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Willard & His Bowling Trophies Hardcover – November 10, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (November 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848807901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848807900
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,984,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brautigan was in many ways the Hemingway of the 60s--but a Hemingway with a playful sense of humor. His epigrammatic stories and poems are clean and simple, but like a pool of quiet water, sometimes deceptively deep; the individual parts of each of his books are short, but linger in your imagination for a long time like the flavor of the best chocolate envelops your palette; and his subjects are mundane and even naively treated, but sometimes touch on the profound.

I loved Brautigan's writing as a teenager, hated his writing when I was a snobby East coast academic--but find that I am once again attracted to his work. Perhaps this change of opinion occurred because I have spent so much time in his stomping grounds in the Pacific Northwest in the past years, or perhaps my transient dislike for his writing arose out of his ability to delicately punch holes in pompous pretense. At any rate, if you haven't read Brautigan yet, you might give him a try--and if you are already a fan of his, you should rejoice at these recent reissues of all his major works.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If Willard can win Bowling Trophies, then Brautigan deserves a posthumous Pulitzer, Nobel Prize and every other literary award under the sun. While this book has never garnered the sort of praise, let alone commercial success of his first published novel "Confederate General From Big Sur" or "Trout Fishing In America," this book, this small, humble book about a bird, high crimes and genital warts, deserves more hype. Brautigan's play of emotions, blending humor with sorrow and melancholy shows the true bredth of his talent. Both as a poet and as a novelist, he understood the value and economy of words and spent them wisely. He never saw the need to write an opus of Michener weight, instead, he let the strength and beauty of his prose do the work. Each syllable bears more meaning than whole chapters of Grisham or other modern-day hacks. Willard may not seem so great a work to those seeking expansive commentary on the state of society or meaning of life, but they likely miss those points in Brautigan's work, as they are blended ever so subtly within his writing. I defy anyone to read this book and not be moved, to not feel pain at its ending. Like Milan Kundera, Brautigan's character's matter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2000
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i just cannot express how much i loved this book. and the thing is that to love a book like this is kind of a weird thing to admit. simply because it is so very sad and a real honest to goodness representation of what horrrible love lives we are living. those in love are more miserable than those who are floating around missing one another at every turn.it is a fantastic reminder that life is too short and that we must give all of ourselves to the moment and seek happiness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Simmons on August 9, 2001
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There are some unfortunate souls who just don't find Brautigan the least bit funny, but for the rest of us, this book is a MUST READ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Richard Brautigan's "Willard and His Bowling Trophies" is an interesting book about some very strange people. I didn't think it was as good as a few of his other works, but I did feel that given the time period in Brautigan's life and the amount of fiction already written by him, this book was definately worthy of publication. Brautigan's talent for creating strange, yet realistic characters really stands out in this story, and the decriptions of his character's lives and troubles, creates a memorable novel. I don't think Brautigan ever lost his touch, no matter where his soul took him, and this book is a good example of his unique sence of irony
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
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...can be great enough to quantify this lovely book. If you are familiar with Richard Brautigan and you haven't read "Willard...", it's a spiritual kin to "In Watermelon Sugar".
If you are unfamiliar with his writing, imagine a more poetic, hippier Vonnegut. Remember the first time you read "Breakfast of Champions"? Remember how you laughed out loud at the saddest things you've ever imagined and cried at the most joyful? This book will do it to you all over again.
I read this book for the first time when I was 12. I still feel 12 when I read it. What better endorsement is there than that?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on May 28, 2002
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This is the saddest possible book that Richard Brautigan could write. The theme is like the existence of circumstance and coincidence in the movie "Magnolia." It would be difficult to maintain that this book has no theme. There is an appreciation of ancient Greek poetry which is unmatched in contemporary American fiction. This book might be considered unusual in ways that reality reflects only if it exists (and I think it does).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kay michael on November 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The praise i have seen in the above reviews sum up my estimation of Willard and his Bowling Trophies. My signifcant others in my life have been required to read it and I spent 3 years looking for a first addition (before i knew about amazon).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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Maybe I'm missing the point, but this seems to be a book written purely as an exercise in language and prose masquerading as poetry. The subject matter and plot are bizzare, but the language they are presented in make the book a real masterpiece.
This is the first book I read by Richard Brautigan, and I have since made it a point of reading everything I can get my hands on that he wrote.
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