The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson (29/52)

These stories are a meditation on living life and understanding that escaping death is unavailable to us. As most collections of short stories go, this one is no different. Some of the stories are strong, poetic and captivating in its play on despair, desperation, and acceptance, while others push for big things that aren’t recovered. Seeing as this is the final words of an author in the midst of dying himself, the recurring ideas of redemption and compassion carry greater weight. It felt a tad uneven, even though the writing was consistently brilliant. Read “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” and “Triumph Over the Grave” as stellar examples of what a short story can be. Great read.

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