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Jesus' Son. (Lernmaterialien)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  23,800 Ratings  ·  1,734 Reviews
The unnamed narrator in Jesus' Son lives through a car wreck and a heroin overdose. Is he blessed? He cheats, lies, steals--but possesses a child's (or a mystic's) uncanny way of expressing the bare essence of things around him. In its own strange and luminous way, this linked collection of short fiction does the same. The stories follow characters who are seemingly margin ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published January 31st 2002 by Reclam Philipp Jun. (first published 1992)
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Rose - Sadness pie soup - I think the underlying theme of F.H's humanity is extremely compelling, in a way that most readers might not notice it at first glance. The underlying…moreI think the underlying theme of F.H's humanity is extremely compelling, in a way that most readers might not notice it at first glance. The underlying tones of who this man used to be really resonate deeply, not just with addicts and the like.(less)
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Ellen
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ellen by: Bob
Shelves: alltimefaves
I once fell in love with a man just because he recommended this book to me. He had a glass eye and fingernails with with half moons of crust lodged underneath, thick and dark as coffee grounds. He was living covertly and temporarily for about four years in one of those storage units out by the interstate, and I would sometimes go see him when I wanted to get high or feel better about my life. At some point he died when they blew up a bridge to build a dam, and he happened to be sleeping undernea ...more
Kevin
"I could understand how a drowning man might suddenly feel a deep thirst being quenched."

Magnificent, concise writing. A calm sort of sad, and strangely relaxing. Stories about people living in the corners of society.

It’s like I’m sitting on the porch of a shack in the middle of nowhere, listening to the saddest old man I know tell me misremembered stories about how shitty he was when he was young.

It all feels extremely real, like lives that were lived. The stories are connected, and all share a
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Bill  Kerwin
Apr 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories

A poetic, disorienting book of short fiction about semi-criminals, heroin addicts and idlers squandering their lives on the fringes of urban northern Idaho.

The narrator is a study in contrasts: irresponsible, irrational . . . and yet gifted with moments of almost mystical clarity.
Nancy
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nancy by: Evan
Posted at Shelf Inflicted

I wasn’t sure if I would like this collection of loosely connected stories about a young guy who is addicted to drugs, sometimes homeless, sometimes employed, and occasionally steals. He’s not an especially likable character, but I enjoyed being a part of his thoughts, his views, and his haphazard journey through life. Maybe it's because I have empathy for addicts and others who live on the edge.

This powerful and gripping collection of stories was troubling, intense, an
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J. Kent Messum
*I'm heartbroken to hear of Denis Johnson's recent passing. The man was a personal hero and great literary influence of mine. I'm floating this review of his quintessential masterpiece as a tip of the hat to the man who brought us some of the finest prose.

Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite works of all time. Denis Johnson is a major influence of mine, and Jesus' Son had a profound effect on me.

This was the book that showed me how far you could stretch your prose and still have it soun
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Garima
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: s.penkevich

I stayed in the library, crushed breathless by the smoldering power of all those words—many of them unfathomable.

Sometimes I judge and consequently love a book based upon the following points:

- A single, beautiful line I longed to read or hear in the words of some person other than me.

- A completely related character.

- A completely unrelated character.

- The way it makes me laugh.

- The way it makes me cry.

- The way it makes me feel extremely good about the life I’m leading.

- The way it makes me
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Eisnein
Junk-sick, Broke and Completely Alone, in a Land of Bad Intentions

I've gone through three copies of ‘Jesus’ Son’, reading it like a prayer-book, though it’s nothing of the kind. There's a sadness living in every sentence, and it doesn't really have any suggestions for better living, beyond a painfully obvious cautionary tale. Drugs are bad, m’kay?

The cautionary tale, however, is one interpreted by the reader. It's the best kind of dangerous, like a manual for poetic self-immolation, on burnin
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Jesus' Son: Stories, Denis Johnson
عنوان: پسر عیسا؛ نویسنده: دنیس جانسون؛ مترجم: پیمان خاکسار؛ تهران، زاوش، 1392، در 115 ص، شابک: 9786006846873؛ چاپ دوم: تهران، نشر چشمه، 1393، در 115 ص، شابک: 9786002292674؛
مجموعه يازده داستان كوتاه است؛ با عنوان پسرعیسا؛ داستان آدمهای حاشیه که همگی زندگیشان را باخته اند، اما داستانشان همچنان خوانشگر را شگفتزده میکند. دنیس جانسون نویسنده ی کتاب به اندازه ی داستانهایش در همین مجموعه، زندگی عجیبی داشته، سال 1949 در مونیخ متولد شده، سالهای زیادی از نوجوانی و جوانی
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Steve
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Denis Johnson took the fringe sensibilities of The Beats, added his own raw poetic touches, nicked a line from Lou Reed for the title, and ended up with an intensely unsettling collection of stories that prefigured to a T the drug classic Trainspotting. You may wonder at first if the unnamed narrator of these accounts could really be such an uncaring cad. Well, as a bottom line, maybe so. But the thoughts of murder, the thieving, and the ultra-callous disregard for fellow man were in large part ...more
Fabian
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent prose & a roaming plot to boot. These short stories together describe the grit inherent in modern America. We meet drunks and druggies, victims of crime and a vicious environment. America is rarely portrayed like this-- with so much beauty & ugliness combined. Books like these make me feel bad for hating on The Poets. This is poetic &, despite its brevity, confoundingly major. You want to read more of the narrator's misadventures: it is as addictive to the voracious reader ...more
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Poet, playwright and author Denis Johnson was born in Munich, West Germany in 1949 and was raised in Tokyo, Manila and Washington. He earned a masters' degree from the University of Iowa and received many awards for his work, including a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction (1993), a Whiting Writer's Award (1986), the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review for Train Dreams, and most recently, th ...more
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