Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1967

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Not that I’ve read that many here lol

I didn’t really like trout fishing at all 😕 and I have a pretty high tolerance for the American experimental novels of this era and their cuteness (I rate Snow White and next year’s nog) so can’t say why it didn’t click. Levin is good but completely eclipsed by the film for me

Pinefox reviews Reviews (wins), Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:33 (six months ago) link

Brautigan really is a pretty twee hippy dude. I love most of his stuff that I've read (there were definitely one or two that didn't land for me but can't remember which ones they were!) but I don't really begrudge people who don't like his work. I think for me if yr cuteness is balanced with enough yearning melancholy then I'm into it, I just don't like happy + cute.

emil.y, Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:49 (six months ago) link

Yeah I can go with that I think - will give him another try

Pinefox reviews Reviews (wins), Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:09 (six months ago) link

I'd maybe go for The Abortion or Sombrero Fallout over retrying Trout Fishing? There are definitely some dated views of women in his work too, but it's more "sad man thinking baout the exotic unknowable creature that is woman" than anything more gross, and I feel like the works are worth letting him have that.

emil.y, Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:24 (six months ago) link

I voted for Trout Fishing but agree that it’s by no means his best. In addition to the two Emil.y mentions I’d recommend Willard and His Bowling Trophies and The Hawkline Monster.

I totally understand why people can’t stick him.

Tim, Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:30 (six months ago) link

I got nowhere with Trout Fishing but loved In Watermelon Sugar and really liked The Abortion. Should probably give Trout Fishing another try.

So the Wind Won’t Blow it All Away is very good but Christ what a bleak book.

JoeStork, Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:40 (six months ago) link

Niver read him, but I've always really liked what might be the original cover of Revenge of the Lawn: 19th Century->Hippie-Era-looking girl in an Early American-looking chair, looking intensely happy about a big uncut chocolate cake (if this doesn't stay posted, it's worth a search)

https://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9780671418526-us.jpg

dow, Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:57 (six months ago) link

Also: combo of title x pic, incl. cover colors---!

dow, Sunday, 16 May 2021 17:00 (six months ago) link

Post's enlongation ov image even better maybe

dow, Sunday, 16 May 2021 17:01 (six months ago) link

Gaze into her eyes

dow, Sunday, 16 May 2021 17:02 (six months ago) link

I voted for Trout Fishing but agree that it’s by no means his best. In addition to the two Emil.y mentions I’d recommend Willard and His Bowling Trophies and The Hawkline Monster.

I'd say to anyone who enjoyed The Sisters Brothers, in particular, give Hawkline Monster a try.

Chris L, Sunday, 16 May 2021 17:49 (six months ago) link

I stan for Dreaming of Babylon, but yeah emil.y otm

Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 May 2021 23:40 (six months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 17 May 2021 00:01 (six months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1968

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 17 May 2021 09:46 (six months ago) link


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