fact, the whole character of flower is a cliche and doesn't fit in here in this spare book that is only vulgar and obvious when she is around. otherwise, it's fresh and exact and wor ...more
However, Johnson does have some great insight and wonderful ramblings (such as his description of his deep relationship with the security guard at the art museum...with whom he has never actually spoken): "Exile, detachment, paralysis, fear--al ...more
pain can be your salvation. suffering is a reminder of all the joys available to experience. that feels like a good lesson for me right now.
one question i have for anyone who has read the book: why is flower's st ...more
The acclaimed author of Jesus' Son and Already Dead returns with a beautiful, haunting, and darkly comic novel. The Name of the World is a mesmerizing portrait of a professor at a Midwestern university who has been patient in his grief after an accident takes the lives of his wife and child and has permitted that grief to enlarge him.
Michael Reed is living a posthumous life. In spite of outward appearances -- he holds a respectable university teaching position; he is an articulate and attractive...more
It's the story of a burned-out, middle-aged professor at an unnamed Midwestern university still dealing with the loss of his wife and child several years earlier in a car accident. It's not an academic satire, though there are some funny/scathing observations. I was afraid it was going to turn into the cliche of nubile young student banishes demons of schlubby older ma ...more