Tree of Smoke

Version: Unabridged
Author: Denis Johnson
Narrator: Will Patton
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: September 2007
# of Units: 18 CDs
Length: 20 hours
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This is the story of Skip Sands—spy in training, engaged in psychological operations against the Vietcong and the disasters that befall him thanks to his famous uncle, a war hero known in intelligence circles simply as the Colonel. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, and its gritty, sympathetic portraits of men and women desperate for an end to their loneliness, whether in sex or death or by the grace of God, this is a story like nothing in our literature. Tree of Smoke is Denis Johnson's first full-length novel in nine years, and his most gripping, beautiful, and powerful work to date.

Reviews (1)

Tough read

Written by Anonymous on April 23rd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Once I started this I had to finish but it was tough. Lots of characters with many plot lines hard to follow but I had to finish.

Author Details

Author Details

Johnson, Denis

Denis Johnson is the author of "The Name of the World, Already Dead, Jesus' Son, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, Fiskadoro, The Stars at Noon, " and "Angels." His poetry has been collected in the volume "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly." He is the recipient of a Lannan Fellowship and a Whiting Writer's Award, among many other honors for his work. He lives in northern Idaho.