Monday, March 7, 2016

Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son

After reading Fiskadoro and Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son is a disappointment.  It is a romp, and full of energy and drive.  Johnson provides humor, pathos, and interlocks the stories in ingenious ways.  Yet for all this, the collection lacks depth.  It is as if Johnson was so eager to give his collection speed and verve, that he forgot or failed to give it complexity. 

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