Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America ; The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster ; And, In Watermelon Sugar

Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America ; The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster ; And, In Watermelon Sugar

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An omnibus edition of three counterculture classics by Richard Brautigan that embody the spirit of the 1960s

Trout Fishing in America is by turns a hilarious, playful, and melancholy novel that wanders from San Francisco through America's rural waterways; In Watermelon Sugar expresses the mood of a new generation, revealing death as a place where people travel the length of their dreams, rejecting violence and hate; and The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster is a collection of nearly 100 poems, first published in 1968.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, [1989], c1968.
ISBN: 9780395500767
Characteristics: 112, 108, 138 p., [3] leaves of plates : ports. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 08, 2019

Pardon my French, but what is this shit? Largely written during a family camping trip in southern Idaho during the summer of 1961 (which, if I’d ever been to Idaho, might explain everything) but not published until 1967 — for reasons completely inexplicable to me — “Trout Fishing in America” launched Richard Brautigan to international fame. I guess to “get” this nonsensical series of anecdotes about a book called “Trout Fishing in America,” someone named Trout Fishing in America, someone else named Trout Fishing in America Shorty, a hotel named Trout Fishing in America, or actually fishing for trout in America, you had to be there (preferably with joint in hand) at the dawn of the counter-cultural revolution. Don’t get me wrong, there’s humor, imagination, and even a little insight into the human condition to be found and enjoyed herein, but at about the halfway point the incessant silliness just turned into tedium. Maybe your tolerance differs from mine, but there’s only so much trout this man can take.

theorbys May 09, 2014

1) Trout Fishing builds an imaginative world of words from a loosely connected series of prose poems. It's something of an international cult classic and is well worth reading. This one is worth 5 stars. 2) The Pill Versus is a collection of short casual poems or scraps of usually small thoughts. 3) In Watermelon Sugar is the weakest but probably no worse than many well regarded books out there. Most of the criticism applied to Brautigan, i.e. that it is naive, applies to this one with few of the redeeming virtues of his writing, but it is very quickly read.--------------------I haven't read Brautigan in decades and intend to keep reading. I doubt anyone would find this particularly countercultural nowadays, but he is a good solid writer who deserves revival.

Dec 10, 2013

A collection of the "god of the counterculture" and the "last of the Beats" (not my phrases) that includes two short novels and a collection of poems. Novel seems inaccurate to describe these strange, idiosyncratic and playful books. The poem collection features his best know poem "All Watched Over By Loving Grace." Like Bukowski (but less dirty), the poems feel of the moment and tossed off, but in a good way.


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