Resuscitation of a Hanged Man Paperback – 20 May 2004
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Read this book, to prepare you for the Nietzschean opus 'Already Dead' (a Californian Gothic). Though the collection of short-stories 'Jesus' Son' & the novella 'The Name of the World' are also equally excellent (if not better).
Read this book; what more can I say?
Not that this book is about the exigencies of faith - it is primarily about paranoia of different kinds. We are on the Eastern seaboard of the United States and our protagonist, Leonard English, is a failed suicide who has come adrift from his life. He lands up in Provincetown where he has accepted a job to do surveillance for a private detective as well as a late night shift as a DJ on local radio. His new boss, whose wife is edging into premature dementia, may or may not be a member of a militant right-wing group. Provincetown is a Gay hub, especially in the holiday season and one of Leonard's first jobs is clandestinely recording the conversations of a lesbian couple. He also has missing person cases, one of which leads to a grisly discovery in the mountains.
The writing is tensile, realist, friable, with dips and swoops of feeling. Johnson does something so clever with his style, giving you space to experience this lost life from the inside, while maintaining a sense of movement and purpose in the plot.Read more ›