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So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away ("Rebel Inc." Classics)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I'm in the middle of reading everything I can get my hands on by Brautigan. Just because of the sheer originality of every sentence he wrote and the completely skewed take he offers of the world, triggering off every time some other thought that never before occured to me. And this is by far the best I've read up until now. An absolute masterpiece in minature. The months and years, remarkable and unremarkable, rippling backwards and forwards from this one significant moment of a boy's life. Astounding stuff. The tangents that Brautigan appears to stumble upon and then follow all the way to their logical end remind you that it's precisely these little episodes, these seemingly unrelated instances, that constitute the fabric of our lives.
Oh yeah, it's funny as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2002
I have had an interest in the Beat scene ever since i read On The Road and since then have tried to read as much as possible by authors involved in the scene.
This was the first Brautigan book that i have read and felt that it was a good place to start as it seems to have something for everyone.
The writing was like nothing i had read before, extremely funny, moving, imaginative and descriptive it conveyed a ton of emotions. Brautigan moves sometimes between past present and future and can be hard to follow but it is brilliant once you get into it. Read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2001
This is definitely one of Brautigan's best novels. The tone, however, is more Raymond Carver than the Richard Brautigan of Trout Fishing in America. Nevertheless, this is one to read if you haven't before - if you found The Hawkline Monster and Dreaming of Babylon a bit mawkish, this is the book (alongside The Tokyo-Montana Express) that you should read to restore faith in Brautigan's underrated talents.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2005
This is a book I'd recommend to anyone. There are few books that can make me cry - but this was one. Based on real events in the authors' childhood, this is one of the most beautifully written, and honest, pieces of prose your ever likely to encounter. Brautigan when he was good had no equal.
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on 1 March 2013
Excellent book, should not be overlooked by Richard Brautigan fans. A dark and sad story, that will be read again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2009
Just amazing. I read this book almost a year ago and it has stayed with me, its moving, funny and real. Buy it.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2004
At the time of reading this small novel, (or novella, or lengthy short story), I had a fixation on the texture of the writing being a sign of its quality, and I was reluctant to consider the possibility of respecting a writer that didn't have a flawless quality of prose in terms of technique and vocabularly. But then I read this book - on a day during a stressful period of time - and I was lost in Braughtigan's world. The most poignant thing about Braughtigan's storytelling is the author's honesty, and the atmosphere with which he recalls his childhood memories and atmospheres can only be compared to Joyce, (in, for example, some of the "Dubliners" stories).
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