The Largesse of the Sea Maiden [Read] Author Denis Johnson

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Minous prose this collection finds Johnson in new territory contemplating old age mortality the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the u. I note that I ve lived longer in the past now than I can expect to live in the future I have to remember than I have to look forward to Memory fades not much of the past stays and I wouldn t mind forgetting a lot of it What an amazing platform GR is Without it I d have been none the wiser and would have been oblivious as to the existence of the writings of Denis Johnson And what a shame that would ve beenThere is something uietly haunting about these stories Each one is told from the perspective of one narrator We re taken on a journey with them via their raw thoughts We see the world as they do Underlying pathos and angst the characters are all going through emotional situations in their lives We see the frailty of human life both in body and mind The pain of human existence the humdrum of the day to day the demons the obsessions the addictions Somehow these stories capture the very essence of their characters lives And it s not always pretty But that s life tooThere is beauty In a snowflake falling to the pavement Random snowflakes spiralled in the air I could feel the serenity in the scene I could see if slowly travelling to earth Denis Johnson is a beautifully descriptive writerThere is also bitter and wicked humour scattered throughout The story about the awards ceremony The story about the AA participant writing letters to all and sundry including the devil The story of a young man s obsession with Elvis and conspiracy theories that continues well into adulthood Life is stranger than fiction Let s just face the music and the facts Somebody s going out of my mind I m a huge fan of the short story genre and these five stories re iterate why it s such an amazing genre If done well it s magic on the page These stories are magic While being hesitant to compare one Author to another I can t help but be reminded of Raymond Carver s writing Anyone familiar with Raymond Carver will know what I m talking about The layers of emotion contained in the stories where as much as is being left unsaid makes as much noise as that which has been For a novella sized novel these stories pack a depth of feeling into them This is the sort of book that will leave me pondering for some time It s certainly left an impression Loved Thanks to GR friend Cheri for talking about this book otherwise I d have missed out on something very special

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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Niverse assert themselves Finished shortly before Johnson’s death in May 2017 this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come. Gravity is working against meAnd gravity wants to bring me down Oh twice as much ain t twice as goodAnd can t sustain like one half could It s wanting that s gonna send me to my knees Just keep me where the light isCome on now keep me where now keep me where the light is Gravity John Mayer Songwriters John Mayer It s plain to you that at the time I write this I m not dead But maybe by the time you read it Not having read anything by Denis Johnson before this and now having finished The Largesse of the Sea Maiden Stories I am moved but also sad that I have missed out on his books all these years before It reminded me a bit of when I heard that Kent Haruf had passed only a year or so after I d discovered him A gift I d just been given had suddenly been given a limit The second posthumously published book I d read this week This morning I was assailed by such sadness at the velocity of life the distance I ve traveled from my own youth the persistence of the old regrets the new regrets the ability of failure to freshen itself in novel forms that I almost crashed the car I m not typically a fan of short stories but these all seem related if not connected by themes which I love Facing who we are our transient nature the elusive ways of love and life and all of the unknowns of life I felt a strong sense of being the silent person sitting by and listening watching these stories being shared seeing the events unfurl weighing in on these people living their rather ordinary if occasionally peculiar lives their thoughts through which they condemn themselves and others and seek clemency and mercy from the world In other words living Life Day by day by day I note that I ve lived longer in the past now than I can expect to live in the future I have to remember than I have to look forward to Memory fades not much of the past stays and I wouldn t mind forgetting a lot of it I am choosing not to talk about the stories individually but about the themes that they collectively share they are simply about life Complex messy sometimes harsh sometimes comical even perhaps a sprinkling of the twisted and bizarre I wasn t drawn to this book because of the author as I knew nothing about him and the cover title certainly didn t draw me to it I was tempted by the reviews of my friends Angela and Diane and with Debbie s review I finally had to add this and reuested it from my library I m so glad I did Please check out Angela Diane and Debbie s reviews thanks once again to the Public Library system and the many Librarians that manage organize and keep it running for the loan of this book

