Trout Fishing in America

Brautigan, Richard

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Trout Fishing in America
Richard Brautigan was a literary idol of the 1960s and 1970s whose comic genius and iconoclastic vision of American life caught the imagination of young people everywhere. He came of age during the Haight-Ashbury period and has been called "the last of the Beats." His early books became required reading for the hip generation, and on its publication Trout Fishing in America became an international bestseller. An indescribable romp, the novel is best summed up in one word: mayonnaise. This new edition includes an introduction by the poet Billy Collins, who first encountered Brautigan's work as a student in California.
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed.
ISBN: 9780547255279
Characteristics: xvii, 112 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.


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May 08, 2014
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brautigan is at times naive and childlike bordering on childish. But he creates a strong inventive and imaginative word world all his own. These are as much a collection of prose poems and short short stories as anything else which I doubt anyone today would find particularly countercultural but just good writing for those who enjoy nontraditional not entirely linear writing. Brautigan is at least a minor master of American literature and perhaps more.

Dec 09, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Reader beware: this is as much about trout fishing as "The River Why" is about fishing. A wacky, somewhat surreal, unclassifiable slim book by underground hero Richard Brautigan (on the jacket he's called a god of the counterculture). Will appeal to fans of Tim Robbins and Ken Kesey. Poet Billy Collins wrote the introduction.


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