Download e-book for iPad: The Name of the World: A Novel by Denis Johnson

By Denis Johnson

ISBN-10: 0060929650

ISBN-13: 9780060929657

The acclaimed writer of Jesus' Son and Already Dead returns with a stunning, haunting, and darkly comedian novel. The identify of the World is a enthralling portrait of a professor at a Midwestern college who has been sufferer in his grief after an twist of fate takes the lives of his spouse and baby and has approved that grief to magnify him.

Michael Reed resides a posthumous lifestyles. even with outward appearances -- he holds a good collage educating place; he's an articulate and tasty addition to neighborhood social existence -- he's a useless guy walking.

Nothing can contact Reed, not anything can movement him, even if he observes with a mordant readability the lives whirling vigorously round him. Of his fresh bereavement, approximately 4 years past, he observes, "I'm talking as I'd converse of a metamorphosis within the earth's weather, or the hot war."

Facing the unwelcome finish of his transitority stint on the collage, Reed reveals himself pressured "to act like anyone who cares what occurs to him. " Tentatively he starts to enable himself make touch with a bunch of characters during this small educational city, souls who appear to have in universal a tentativeness in their personal. during this surroundings characterised, as he says, "by cynicism, occasional brilliance, and small, well mannered terror," he manages, opposed to all his expectancies, to discover humans to gentle his method via his inner most labyrinth.

Elegant and incisively saw, The identify of the World is Johnson at his most sensible: poignant but unsentimental, replete with the visionary imaginitive aspect for which his paintings is understood. here's a travel de strength through probably the most staggering writers at paintings today.

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33 The other important change was that the patrols were much smaller. We saw two, both on foot, one with three soldiers, one with four. We couldn’t figure out any reason for this. Maybe they were confident that they now had this part of the country under control, although it hadn’t been that long since we’d blown up the Heron Bridge. Maybe they needed soldiers so desperately in other areas that they’d been forced to cut numbers around Wirrawee. And although it sounds like small patrols would be better for us, it actually made things more difficult.

The mistake I’d made was to go to the mint patch on my own. It was the first time I’d been alone since shooting the soldier in Buttercup Lane. It was as though as soon as I strayed away from my friends the sky filled with this terrible thing. I crouched there for a couple of minutes. The hair on the back of my neck was prickling and I could no longer smell the mint, although my face was buried in it. After a while I heard Homer calling for me, and then I heard his heavy footsteps and his body brushing through the 48 overgrown wallflowers.

The mistake I’d made was to go to the mint patch on my own. It was the first time I’d been alone since shooting the soldier in Buttercup Lane. It was as though as soon as I strayed away from my friends the sky filled with this terrible thing. I crouched there for a couple of minutes. The hair on the back of my neck was prickling and I could no longer smell the mint, although my face was buried in it. After a while I heard Homer calling for me, and then I heard his heavy footsteps and his body brushing through the 48 overgrown wallflowers.

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