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REVENGE OF THE LAWN, a collection of short stories, has some great two- and three-pagers that display typical Brautigan wit, humor, and insight. Some, as with any collection, are better than others.
THE ABORTION is one of Brautigan's better plots. And I say this because his style and sense of humor is pretty consistent through all of his work, and you either love it or hate it. If you hate it, you won't like any of his stuff. If you like it, then you'll probably like this one. It seems more original than some of his genre parody stories like THE HAWKLINE MONSTER and DREAMING OF BABYLON. It also seems like it may be a little autobiographical, so the emotion in it feels more real.
SO THE WIND WON'T BLOW IT ALL AWAY eerily forshadows Brautigan's suicide. It speaks to the youth in all of us and carries a great sense of nostalgia. Taken in context with his life and its end shortly after writing this book, it feels like a depressed man looking back at the golden years with complete fondness.
Overall, I'd say this is the second best of the Brautigan collections available.
Hes gotten me into reading after a long hiatus and its been inspiring ever since. I recently have been breaking his books up. Read 'The Abortion' read something by someone else, then return to revenge of the lawn. its good work to come back to. read it all.
I'd give it an extra star just for bundling these pieces of writing together in nice packages. It makes life easier. If you've never read Brautigan before... or if you've elevated Tom Robbins onto a pedestal, then you need to read Brautigan and get your priorities straight.
The language, the metaphor, the writing style/voice — are poetry. The content and any semblance of a plot is often ancillary. In one sense his writing is like literary candy, but there is also a modest depth that can be quite profound if you choose to accept it. I can't even say how many times I've read "So the Wind Won't Blow it all away" for that reason of being so deeply profound and beautifully written yet so understated in its voice. Like all art and literature, the connection is personal, but if you haven't read him, pick this up. Or any of his other books.
I once read two Brautigan novels on a transatlantic flight to London when I was fifteen years old — back to back. That's another thing, sometimes the chapter titles in his books are longer than then the sentences in the chapters. It makes it a challenge to stop reading. And when my first son was born — a 3-month early preemie weighing in at only 2 pounds 10 ounces, I read "In Watermelon Sugar" to him through the thick clear plastic walls of his incubator in the NICU and imagined that plastic to be made of watermelon sugar just like everything else. So, as I hope I've demonstrated, Brautigan is very versatile, and I'm convinced he helped my son pack on a few ounces with the literary nectar that was that book. Available in another similar collection.