Train Dreams

Train Dreams

[a Novella]

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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"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." --Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374281144
Branch Call Number: F JOH NVD
Characteristics: 116 p. ; 20 cm

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This novella tells  the story of Robert Grainier, 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... Read More »


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PDBurt
Sep 29, 2020

A good short read about a man in the early 1900s from birth to death but not chronologically. One adventure after the next holds one's attention, builds momentum and wraps up with everything coming together to describe a life lived near/on trains, in woods, on his homestead, his losses, encounters and old age. Well written.

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dancegrant
Feb 23, 2020

Oh, how I wish I had discovered Denis sooner.... I would have loved to correspond with him if at all possible. What a writer!

JCLCharlesH Oct 15, 2019

Contemplative novel with elements of fantastical realism. The story of a man's life told without regard to chronology of the events as the world shifts around him as if in a dream.

LPL_ShirleyB Sep 17, 2019

Denis Johnson's writing is eerie, vivid & evocative! Train Dreams is Western American, place-based historical fiction of the years 1917-1935 in the life of "Robert Grainer". It is heartfelt realistic, experiences interspersed with bizarre & magical moments.

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abbi_g
Jun 26, 2018

I read Train Dreams for my job's book club and I thought it was a decent story given it's length (because honestly I couldn't imagine it being a full length novel). It made me think about just how revolutionary the American railroad system is and how much our modes of transportation has developed since railroads were built. My feelings about the main character, Robert Grainer are meh. He definitely lived a simple life despite trying to kill someone in the beginning pages of the story. Overall, Train Dreams wasn't a spectacular story but it also wasn't a bad one either.

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BOOKMONKEY109
Mar 27, 2018

Quick read. Beautifully crafted story of a small but beautiful life. Rates up there with my faves: Cold Mountain, Tinkerers and some of Mark Spragg's work. I went back to the library lists to find more by this writer.
Can't figure how to give this stars. Seemed to assign a 3.5 stars but I'd go more 4 or 4.5

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rexhazell
Mar 19, 2018

Great book! The images from the novella will echo into your days and nights. Really an amazing novella, best read in one or two sittings.

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uncommonreader
Jan 07, 2017

An ordinary man, a labourer, in the American West in the early 20th century at a time of great change. Very sympathique.

ArapahoeStaff21 Dec 15, 2016

A beautiful, sparse homage to nature and to the technological transformation at the turn of the century.

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mdextras
Aug 21, 2016

Interesting book, captures the difficult life of those who populated the American West. Robert Granier, the main character goes through very difficult episodes in his life. Some of the descriptions are heart breaking. It is a small book, barely 116 pages but sometimes it felt as if hardship would never end in this book, and it doesn't really.

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