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Revenge of the Lawn: Stories, 1962-1970 ("Rebel Inc") Paperback – Oct 1997

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rebel inc.; New edition edition (Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862417236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862417239
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,280,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jharvey@ybp.co.uk on 27 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
As an introduction to Brautigan's writing 'Revenge of the Lawn' is the perfect read. Short sharp and breathtaking, his 'goofy illuminations' of childhood Tacoma in 1920's America and the era of 60's San Francisco where he spent his later years, have the ability of making you recall how strange and haunting everyday life is. Kind of cross between James Kelman and Gary Snyder Brautigan is master of capturing oddball moments of the everyday surreal, kind of zen-like bar room jokes that are as tragic and beautiful as they are fall down funny. My favourite of the lot is '1692 Cotton Mather Newsreel' where the narrator in 'beat' San Francisco recalls a childhood experience in Tacoma, when he crept into a woman's house dared by his friend. His evocation of what he call's 'child's time' is what Brautigan does best, the moment where the boy is stood in this strange womans house which is empty and full for some reason of bottled flowers, brings floods of childhood memories back to the reader. He manages to raise the "ordinary garbage" of life up into the profound without being pretencious. The ending lines of 1/3 1/3 1/3 seem to sum up Brautigans commitment to the marginalised offkey moments of experience that has carved out a special place for his writing. When we read these stories we too are sat in "that rainy trailer, pounding on the gates of American Literature". Nuggetts of pure gold.
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As a late discoverer of Brautigan possibly due to his name not so readily to British peoples lips as say, Kurt Vonnegut. But it should be. Maybe this is my fault. I've been moving in the wrong circles. Maybe he is known to people I don't know? Maybe somewhere in the UK somebody is typing a similar message about Mr Vonnegut? I wonder whether he looks like me?

I am hooked now on Brautie. Time for Trout fishing in America then methinks!
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By Lydia Wakelam on 15 Jan. 2015
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My favourite book of short stories in the world.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A long overlooked literary treasure 30 Jun. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There is (was) no one quite like Richard Brautigan. I've been reading his stuff for more than 25 years and his writing never fails to make me smile or take me to new emotional depths. This classic collection of Brautigan short stories is the master at the height of his creative powers. What a range of creativity on display, from the pathos of "The World War I Los Angeles Airplane" (Winner of the 1969 Best Short Story of the Year) to the whimsical "1/3. 1/3, 1/3".
I used to be a teacher. When my students stumbled into my office, all depressed and angst-ridden, I always sent them home with a Brautigan. They never failed to come back with a smile and deep appreciation.
Richard Brautigan was a complicated man, pursued by demons he could never control. We lost him far too early in life, but thankfully, we have books like "Revenge of the Lawn" to read and treasure over and over again.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Angry chickens by the old pond 12 Oct. 2004
By Bob Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I was a kid growing up in a small town north of Boston, I used to take care of a neighbor's chickens. It was only when the family went to the Cape for vacations. I had to let the chickens out of their coop in the morning. They always seemed glad to see daylight. Though they were hungry, they never got used to me. They'd run around clucking and squawking, wishing I'd disappear and leave them to their chicken business. When I threw food on the ground, they really got wild. They'd run around like crazy. I had to collect the eggs, take them up onto the neighbors' back porch and put them in a basket. The chicken coop stood just before a patch of weeds and brush by a old pond where turtles lived and I could catch tadpoles. I grew up. Then it was the Sixties and I started to read Richard Brautigan. I loved that guy's writing. And you know ? I still love it. He must be one of America's great twentieth century writers, but forgotten. I haven't forgotten him. He's all around, just like chicken. Maybe writing today is more like supermarket frozen chicken, but Brautigan has that feeling of early summer mornings when you hadn't been spoiled by too much living. His work is poignant, funny, sad, and beautiful. You can fill in your own adjectives if you read books like REVENGE OF THE LAWN. I strongly recommend that you do. A lot of his stories are pieces of genius. Describing them only destroys them. You have to read them, each a little haiku of its own. A haiku on a hundred bucks a month. Having a lot of money isn't everything. Just take a good look at life. Chickens are as good a place to start as anywhere. Brautigan killed himself and that was the world's loss. I still miss having more Brautigan stories. I've read them all several times.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
As beautiful as a lover's smile 21 Feb. 2003
By G. Hardy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A friend introduced me to the works of Brautigan quite recently. I hadn't heard of him before, to my shame.
I wasn't sure what to expect. I was surprised, pleasantly. It's not something that I'd have picked up on a whim. It's not something that I'd have thought that I'd enjoy. I was wrong.
Some of the stories in this collection are achingly beautiful. Some are very short, but evoke a level of emotion that I'd not have thought possible. The brevity and the intensity of his use of language is astonishing.
This is a volume I think that I'll eventually read again and again. I've nothing else in my extensive collection that has the ability to make me laugh one moment, and have me on the verge of tears the next. How could I recommend this more highly ??
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Brautigan is on a mission with "Revenge of the Lawn"! 7 Feb. 2001
By Billy J. Hobbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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! (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best book 27 Aug. 2002
By Bob Swain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
To my mind this is Brautigan's best book, and his finest work is the one-sentence Scarlatti Tilt. He manages to get a whole novel into one sentence. That sentence should be something that every college student reads.
I feel sad that so few will.
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