Train Dreams

Train Dreams

Audiobook CD - 2011
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An epic in novella form, from the bestselling author of Tree of Smoke

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.

Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, p2011
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9781427213778
Branch Call Number: CDA FIC JOH
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (ca. 2.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Patton, Will


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Jun 14, 2018

I'm not sure what to think of this one. This short novella tells a long tale in a sparse and emotionless way.
Robert Granier is a loner throughout his life. He doesn't seem to be emotional in any way; he goes with the flow. It makes for an unemotional story and gives it an aloof feel.
The train is always in the background. I like trains, so this is comforting, in its way. I'm not sure whether the train signifies the passage of Life or the growth of the West in America. Either way it is an interesting detail to the story.
Also throughout are wolves. The independent creatures with a lonely howl. Robert Granier identifies with them throughout the years.
Wonderful descriptions, a solitary & aloof life, beautifully told.

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