Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970 Paperback – 30 Mar 2006
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Charming . . . the stories have memorable or beautifully handled moments of observation (London Review of Books)
His writing manages to conjure up a feeling of relaxation and well-being, somehow existing in our reality without being touched by it - easy to fall into and over far too soon. After reading this you'll feel like you've been on holiday with a friend. (Time Out)
The verbal humour and zany charm of the book remain quite irresistible. (Daily Telegraph)
He was an absolute original who found cause for celebration in the most unlikely places. (Guardian)
62 of Brautigan's ultra-short stories, set in Tacoma, Washington and San Francisco in the late fifties and early sixtiesSee all Product Description
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Ranging from childhood in Tacoma, through to California in the 60's.
His ability to squeeze a rich and vivid story into as little as a single page is incredible, and possibly made more meaningful as he is writing about his own life and experiences.
A must have Brautigan.
In "Revenge of the Lawn," the emotions he evokes range from the absurd to the poignant--he seems to capture the gamut! The title story is superb, of course, but "Halloween" is hard to beat, as well. The touching revelation of sensitivity in "Corporal" is also unmatched. And who can overlook the brilliance of "1/3, 1/3, 1/3"! The author is able to present a deftness that even Hemingway couldn't achieve! His surreal writing certainly won him many readers' hearts. With him and Lawrence Ferlingetti, the San Francisco scene couldn't have been more representative in literature. Granted, some of his "stuff" is easily dismissable, but when Brautigan was good, he was very good! (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
“Hawks circle in the sky like the lost springs of old railroad watches looking for correct protein wandering somewhere below to swoop down upon and devour chronologically.”
Almost like sprung poetry, but also arcane, quite difficult to see in the mind’s eye, which is really quite antithetical to poesy, but also somehow cleverly linked together. The Chronology and the lost springs and the railroad watches have a link – but only just. It stretches the metaphor beyond it’s formal or usual purpose.
At other moments his constructions work in a slightly clumsy, but hugely empathetic way, as here: “Warm fog swirled in the canyon as we gradually descended. A hundred feet in from of us everything was lost in the fog and a hundred feet behind us everything was lost in the fog. We were walking in a capsule between amnesias.Read more ›
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It caused me to laugh out loud on the tube in places.
I love short stories and I was entertained from start to finish. Read more