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Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
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May 28, 12

bookshelves: novella, 21st-century-fiction
Read from April 23 to May 17, 2012

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson is an elegiac novella set in the American west. The novella takes place between the late 1800's and into the 1960's. It chronicles the life of Robert Grainier and his struggles to carve out a living through logging, building railroads, and working odd jobs. At a deeper level, Train Dreams meditates on the losses Grainier experiences and how he adapts. The writing is thoughtful and gorgeous., showing Johnson's skill as a writer and Grainier's fresh perspective. Furthermore, the narrative flows well and lends the novella a dream-like quality as time jumps around through Grainier's memories.

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