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Train dreams

by Johnson, Denis, 1949-2017

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 14 Libraries 14 of 17 copies
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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

Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions.

Robert Grainer is 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.

Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West-its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge builders-the new novella by the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "National Book Award-winner Johnson, ever the literary shape-shifter, looks back to America's expansionist fever dream in a haunting frontier ballad about a loner named Robert Grainier. Left in the dark about why he was put on a train by himself as a young boy and sent cross-country to relatives in Idaho, Grainier revels in the hard, dangerous work and steadying loneliness of logging mighty forests and building gravity-defying and spirit-testing railroad bridges over plunging gorges. He finally marries, only to return to the massive undertakings he hungers for, leaving his wife and baby girl in their isolated cabin. After hearing about and witnessing myriad crimes and catastrophes embodying the sublime and the macabre, Grainier is blasted into his own private hell of horror and grief. By the time he emerges, cars and planes have further transformed the world. 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.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Will Patton-who narrated Johnson's Tree of Smoke-helms this audio version of the author's far more compact novella about the life of day laborer Robert Granier, who-having lost his family-works his way across the country laying rail lines that will eventually connect the country. Patton narrates in a husky whisper, sounding like a longtime denizen of Johnson's semimythical American West. It is hard to place Patton's accent precisely, and this vagueness infuses his reading with an earthy, classic American sound that matches the author's prose. Highly stylized, Patton's narration might be too much to handle in a longer audiobook. But in this brisk performance, he never overstays his welcome, and the result is well worth a listen. A Farrar, Straus and Giroux hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Railroad construction workers -- United States -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 116 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780374281144 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0374281149 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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