The Laughing Monsters

The Laughing Monsters

Denis Johnson's New York Times bestseller, The Laughing Monsters, is a high-suspense tale of kaleidoscoping loyalties in the post-9/11 world that shows one of our great novelists at the top of his game.

Roland Nair calls himself Scandinavian but travels on a U.S. passport. After ten years' absence, he returns to Freetown, Sierra Leone, to reunite with his friend Michael Adriko. They once made a lot of money here during the country's civil war, and, curious to see… (more)

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Editorial reviews (7 reviews)


For all its mystery and questioning, The Laughing Monster is ultimately a materialist document. You have to wonder if Johnson has finally lost faith in his Higher Power.

Johnson’s novel illustrates the danger of trying to write a thriller in the morally ambiguous, complex, post-Cold War world. It simply isn’t enough to have a white man running around some exotic backdrop, with a lot of technical spy jargon thrown in.

It’s so clumsily told — such a mishmash of allusions, filched plot points and hurried developments — that it’s never even convincing as a perverse buddy movie/on-the-road tale.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 04, 2014)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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