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on August 30, 2004
I was reading stuff on the Internet about Brautigan and someone said that if you like his stuff, you'll have to read everything you can get your hands on. That's me. There's three collections of his that have been released, each one with three books in it. Of those three collections, this is my least favorite.

CONFEDERATE GENERAL, is about two couples, including the narrator and Lee Mellon, a Confederate General who lost his shoes. The book is mostly about them drinking and getting high in a strange house in the middle of nowhere. The surreal house has glass walls and a pond where they keep frogs and alligators. They also have problems with people chopping down their trees. A strange man Lee Mellon once knew visits them. He is crazy. The story has six endings.

DREAMING OF BABYLON is the strangest P.I. novel you will ever read. Likewise, THE HAWKLINE MONSTER is a western, only in the loosest sense of the term. Even if you like Brautigan's writing (which apparently is pretty polarizing), it's hard to guess what anyone will make of these stories. I thought they were pretty cool, and unlike anything else ever, which is a good thing.
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on November 4, 2012
Richard Brautigan is the long metallic snooze of "sensible" fiction. He's the Advil that will cure your reality headache.

But that doesn't tell you anything. Should you buy this omnibus edition? Well, here's a good test. When the narrator of A Confederate General from Big Sur describes his movie-going tendencies, he says "I went downtown to see three movies in a Market Street flea palace. It was a bad habit of mine. From time to time I would get the desire to confuse my senses by watching large flat people crawl back and forth across a huge piece of light, like worms in the intestinal track of a tornado."

Now maybe you don't appreciate wild tornado indigestion, but this test is very simple. If you enjoy ludicrous extended metaphors like the one above and/or you love sad, goofy down-and-outers shambling through the 60s and 70s on the West Coast--well, Richard Brautigan is your mustachioed man. Do yourself this one favor.

Of course, Dreaming of Babylon and The Hawkline Monster feel pretty minor compared to A Confederate General from Big Sur, but they still give you little jolts of imagination-enhancing drugs. Also, look at that hat. Guy is cray cray.
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on August 30, 2014
How can you not love Richard Brautigan? I'm so glad his work is being published on Kindle, I hope they publish all of it. His was the voice of his time and sadly, like Richard himself, that time has passed. But the voice lives on. And what a voice. Ernest Hemingway with a sense of humor and lots of drugs. Brautigan, despite his weirdness, had a very elequent understanding of the human heart. And nobody has ever described a hangover better.
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on April 20, 2017
Excellent flashback to the 60s and the California scene.
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on November 16, 2012
Amazing, wild, story lines. A rip roaring ride through the years of better living through chemistry. The characters are complex, alive and humorous. Throughout this literary journey I felt a deep down suspicion that I had met a few of these people somewhere before and been to some of the places. As a kid I dreamed of being a writer someday and if that ever happens I would love to be this witty, creative and entertaining. Coming of age in the 60's was both glorious and horrifying. Richards poetry and prose combined with flowing sarcasm helped me survive those times.
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on May 20, 2013
Having been a reader of Brautigan since the 60's. I have enjoyed all his books. To bad there was such a sad ending to the story of his life. His daughter wrote an excellent book about her struggle with his suicide, "You can't catch death" well worth the read.
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on February 2, 2016
Funny stuff.
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on May 17, 2013
I've always loved Richard Brautigan. Especially "A Confederate General at Big Sur". This is a terrific book, necessary for any Brautican fan. If you're on the fence about him, trust me. Read it!
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on July 5, 2015
irreverent and wity
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on August 10, 2015
Classics
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