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A Confederate General from Big Sur / Dreaming of Babylon / the Hawkline Monster: Three Books in the Manner of Their Original Editions Paperback – 23 Nov 1947

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; Reissue edition (23 Nov. 1947)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395547032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395547038
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Brautigan (1935 1984) was a god of the counterculture and the author of ten novels, nine volumes of poetry, and a collection of short stories.


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this has to be one of my favourite books by richard b,a confederate general from big sur and the hawk line monster are some of his best........! although that is not to say, i love the other books aswel ...in watermelon sugar, being the first of his that i read, which thanks to my literature teacher of amazingness and inspiration, Mr Clay ,north gate sixth form ,ipswich ,uk, passed on to me to read, and for that i will always thank him for introducing such a brilliant and imaginative/real author who's books i treasure. this book is a joy to me (primarily the 2 stories i mention ) but try and read all of his works ..... x . it just helps out that there are 3 stories in one book.... with thanks to A.. Richard Brautigan.. and B.. Mr Clay for introducing me to such an ephemeral and beautiful writer, I recommend you read this book..! with love Sahra D x
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Twenty years ago I became captivated. Dreaming of Babylon found me in a second hand book shop and ever since I have been a fan of Richard Brautigan's words.The great sadness is that because of Brautigan's success in the 1960's, he was later to become almost totally ignored, classified as a "hippie writer". "The Tokyo Montana Express" - his last book, just for it's sheer wit and carefully chosen words far exceeds anything you will find in the best seller lists today. Where as this collection certainly goes a little way towards showing a new generation his gentle humour and acute observation, it is sad that his most acomplished and mature book is totally ignored. The reason for this is probably because the original sales were low due to Brautigan being "gone out of fashion". "The Tokyo Montana Express" is the Brautigan book that everyone should read and the publishers of this collection should do everything they can to put it into print.
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By A Customer on 29 Mar. 1998
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It's been a couple of decades since I last read Brautigan. I was surprised to find this collection at all, thinking his stuff way out of print and out of Literary Fashion along with all that other sixties hippie-dippie stuff. Couln't be any good. Wrong! The three stories are a delight, fast paced, and imaginative. Confederate General reads like the best of the beat writers, evoking the relationship between Kerouak and Cassidy. The other two stories are nearly as good, with strong but simple characterizations. I can remember what it was to live like the folks in these books, in a time filled with challenge and promise and new freedoms. Before grey hair, IRA's, and desk top computers. Read these. Let the wind blow through your hair a little! March 29, 1998.
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One of the qualities reviewers of Richard Brautigan's beautiful writings seldom mention is the humour. Dreaming of Babylon is possibly one of his funniest works, personfied in such characters as the hopeless day-dreaming detective and the lady who drinks huge amounts of beer without seeming to need the bathroom. Yet Brautigan's surreal wit is never contrived or knowingly clever - this is a warm giggling at the sheer daftness of life, a sensibility perhaps best described as Taoist.
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