Train Dreams: A Novella

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So it is with a heaping cup of pleasure, and a tablespoon of reluctance, that I tell you this little novella is finally its own book, with its own cover, as easy to find as a national park. I console myself: Most good and private things eventually get shared. You can now go ahead and read it. Tell us what you think.

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The visionary, miraculous element in Johnson's deceptively tough realism makes beautiful appearances in this book. The hard, declarative sentences keep their powder dry for pages at a time, and then suddenly flare into lyricism; the natural world of the American West is examined, logged, and frequently transfigured. I started reading 'Train Dreams' with hoarded suspicion, and gradually gave it all away, in admiration of the story's unaffected tact and honesty. The gothic sensibility of the wilderness and isolated settings and Native American folktales, peppered liberally with natural and human-made violence, add darkness to a work that lingers viscerally with readers.

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Highly recommended. Johnson draws on history and tall tales to adroitly infuse one contemplative man's solitary life with the boundless mysteries of nature and the havoc of humankind's breakneck technological insurgency, creating a concentrated, reverberating tale of ravishing solemnity and molten lyricism. An ode to the vanished West that captures the splendor of the Rockies as much as the small human mysteries that pass through them, this svelte stand-alone has the virtue of being a gem in itself, and, for the uninitiated, a perfect introduction to Johnson.

Train Dreams is a peculiarly gripping book. It palpably conjures the beauty of an American West then still very much a place of natural wonder and menace, and places one man's lonely life in that landscape, where he's at once comfortably at home and utterly lost. His characters are usually not the high and mighty but the down-and-out, sometimes marginalized individuals who struggle to communicate their deeper longings or their encounters with the transcendent.

A poet, he infuses his narratives with images that sparkle and even jolt but never overwhelm the reader. Train Dreams, luscious with grief, regret, and lowered expectations, is a lesson in end-of-the-frontier humility for a country anticipating apocalypse. More information about this seller Contact this seller 5. Seller Inventory BTE More information about this seller Contact this seller 6.

Published by Hamburg : Marebuchverlag, ,. From: buecheria, Einzelunternehmen Heinsberg, Germany.

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About this Item: Hamburg : Marebuchverlag, ,. Condition: Gut. More information about this seller Contact this seller 7. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Book is in excellent condition, showing only faint rubbing to boards, a touch of shelving wear to corner tips, modest bumping at ends of spine; otherwise in fine shape with a sharp interior--tight binding and crisp, clean pages throughout. Jacket has faint rubbing to surfaces, slight crinkle to tips and top of spine; now protected in mylar and attractive. A nice copy!.

Seller Inventory More information about this seller Contact this seller 8. Published by Farrar Straus, NY Dust Jacket Condition: New. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition 1st printing. More information about this seller Contact this seller 9. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good.

First Printing with full number line. Binding is tight, sturdy, and square; boards and text also very good. Shelfwear is very minor. Unclipped dust jacket. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information about this seller Contact this seller Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, About this Item: Farrar Straus Giroux, , Published by Hamburg, Mare , About this Item: Hamburg, Mare , DEA, S.

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