The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

A new story collection, the first since his seminal Jesus' Son, from "the most essential writer of his generation" (Los Angeles Times), a National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.Twenty-five years ago, Denis Johnson published Jesus' Son, "a work of spare beauty and almost religious intensity" (Entertainment Weekly), which remains a touchstone today, ardently beloved by readers and writers alike. Included in The New York Tim...

Details The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

TitleThe Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Literary Fiction

Reviews The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

  • Angela M
    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 3.5 stars feeling that some of the meaning had escaped me . But as I’m writing this and thinking more 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 favorite is the fi...
  • Jill
    What an amazing gift it must be to take instances of everyday life and infuse them with lyricism and meaning.Denis Johnson, in this posthumous collection, expands on this head-on in a story that is appropriately titled, “Triumph Over The Grave.” His narrator confides, ‘Writing. It is easy work…Whatever happens to you, you put it on a page, work it into a shape, cast it in a light.”For those who have ever tried their hand at writing—I ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Five lengthy short stories, each one, a gem. Denis Johnson, who died last May, deserved every accolade he received during his lifetime. Numerous awards, prestigious shortlistings -- the list of honors continue to accumulate, to be capped by this extraordinary collection. As I've said, each story which may have roots in Johnson's own life stands on its own and has been summarized elsewhere. If I had to pick one, it would be the Triumph Over the Gr...
  • Doug H
    I'm obsessed with this short story. I think it's brilliant. I have read it three times and will likely read it once again before I write a proper review (probably tomorrow).
  • Jason Coleman
    This is listed as an ebook, but I think this is just a case of databases getting confused and there is no such animal. This short story in ten chapters appeared in a recent New Yorker, and if Train Dreams—which went ten years between magazine and book publication—is any indication, that's the only place you'll be able to read it for perhaps a very long time. (If ever: another story, "Xmas in Las Vegas" published in Tin House in '03, has yet t...
  • Mike W
    Review to come. Need to let some time pass. May go to a 5*
  • Mary Lins
    Sadly, Denis Johnson passed away in May, and “The Largess of the Sea Maiden”, will be publish posthumously this January (2018). This is a collection of five longish-short stories, each first-person narrated by a man reflecting on a significant event in his life. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story.In the title story, our narrator finds himself on the phone with his dying ex-wife. As he is apologizing for his many infidelities and other ...
  • Melki
    One of the better New Yorker stories I've read. Johnson is one helluva writer.
  • Jessica
    Feel slightly harsh rating this one when I only read the titular story, but in all honesty I never expected Johnson to be for me. Either he's too smart and therefore goes over my head, or I just don't like his writing. I suspect it's a combination of both. In The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (the only story I completed), he compares 'a group of mentally handicapped adults' to 'cheap cinema zombies', and my reaction to this pretty much sums up how I...
  • Alex
    Johnson was the best. He's still got the fastball in a few of these stories, and when Johnson is on I don't think there is anyone better. After his last few novels I forgot how absurdly funny he can be. A couple of the stories here weren't quite fastballs but who cares. You need to mix in a couple change-ups to really appreciate the heat.