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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson It follows the groundbreaking highly acclaimed Jesus’ Son Written in the same lu. Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this but I d never even heard his name before How s that possible to live my life talking books with whoever is willing not to know of this exceptional writerThis collection is comprised of five sizeable short stories written in a style that is conversational meandering unsentimental and poetic These stories touch on the tricky business of living and dying relationships the absurdity randomness and beauty of life our unknowing and unknowable selves addiction among other things The stories are masculine They are edgy They are whimsical and philosophical I won t go into plots What I will say is how they made me feelI felt in few pages like I knew these characters like I was sitting across from them over coffee and they were talking to ME I can see up close a filling age spots on a restless hand a stained shirt cuff a pink cheek at an emotional moment They re telling me everything that is important to them their pivotal life experiences I m there with them just me and them as their stories unfold What an intimacyAt the end of Triumph Over the Grave it was even than that I felt it wasn t just a character talking to me it was Denis Johnson himself this extraordinary writer who died last year Realising it was him all along I was overcome with the beauty of it all I was sobbing I was undone I know Crazy right This is not a common occurrence in my reading life let me tell youWhat a powerful parting gift from Denis Johnson While the final story about the Elvis obsessed poet didn t have the same allure for me as the other four stories I cannot give this collection less than five stars I should mention I listened to this on audiobook and it was excellent narrated by a group of fantastic actors Nick Offerman Michael Shannon Dermot Mulroney Will Patton and Liev Schreiber Highly recommended


10 thoughts on “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

  1. says:

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams After finishing this collection of 5 stories I initially rated it 35 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me Bu

  2. says:

    Not only had I never read Denis Johnson before this but I'd never even heard his name before How's that possible to live my life talk

  3. says:

    I'm between 3 and 35 starsIt doesn't matter The world keeps turning It's plain to you that at the time I write this I'm not dead But maybe by the time you read itDenis Johnson's last short story collection The Largesse of the Sea Maiden was published about eight months after he died from lung cancer at the age of 67 That fact certainly adds a feeling of melancholy to the collection even when he isn't writing lines like the ones a

  4. says:

    What is the loudest thing you’ve ever heard? What about the uietest? This collection of short stories starts with a party scene where people are wracking their brains for memories I want to be at this party For a second I forget about the book as I race down memory lane wondering what I would come up with if someone asked me these uestions Seriously these are delicious things to ponder Already this writer has me in

  5. says:

    Another literary icon has passed leaving us with this his offering Five stories each longer than your usual shorts The first the title story con

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    ”I note that I’ve lived longer in the past now than I can expect to live in the future I have to remember than I have to look forward to Memory fades not much of the past stays and I wouldn’t mind forgetting a lot of it”What an amazing platform GR is Without it I’d have been none the wiser and would have been oblivious as to the existence of the writings of Denis Johnson And what a shame that would’ve beenThere is so

  7. says:

    ” Gravity is working against meAnd gravity wants to bring me down“Oh twice as much ain’t twice as goodAnd can’t sustain like one half could It’s wanting that’s gonna send me to my knees“Just keep me where the l

  8. says:

    Denis Johnson's Sirenic Stories Visionary Tumulus at SeaOnce in a while I know my lexicon is insufficient to give a book all due acc

  9. says:

    Dear Mr JohnsonI sure wish you hadn't died yet so that you could write a whole bunch short stories to make me swoon over your brilliant themes your every other sentence that are uotable mini masterpieces of intelligence and witMy condolences t

  10. says:

    The reason I wanted to read this collection is because of how much I enjoyed Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams After finishing this collection of 5 stories I initially rated it 35 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me But as I’m writing this and thinking about it and the writing I have to give it 4 stars The writing is good and I liked three of the five stories so I’ll comment briefly on those My favori

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