Tree of Smoke

Tree of Smoke

Large Print - 2008
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Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008, c2007.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410405913
1410405915
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT JOHNSON
Characteristics: large print
843 pages (large print) ; 25 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 17, 2015

Sprawling, intense and visceral, Denis Johnson's "Tree of Smoke" will no doubt become one of the great books about the Vietnam War. With its large cast of characters, multiple plots and large scale, it's like a baggy Victorian novel soaked in blood, weed and sweat. It does drag on towards the end, but few other American authors (James Ellroy, maybe DeLillo) have attempted something as ambitious, massive and profound as this. Like "Jesus' Son," it's raw, yet filled with piercing, lyrical moments of beauty. Maybe not a masterpiece, but awfully close.

dccmatthew Apr 21, 2012

Brilliant writing, a tour de force of poetic evocation of the chaos of any war. Very funny satire (or truth) of the intercises between reality and military intelligence. Think "Deer Hunter" with a wicked sense of fun and devilish humor.

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kkelly00
Feb 22, 2012

A narrow look at the Vietnam War era, focusing on CIA intrigue and the ruined lives of the characters. Crammed full of swearing, drunken and cynical guys with little insight into any larger context. Anti-communist perspective combined with misplaced religion. I kept reading this very long book because I thought surely someone would have learned something from the war. But everyone crashed and burned.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 06, 2010

2007 - National Book Award - Fiction

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Cabby
Feb 08, 2008

Amazon.ca top 25 books of 2007.

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