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Sombrero Fallout ("Rebel Inc." Classics) [Paperback]

Richard Brautigan , Kevin Williamson
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2 Jun 2001 "Rebel Inc." Classics
Concerns a writer trying to cope with the break-up of a relationship. Trying to escape his misery, he begins a story about a sombrero that falls out of the sky and lands in a small town. Unable to concentrate he throws the pages in the bin, and that's when it starts to take on a life of its own.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rebel inc.; New edition edition (2 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841951374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841951379
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,639,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brautigan's comic touch is predictably unerring and the hilarious narrative development is studded with wry surreal gags (New Statesman)

As always with Mr Brautigan, the more preposterous the situation, the funnier the book (Sunday Telegraph)

A born writer . . . he can't be dull (Sunday Times)

His style and wit transmit so much energy that energy itself becomes the message. Only a hedonist could cram so much life onto a single page (Newsweek)

Delicate, fantastic and very funny . . . A highly individual style, a fertile, active inventiveness . . . It's cool, joyous, lucid and pleasant to read

Defies reality with complete success an original and charming view of the world

If you like a little eccentricity and humour in your fiction, this novel of tiny punchy chapters is a revelation (Bath Life) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Reissued to mark the 30th Anniversary of Brautigan's death. Introduced by Jarvis Cocker --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Sombrero Fallout is a truly origional book. The story starts with an author who is devastated at having just been dumped by his beautiful Japanese girlfriend. He tries to write a story about a Sombrero that falls out of the sky but he is too sad and begins crying and throws the crumpled piece of paper into his bin. However, the story about the sombrero decides to go on without him in his wastepaper basket while he pines away for his ex. As we read this book we are told by Brautigan not only about the author and his despair for his lost love, but about the story of the sombrero falling out of the sky and the havoc it brings. These two stories occur simultaneously in alternating chapters, which in pure Brautigan style, are only a few pages long each.
This book is funny (how often does a sombrero fall out of the sky and wreak havoc where you live?), sad, and at times disturbing. It is also very truthful. Anyone who has ever had their heart broken will relate to the author who becomes obsessed with his Japanese ex and desperately searches his house for a strand of her hair, that finding something left of her in his life becomes the most impoortant thing in the world to him.
This book is written in Brautigan's unique style. Short sentences, a sequence of words that roll of the tongue in the most beautiful way.
Anyone who has read Brautigan will love this book and anyone who hasn't, should.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who would have thought it? 28 Aug 2012
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Much as Jarvis Cocker probably does, (based on his introduction), I judge a bookshop on whether it stocks any Brautigan or not. If it doesn't, shame on them. If it does, I'll spend a little longer; after all, if they stock Brautigan, what else might they stock of an similar ilk that I don't know about...

Brautigan is the funniest, most irreverent , most eclectic writer I've ever come across. He writes free-wheeling joyful little stories with a bittersweet strain. They're mad, zany, fun. They strike off on tangents, make fun of a life, people, language. They breathe their philosophy (whatever that is) on every page.

Sombrero Fallout is particularly good (not quite my favourite, that's The Abortion). It tells the story of an American humourist writer with no sense of humour, his sleeping Japanese ex-girlfriend, and a story he begins but abandons and throws in the bin. This story, however, takes on a life of its own and creates itself from the wastepaper basket it finds itself in.

Beneath the wackiness, beneath the humour, beneath the stretched-credulity and deadpan humour, Brautigan's lessons are wise ones, and his strories are shot through with seams of sadness that are their only uniting theme. I would have loved to know this chap. I recommend everything he wrote.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of all time 26 April 2011
I can't recommend this book more, it is fantantic, sureal, and just wonderful. As a massive reader (I'm 42 and have been reading 60-200 books per year of all genres except the horrible sci fi)- so to say this is my undisputed number 1 is saying a lot. If you even like a tiny bit of plot, surealism or just fantastic read - then buy this and treasure it as mine is falling apart!

PS - if anyone else is interested my other favorites are War and Peace (brilliant), 100 years of solitude, the laughing policeman (best detective ever written), the bell jar (best coming of age book)and also love more recent novels such as escape from amsterdam; Indridson's morbid icelandic series; ...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An American humorist who doesn't have a sense of humour, just heartache and lament for a lost love. A simple story about an unusual event - a unidentified fallen sombrero - that becomes unleashed into chaos. These two parallel stories hold you entranced from the first page (the only time they ever actually meet). His prose often runs like poetry. His characters are so endearing, in all their neurotic splendour, and I can't help but think that his hero has an autobiographical edge . I truly love this book and have done since I first read it ten years ago. I'm delighted it has been re-published - no more trawling through flea markets in a vain hope of chancing an old copy - and I highly recommend it to anyone with an appreciation of absurd with soul. This is one that you'll want to share with others ... and own forever.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kaleidoscope of desperation 29 Dec 2000
By David Sandilands VINE VOICE
Richard Brautigan wrote beautiful books, of which this is one of the best; honest, real, tormented, fantastic, witty, visionary. I was saddened to hear of his apparent suicide in 1984. It adds poignancy to re-reading this book, as I realise now just how much of himself may be in it. May he rest in peace.
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3.0 out of 5 stars i just didn't get it, sorry 11 Oct 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Firstly, I had better admit I only read this book because of an article in The Guardian with Jarvis Cocker, but I really don't see why people are raving about it? I did not find it funny in the slightest, if anything it was just really surreal but obviously not my sense of humour.
Beautifully written though, the story of the American humorist & his Japanese ex-girlfriend was heartbreaking & the frozen sombrero & massacre of a peaceful village, very hard to get me head around. See, where's the humour in that?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hat 1 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hatty town. A book by the author of Trout Fishing in America. Which is mostly not about trout fishing in America. I prefer Trout Mask Replica but no-one believes me.
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Published 12 months ago by Erin Britton
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Broken
'Sombrero Fallout' bears stylistic comparisons to Brautigan's earlier, and in my opinion, more successful work, 'In Watermelon Sugar'. Read more
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I tend to buy most books that are recommended on the radio or tv shows - this was a book rated by a desert island discs guest as the book he would most want to read on the island -... Read more
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I discovered this book through listening to an old edition of DESERT ISLAND DISCS with Jarvis Cocker.
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Sombrero Fallout is a pleasant and sad book. There seems to be a reason and a point behind it, and in any case it is thoroughly entertaining and funny in the sort of way where you... Read more
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I highly recommend this to anyone who appreciates a bit of dry humour and short chapters
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