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Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
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Apr 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: novella, 21st-century-fiction

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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Reading Progress

April 18, 2012 – Shelved
April 23, 2012 – Started Reading
April 23, 2012 – Shelved as: novella
April 23, 2012 – Shelved as: 21st-century-fiction
April 23, 2012 –
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May 3, 2012 –
page 20
17.24%
May 17, 2012 – Finished Reading
May 20, 2012 –
100.0% "Wow, this was great. So beautiful."

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