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Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970

Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970 [Kindle Edition]

Richard Brautigan , Gordon Legge
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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* Charming ... the stories have memorable or beautifully handled moments of observation London Review of Books * His writing manages to conjure up a feeling of relaxation and well-being, somehow existing in our reality without being touched by it - easy to fall into and over far too soon. After reading this you'll feel like you've been on holiday with a friend. Time Out * The verbal humour and zany charm of the book remain quite irresistible. Daily Telegraph * He was an absolute original who found cause for celebration in the most unlikely places. Guardian

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First published in 1971, Revenge of the Lawn is Richard Brautigan in miniature and contains new fewer than 62 ultra-short stories set mainly in Tacoma, Washington (where the author grew up) and in the flower-powered San Francisco of the late fifties and early sixties. In their compacted form, which ranges from the murderously short 'The Scarlatti Tilt' to one-page wonders like the sexually poignant poetry of 'An Unlimited Supply of 35 Millimetre Film', Brautigan's stories take us into a world where his fleeting glimpses of everyday strangeness leaves stories and characters resonating in our heads long after they're gone. Revenge of the Lawn is Brautigan's only collection of short fiction and is generally regarded as the most autobiographical of his published work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 200 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; New Ed edition (27 Jun 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VNFNT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snap shots of his earlier days. 19 Dec 2006
By Douglas Traill VINE VOICE
A collection of stories that are snap shots of life in America as seen by Richard Brautigan.

Ranging from childhood in Tacoma, through to California in the 60's.

His ability to squeeze a rich and vivid story into as little as a single page is incredible, and possibly made more meaningful as he is writing about his own life and experiences.

A must have Brautigan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, great stories 18 Mar 2013
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Having read "Trout Fishing in America" I hoped this would be as enjoyable- and it was. Brautigan has a humour that is both wise and naive. His style is unique, but often a lot more accessible than other beat writers. These stories offer various little anecdotes and secret histories, and with many at just a page or two in length this is a perfect book to dip into as the mood takes you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brautigan at his short story best! 29 Jun 2012
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
While, indeed, Richard Brautigan may "ramble" and this anthology may not seem to possess a central theme, it is still classic Brautigan, an assemblage of previously published short stories, many reflecting the brilliance that was Brautigan. Certainly it shows his creativity and originality and his hold on the "flavor" of what was the late-Sixties in California! Brautigan, while having some shorter novels with success, still seems to be more in control of the short stories. He writes a mean poem, too.

In "Revenge of the Lawn," the emotions he evokes range from the absurd to the poignant--he seems to capture the gamut! The title story is superb, of course, but "Halloween" is hard to beat, as well. The touching revelation of sensitivity in "Corporal" is also unmatched. And who can overlook the brilliance of "1/3, 1/3, 1/3"! The author is able to present a deftness that even Hemingway couldn't achieve! His surreal writing certainly won him many readers' hearts. With him and Lawrence Ferlingetti, the San Francisco scene couldn't have been more representative in literature. Granted, some of his "stuff" is easily dismissable, but when Brautigan was good, he was very good! (
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully brief Brautigan. 12 April 2014
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It caused me to laugh out loud on the tube in places.
I love short stories and I was entertained from start to finish.
How he compacts entire stories into such snippets is a wonder and a joy. Look out for 'The Scarlatti tilt' because if you turn an extra page by accident, you may literally miss it.
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