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Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
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Jan 19, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: i-own-these-books, fifty-two-books-in-oh-nine, short-stories, 2009
Read in October, 2009 , read count: 1

I've read a fair amount of books this year dealing with addiction/drugs - I'm surprised I love all of them as much as I do. Jesus' Son, like the others, uses words to the fullest effect. Each sentense in the short collection of short stories is carefully crafted, but not in a way that muddles the actual story; instead each word becomes important and each sentence unmasks something about the story or characters.

I didn't realize the narrator of each story was the same until the second or third story; I realized those little hints too late and I already want to go back and read it again and piece the stories together chronologically, as they are not presented here. I realized I needed to pay more attention to each sentence. The narrator himself, a drug abuser, is not sympathetic - I didn't like him. The real star here is the prose and the way the stories interweave.
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10/09/2009 page 36
22.5% "Another short story anthology, already feels very Salingery."
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