Train Dreams Train Dreams

Train Dreams

A Novella

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Publisher Description

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011
One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year
One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011

From the National Book Award-winning author Denis Johnson
(Tree of Smoke) comes Train Dreams, an epic in miniature, and one of Johnson's most evocative works of fiction.

Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West—its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge builders—this extraordinary novella poignantly captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.

It tells the story of Robert Grainer, a day laborer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2011
August 30
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
128
Pages
PUBLISHER
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
222.4
KB

Customer Reviews

Emmet Aloysius ,

Good, not Great

I expected more after reading all the glowing reviews but found a good story, well written, and not verbose, but not extraordinary in any way. I will read more Johnson however as he has a way with words...EAF

ReallyRozzy ,

Gorgeous!

Not a word out of place. Gorgeous!

pkgoode ,

A rare beauty

A beautiful, subdued novella set in a forgotten time and place: the lumber camps of Depression-era Idaho and eastern Washington. The protagonist — one Grenier — discovers and clings to his humanity through the momentousness of love and grief. As ever, Johnson grasps the inherent worth in the downtrodden and outcast scorned by society. His inimitable description of Grenier’s first (and likely only) flight is worth the price or admission alone.

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