The Hawkline monster: A Gothic western (Picador) Paperback – 1 Jan 1976
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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To which in my view the answer is not only 'not at all' but he was interested in lots of things we recognise now as de-construction, hyper-reality, simulation and so on. In other words he seems to have developed a postmdodern sensibility in parallel with many philosphers at the time (such as Derrida 'Of Grammatology', same year). They gave us the ideas, Brautigan skipped that stage and just put it in the fiction.
Reading the reviews it is clear that he arouses the most hostility from those who are (or were- are there any left?) wedded to the idea of social and psychological realism. Their view is that his books are 'slight', 'naive'and you can almost hear them cry 'funny, ironic and entertaining'. So not only did Brautigan have the temerity to write books more or less anyone could access and enjoy but he was completely uninterested in the stuff of proper novels (ie character, cause and effect, resolution etc) in favour of surfaces, mixing of genres, moral ambivalence, the primacy of the imagined over the 'real' world and general wierdness.
The other interesting point about Brautigan which makes him more relevant today is he is what l can only call customer focussed. He gives us plenty of narrative in the old fashioned sense. Things keep happening and there are mysteries, surprises, novelty, paradox. All the kind of things most of us like.Read more ›
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richard brautigan writes the most hilarious books ive ever read. he also writes so simply and so profoundly deep about life that you cant help but laughing perhaps crying or just doing both.
if you want a good tale about monsters, twins, ghosts, sex, outlaws, and gothic houses then this is the one for you. do enjoy.