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The Hawkline monster: A Gothic western (Picador) Paperback – 1 Jan 1976

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330248294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330248297
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,156 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Short and just great fun. Every page, every sentence is exquisitely written and gives maximum pleasure. Read it and you'll find yourself grinning from ear to ear as you go along... it's much like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in that way. In other words, Richard Brautigan had the goods. The Picador cover suits the story - it's up there with the great covers that they used to do in those days; another example is Cities of the Red Night by William Burroughs. Yessir, The Hawkline Monster is in my top ten books.
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Format: Hardcover
i just started re-reading this almost forty years after l last read it. Whenever l get 'stuck' l go back to something that will get me reading again. PG Wodehouse usually does it. l was struggling through the very worthy and very dull indeed 'Gilead' when l thought of Richard Brautigan- a name l have never heard anyone mention but l read all of his books as a teenager. So the first question is: has it dated?

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.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
my two favourites by Brautigan are An abortion: An historical Romance and Sombrero Fallout, Hawkline is with these two greats. It starts with two hit men reflecting on past glory whose effectiveness is maligned by a macabre listless apathy, they are recruited by a beautiful almost apparition woman to the gothic and mysterious Hawkline mansion, the gothic edge draws you in and then it is the pleasure of being in the hands of a master story teller and i could only hope the waitress would not badger me for a third pot of tea as i completed this tale. i have sadly few left of this mans work having finished and loved a confederate general and would recommend so the wind won't blow it all away an autobiographical work...EXCELLENT...
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Great service, perfect product.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x950a27f8) out of 5 stars two brautigans in one day 9 May 2009
By D. Anderson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
between willard and his bowling trophies and the hawkline monster i didnt notice the the couple thousand kilometer trip i was making. except occasional glances.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x950a27ec) out of 5 stars A great, fun, sexy romp! 2 Mar. 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Brautigan brings his trademark mixture of sex, violence, and absurdity to the western genre, and the result is a wonderful, if quick, read. Like so much of Brautigan, this book ends just when you're really enjoying it. The prose is casual and easygoing, the characters drawn with just enough ink to give them character. The plot is a tremendously goofy good time. And, of all the crazy things, a happy ending! Read it, it's loads of fun.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x950a21b0) out of 5 stars One of a kind! 20 July 2005
By David F. Nolan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book in the '70s, shortly after it was published, and have re-read it several times. Of the four or five Brautigan novels I've read, The Hawkline Monster is my favorite; it has a goofy, Twiliight Zone-ish quality that just makes it fun to read. If you like stories that are off the beaten path, this one's for you!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x960fb5d8) out of 5 stars unique, simple, profound and funny 25 Feb. 2012
By D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon" - Published on
Format: Paperback
nobody writes like brautigan! absolutely nobody! if you haven't read him, i recommend you start. i won't waste time with a synopsis. most of his stories defy description. you have to experience them and see for yourself. his style of counter-culture literature was a mainstay of the psychodelic literary diet of the '60s and serves as an influence base of some of the recent bizarro fiction of recent times. suffice to say this is not the typical gothic western. sure there are some gun-slinging outlaws, and beautiful twin daughters of a deceased mad scientist (one of which sometimes turns into an indian girl), gigantic butlers who shrink when they die and of course, sex........and there's mystery and of course a monster who hides in the ice caves. brautigan's style was very simplistic, but there is a profundity to his writing that cannot be ignored. there is a certain meloncholy to his prose, but his stories are immensely funny. and his vivid imagination.....where does he come up with this stuff??? you just can't figure out where these stories come from. brautigan was a troubled soul and his eventual rather gruesome and morbid suicide was a tragic shock to us all. but at least he left behind a treasure trove of his unique, profound, simple, sad, hilarious, wonderful stories. brautigan is one of my all-time favorite writers because of his unique gift. and this book is a great example of why he is one of the greats!!!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94e389c0) out of 5 stars the hawkline monster: a gothic western 16 Feb. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
i would have to say this is Richard Brautigan's best book. It has his great style of short chapters that usually are completely unnecessary. The two main characters, Greer and Cameron are very likable. I could not put this book down. I kept telling myself "one more chapter" until i finished the book. then i read it again.
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