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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden Mobi ´ 224 pages Download ↠ [Reading] ➹ The Largesse of the Sea Maiden By Denis Johnson – The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important Ortant writers of his generation this collection finds Johnson in new territory contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries Another literary icon has passed leaving us with this his offering Five stories each longer than your usual shorts The first the title story concern a man who works in advertising he is nearing retirement and he tells us in short vignettes about his dead or disappeared acuaintances All these stories grapple with death in all its different permutations They oftentimes feature lives that have lost their way their control of their future My favorite was triumph over the grave Where a once successful author finds success doesn't guarantee happiness It is the most poignsnt story and the one that closest relates to the author I had thought I would love the last story with a character that has an obsession with Elvis as I had an older cousin who was Elvis crazy Unfortunately it turned out to be the one I liked the least This is a strong collection in my opinion the stories tell it like it is sometimes brutally Glimpses of lives in all their dark truths He will be missedARC from Netgalley

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Of the universe assert themselvesFinished shortly before Johnson's death this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to com ” 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 MaidenThe Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and imp 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 writer?This 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