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Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill versus the… (original 1968; edição 1989)

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Required reading for the hip generation, this one-volume edition contains two novels and a collection of poetry. The comic genius and iconoclastic vision of American life will recapture today's reader.
Membro:EmJay
Título:Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar
Autores:Richard Brautigan
Informação:Mariner Books (1989), Paperback, 400 pages
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The last of the Beats or the first of the Hippie writes. Witty, fun, poignant. ( )
  duke_1138 | Aug 2, 2019 |
Brautigan should be discovered by every generation! A man with a so-called hippie perspective on life who helped my own generation discover what life was really like. He shows us not only the desperation, but also the joy that fills all of us. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Richard Brautigan is an iconic counter-cultural poet and author who is probably best known for his 1967 novel Trout Fishing in America. His novels deploy a unique blend of magical realism, satire and black comedy. I recently read an omnibus that included two novels Trout Fishing in America and In Watermelon Sugar and a collection of poetry The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster.

I think it is important to understand the life of an author when critically reading their novels. Normally Wikipedia is my starting place and often I find myself going down a rabbit hole of the internet. Richard Brautigan had an interesting life, with interesting ideals. Later in life he was diagnosed with both paranoid schizophrenia and clinical depression, even receiving electroconvulsive therapy as many as twelve times in an effort to treat his condition. Later in his life, he lived life as a recluse and eventually died to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. It is unsure when he died, because his body was found much later.

The reason I think author context is important is evident in Brautigan’s book In Watermelon Sugar. The novel tells the story of iDEATH, a futuristic utopian commune that has found a way to live off the land; specifically watermelon sugar. This is told in a first person perspective and Brautigan could be considered the protagonist. However knowing the context of his life, I think Richard Brautigan saw himself more as the antagonist that is ruining this perfect society. Either way, it makes for an interesting read and In Watermelon Sugar was the highlight of this omnibus.

Trout Fishing in America was just a weird book, I had gotten use to the style of Richard Brautigan and I knew what to expect. However, Trout Fishing still leaves me perplexed. I know this is a social critique, but I never was able to fully grasp what Brautigan was trying to say. The term Trout Fishing in America became a character’s name, a hotel, a place, and becomes a modifier for just about anything. It was a weird novel and I probably need to do a lot more research to fully understand it.

The poetry of Richard Brautigan is just as unique as his novel writing. Most of his poems are short but pack a huge punch. There is so much depth within the poems and sometimes they have the ability to shock. For example, the title poem from this collection The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, compares birth control to a mining disaster that killed 75 people. He believes that the pill and the disaster both leave life buried forever. Not all his poems pack a punch like this but I thought this poem was a good example of what to expect.

I do not think I would have read Richard Brautigan, without the encouragement of Jake from the YouTube channel Tales from iDEATH. This may not be entirely true, since Brautigan is on the 1001 Books list, and still need to read Willard and His Bowling Trophies. I appreciate the push to read Richard Brautigan, he is a weird author, but I enjoyed the experience. His style might irritate many people but I liked the surrealist nature of the three books I read in this omnibus.

The review originally appeared on my blog; http://www.knowledgelost.org/book-reviews/genre/literary-fiction/richard-brautig... ( )
  knowledge_lost | Nov 17, 2015 |
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"I took her hand in mine. Her hand had a lot of strength gained through the process of gentleness..." ( )
  nlgeorge | Jan 19, 2015 |
I am mad. Mad that I haven't read any Brautigan until this year. Now that I have this book along with the last he wrote (An Unfortunate Woman) under my reading 'belt' I feel a little happier. This edition, i believe, combines three separate Brautigan works each of which has their merits and their serious entertainment value. There is a wide range of beauty, silliness and emotion in his poetry and the two stories (novels? novellas?) are equally wonderful. Due to his style and layout almost every page of Brautigan's prose seems like it could stand alone without the rest of the story. Luckily for us the rest of the pages exist.

Here is the title poem from his book of poetry:

The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster

When you take your pill
it's like the mine disaster.
I think if all the people
lost inside of you.
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  dtn620 | Sep 22, 2013 |
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For Jack Spicer and Ron Loewinsohn (Trout Fishing in America)
This book is for Miss Marcia Pacaud of Montreal, Canada. (The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster)
This novel is for Don Allen, Joanne Kyger and Michael McClure. (In Watermelon Sugar)
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The cover for Trout Fishing in America is a photograph taken late in the afternoon, a photograph of the Benjamin Franklin statue in San Francisco's Washington Square. (Trout Fishing in America)
In watermelon sugar the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in watermelon sugar. (In Watermelon Sugar)
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