Okay, so the circumstances of how I came to read this book are…interesting. In my writing class this semester, we had to pick a book from a list of twenty, read it, and then present on the book (the style, voice, structure, etc.) for about 20 minutes. I chose The Underground Railroad. One of my classmates chose Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams. And his presentation…motivated me to read the book. I don’t even know what else to say about this. Canelli and Amanda know the story….
Anyway, I read it. I mean, I murdered this book. Denis Johnson is one of the authors that, while I’ve never claimed him as a favorite, I’ve somehow ended up owning more than a few of his books and have enjoyed all of them. My classmate let me borrow his copy for the week, and I liked it so much I ordered my own copy. I recommend you do the same.
Two other books from the other presentations in the class that stoked my interest:
More on these later.