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Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar Paperback – March 1, 1989
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And that's just one story...
Trout Fishing in America is abstract, disjointed, and witty. Excellent excellent stuff, although in a vastly different form than In Watermelon Sugar. And even if you don't like reading poetry, The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster will make you a fan. It's such simple, elegant, writing and it grabs the reader so effectively that you can't not like it.
Any of these three books are easily worth the price of the collection. All of them together is a treasure.
The third, In Watermelon Sugar, is surreal (OK, MORE surreal) and interesting as an experiment, but not as interesting as the first two.
Trout Fishing comes in a straight line from Whitman and Ginsberg, as modified by Hemingway and Hammett: spontaneity and absolute lack of inhibition, tempered by gemlike use of language.
Funny and eye-opening by turns, the two books redefine fiction and make poetry approachable, simple, Zenlike, and humorous.
Both are pies-in-the-face of pretension and academia. One of the best poems in The Pill Versus is the one about being Poet-in-Residence at Cal Tech: I'm bored, and there's nothing to do.
Do not expect character development or linear plots (or any plots).
Instead, expect to see and be new things.
Hopefully these things get ironed out eventually, otherwise, going from print to Kindle is like transferring all of your good-quality music CDs to poorer-quality digital files (oh, wait I'm doing that too).
My review of the book: five stars
for the Kindle edition: three stars
I guess I should not have been surprised to see the 1 and 2 star reviews, as I am sure Brautigan is not everyone's cup of tea. It's impossible to respond to the criticism of reviewers like "John" who writes:
Everyone who likes this book praises it with as much ambiguity as the text itself. The reviews all say "Mind blowing," "real," "provocative," "revolutionary," and "Satirical." When asked to elaborate on why the text is all these things, no other relevant aphorisms are given.
No relevant aphorisms? How about this: "An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog."
(Friedrich Von Schlegel)
The "problem" is that you either get the poetry in his prose, or you don't. John actually searched these reviews and the internet looking for the answer as to why we appreciate this man's talent...
His advice: If you want to read literature that makes fun of the well known absurdity of the modern (postmodern) world then you will be better off reading Vonnegut.
I love Vonnegut. Brautigan was not Vonnegut. The only thing they had in common was a profound sense of humor that permeated their best work. Whether he was writing TROUT FISHING or SOMBRERO FALLOUT, he approached each word as a poet.Read more ›
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came on time......as described.....would recommend this seller......without hesitation......Published 2 months ago by Daniel
You'll be hard-pressed to find anything else quite like it. A unique treasure of American lit.Published 7 months ago by The Gob Delusion
Its okay. Too bad the author killed himself. I would have had questions to ask him and now he is not around to ask them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bunny
I read this book in my early 20s and wanted to revisit the manuscript. The book came in excellent condition, but more importantly the writing style of Brautigan is still very... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dr. Evan Fiedler
I thought Thai it was only Trout Fishing in America but it was more. This was a delightful surprised.Published 12 months ago by Carla Comarella