Denis Johnson ||The Laughing Monsters

Someone on the internet had recommended The Laughing Monsters. I cannot find back who suggested the novel, a pity. I would have loved to have asked him (or her) what exactly made him suggest this novel. I found that I got pretty annoyed by the fact that the turmoil being described in the novel was reflected in the restlessness of the style: jumping from moment to moment, back and forth. This could have been an effective style, for some kind of reason it did not work out well in this case. I also found myself getting annoyed by the fact that the main character is insinuating that he is on an important mission never revealing what how or why. I can truly imagine this mannerism working in a series or movie, on paper it just made me feel irritated. The main character is supposed to trail a man called Michael which leads us to an number of African countries and weird happenings. I just could not fathom what Johnson was trying to tell me. I felt that he was using clever tricks in his writing and those tricks did not work for me. I did not mind reading The Laughing Monsters, I would however not recommend it. I suspect it’ll be turned into a movie with a six-packed Hollywood star which will be a lot of fun to watch.



About booksandliliane

I am an avid reader and love to share my love for literature. I have my own opinion on books that have been shortlisted, laureated by critics or are pushed on us by bookstores. I will try and explain why I like or do not like a book. Hopefully influencing you in your choice of books to read.
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