Train Dreams

Train Dreams

eBook - 2011
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Presents the story of early twentieth-century day laborer Robert Grainer, who endures the harrowing loss of his family while struggling for survival in the American West against a backdrop of radical historical changes.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781429995207
1429995203
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Notes: "This novella was originally published, in slightly different form, in the Paris Review, 2002"--Title page verso

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uncommonreader
Jan 07, 2017

An ordinary man, a labourer, in the American West in the early 20th century at a time of great change. Very sympathique.

AL_ZACHT Dec 15, 2016

A beautiful, sparse homage to nature and to the technological transformation at the turn of the century.

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mdextras
Aug 21, 2016

Interesting book, captures the difficult life of those who populated the American West. Robert Granier, the main character goes through very difficult episodes in his life. Some of the descriptions are heart breaking. It is a small book, barely 116 pages but sometimes it felt as if hardship would never end in this book, and it doesn't really.

Tyler__J Jun 15, 2015

Denis Johnson is capable of such concentrated writing that he can say in a hundred pages what most others can't in a thousand. He perfectly blends the real and the abstract in way that seems more authentic than any other author I can think of.

KCLSRecommends Oct 20, 2014

A novella set mostly in the 1920s about the life of Idaho Panhandle railroad laborer Robert Grainer.

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PeterMacRaild
Mar 27, 2014

Spare, lyrical, strange, moving. I haven't been "sent", like I was by this book, in a good while. This is my first D. Johnson and I am holding out to read others. I probably have a good few years left and I don't want to shoot my bolt. This was the best book I read last year.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 20, 2014

Denis Johnson wrote a big, ambitious, sprawling book about Vietnam ("Tree of Smoke"), so it's understandable that he returned to the small scale and stark prose of his earlier books. A novella doesn't necessarily have to be slight, but this is to the point of being forgettable, despite Johnson's skillful writing. For my money, he's never topped his collection of interconnected stories, "Jesus' Son."

adam_cooper Feb 11, 2014

Melancholy. Stoic. Mystical. In an age of techno-fueled hyper-stimulation it was very rewarding to take this serene yet gritty train ride. At just over 100 pages the economy of this tragedy set in the Old West is admirable. On a recent visit to Melbourne Richard Ford suggested that Train Dreams would have won the Pulitzer if it had been longer. DJ should at least get an award for contributing a new genre to the world of fiction - the epic novella.

Jane60201 Apr 29, 2013

I didn't "get" this book and didn't finish it.

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KSerá
Jul 30, 2012

Great dialog.

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