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Revenge of the Lawn, The Abortion, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away Paperback – February 21, 1995
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This is an especially good volume of Brautigan's works. THE ABORTION begins by describing a bizarre library wherein everyone's books are welcomed and handled lovingly by the proprietors. This certainly evokes the hope of every writer--that his or her efforts would be handled lovingly by readers. However, this was not the case with Brautigan's final book, SO THE WIND WON'T BLOW IT ALL AWAY, included in this volume. The critics panned it, often comparing it to the work that first brought him fame and continued to overshadow his subsequent works: TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA. I cannot express strongly enough how wrong I think critics were in their assessment of SO THE WIND WON'T BLOW IT ALL AWAY. Indeed, I believe it is my favorite of all Brautigan's works.Read more ›
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.
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Brautigan so it is shocking and mind altering and genius. it is a shame he left the world so early. Must have in your collection and lend it only to the your trusted few like... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kerry
I'm purely rating the writing and content of this book and not the shipping or any other factors that seem to plague so many Amazon reviewers causing them to render poor ratings... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ShiftSe7en
I love Richard's point of view. It looks random, but it's not. It looks, that he connects what's unsconnectable, but he is only finding new structures under the cover. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kamil Novotný
My own copies - paperback and dating from a rather long time ago, have now been replaced. Brautigan was a very good and clever writer and well worth a read.Published on December 20, 2013 by Talor
Brautigan, the image of drunk, hungover, plucked geese, leaves me breathless. His message is as timeless and poignant now as it was in the dark days of NixonPublished on December 6, 2013 by inteligrunt
I got the books again because I wanted to share them with some people. My hard copies disappeared in the 1970s.Published on July 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
It's been many years since I have read this book. I am a huge fan of Richard Brautigan and will be rereading all of his works that I now have. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Keven