A review of Richard Brautigan : A Confederate General from Big Sur, Dreaming of Babylon, and the Hawkline Monster (Three Books in the Manner of Their Original ed)

Really enjoyed this read. I just found about who Richard Brautigan was a few weeks ago. Didn’t know anything about him. However, when I cam across his name I made a point of thinking I need to read some of his works.
So I went to the library and got this anthology of three of his novels. Picked it up three days ago and already finished. Apparently he is better known for Trout Fishing in America and In Watermelon Sugar (which sounds like a Tom Robbins book title). The library didn’t have either of these checked in though.
I really enjoyed the first novel A Confederate General from Big Sur. The other two were good with The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western being my second favorite of the three. A Confederate General from Big Sur, helped me to realize that one doesn’t need drugs/alcohol to be zany or lead an interesting life. Those characters led quite a weird life and were more than bizarre even before drugs entered the literary equation. I think he must have been read by or influenced/inspired Tom Robbins. Definitely some similarities, though Tom Robbins tends to get go off on these internal/external philosophical monologues a bit to much. Brautigan is pretty much all action and description of surroundings. Really loved it…

A Confederate General from Big Sur, Dreaming of Babylon, and the Hawkline Monster (Three Books in the Manner of Their Original ed) (Paperback)

A Confederate General from Big Sur, Dreaming of Babylon, and the Hawkline Monster (Three Books in the Manner of Their Original ed) (Paperback)

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2 thoughts on “A review of Richard Brautigan : A Confederate General from Big Sur, Dreaming of Babylon, and the Hawkline Monster (Three Books in the Manner of Their Original ed)

  1. Glad you liked the Brautigan. There is a relationship between Robbins and Brautigan, but you’ve got it backwards. B came first. Trout Fishing and In Watermelon are the fiction pieces to read. He is really renowned for his poetry. For more see:

    http://www.brautigan.net/

    best,
    Don

  2. I got the TR vibe but also a Hemingway vibe with the terse but evocative descriptions of natural scenery in Trout Fishing. Anyone else feel that?

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