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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Late Classic by the under-rated writer, 30 April 2002
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This review is from: An Unfortunate Woman (Paperback)
Yet another superb piece of writing by Brautigan, this time a loose narrative preoccupied with time and place and the chaos that is inherent in a life that meanders through the two. Perhaps the strongest theme of the book is the theme that isn't really there - the unfortunate woman who hangs herself and who the narrator spends 200 + pages trying not to mention because it's too painful. Fantastic because when he talks about the weather, about a lost cat, about some old people in a graveyard, anything to avoid the topic of death, he makes a much more interesting point than a more conventional approach would generate.

Sheer genius. Again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly beautiful, 9 Jun 2009
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This review is from: An Unfortunate Woman (Paperback)
Written a couple of years before he killed himself, this is half-fiction half-memoir, and, being Brautigan, it's very hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. It's in many ways a journal, filled with reflection and consideration for the world he finds himself living in.

Why would we care? Well Brautigan was hugely successful for a time in the 60s, but by the early 80s, when he shot himself, the world had stopped caring. His books weren't of interest. So here we get brief mentions of lectures and odds and ends, but it's a sad book and you can well imagine how the author was most of the way down a steep downward slope. Unique, but sadly no more. Brautigan was a rare treasure.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet, 19 Dec 2006
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Douglas Traill (Edinburgh, Scotland.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: An Unfortunate Woman (Paperback)
Despite the rather depressing theme of this book, it still manages to make me smile.

From the comical courtroom scene to the touching thank you note at the end.

At only 110 pages it is very short, but Brautigan's writing talent and imagination more than make up for the length.

Read it and love it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 24 May 2006
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Peter (Peterborough, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: An Unfortunate Woman (Paperback)
Beautiful, poetic, funny - all the usual Brautigan traits are there. There is also a painful sadness that left me feeling priviledged to have had the chance to look inside the mind of a really great writer. Its shortness disappoints, but only because I wanted to read on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars arrived in good time for christma, 2 Jan 2013
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This review is from: An Unfortunate Woman (Paperback)
this was the other brautigan my husband hadn't read and he was very impressed by it, he has everything brautigan did noww
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