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Jubilee Hitchhiker Paperback – 28 Mar 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619021056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619021051
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 4.6 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hjortsberg does yeoman's genealogical research and writing, Brautigan's life unfolds as a tragicomedy, and the book vividly evokes the heady 1960s and 1970s, especially in the Bay Area, as lived by a "deeply strange" literary figure."
--Steve Heilig, "The San Francisco Chronicle"
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

William Hjortsberg is the author of eight books, including Alp, Gray Matters, and Falling Angel, as well as the screenplays "Legend" and "Thunder & Lightning." He lives in Montana with his wife, painter Janie Camp.


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A fantastic piece of work - breathtaking in its scope, exhaustive in its research and beautiful in its prose. Hjortsberg has done the writer a great service in bringing his life to a wider audience. Brautigan is the real unsung hero of the Beat movement - greater than Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti (who were both so cruel to Brautigan). A moving, humane portrayal of a creative spirit in an unsupportive environment floundering yet creating wonderful works of art as he struggles. Worth every penny - an outstanding book!
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This is a weighty tome indeed, and clearly the author has spent many months, even years, writing it. There's little you could ask more of it; it tells you more about this fascinating, flawed genius than any other biography I've read has told about its subject. Terrific! My one quibble is that the author - a friend of Brautigan's - sometimes appears in the third person, sometimes as narrator, which is rather confusing. Or are there two people involved? A bit odd, but nevertheless this is just about the best biography I've read of anyone. Period.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book is much too long. Somewhere in all this endless chronicling of detail is an interesting study of a fascinating era. Unfortunately it is lost in an ocean of tedious and repetitive padding, an obsessive exercise in the dubious art of leaving nothing out. So we get page after page of then-he-got-a-rejection-so-he-sent-it-to-blah-and-blah-didn't-like-so-he-sent-it-to ... and on and on. This, along with an apparent desire exhaustively catalogue every last little detail of Brautigan's several million boring drinking escapades, and the inexplicable urge to give biographical and geneological information on just about every single passing character, no matter how periphery, makes for avery boring read.
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A thorough look into the life of this 'cult' writer who should be much more well known. Recommended to all fans.
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A wonderful book! Wherever Brautigan is now he must be smiling at the love displayed in this book!
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