Richard Brautigan was a literary idol of the s and s whose comic genius and iconoclastic vision of American life caught the imagination of young people everywhere. An indescribable romp, the novel is best summed up in one word: mayonnaise. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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In which you will learn the best methods and techniques for effective trout fishing…. Believe it or not some of them make sense when in context but I do enjoy pulling quotes out of context and letting them live on their own. Here goes…. Steel made from trout. I remember mistaking an old woman for a trout stream in Vermont, and I had to beg her pardon. The Kool-Aid Wino.
The birthmark looked just like an old car parked on his head. They were huge, slow-moving child-eyed rats. Now it was close to sunset and the earth was beginning to cool off in the manner of eternity and office girls were returning like penguins from Montgomery Street. You had to be a plumber to fish that creek. The girl was very pretty and her body was like a clear mountain river of skin and muscle flowing over rocks of bone and hidden nerves.
His eyes were like the shoelaces of a harpsichord. He looked ninety years old for thirty years and then he got the notion that he would die, and did so. Trout death by port wine. He looked like a young, skinny Adolf Hitler, but friendly. We were all silent except for blink, blink, blink, blink, blink. My sperm came out into the water, unaccustomed to the light, and instantly it became a misty, stringy kind of thing and swirled out like a falling star, and I saw a dead fish come forward and float into my sperm, bending it in the middle.
Everything smelled of sheep on Paradise Creek, but there were no sheep in sight. It has been raining here now for two days, and through the trees, the heart stops beating. The trout in those telephone booths were good fellows. The fish was a twelve-inch rainbow trout with a huge hump on its back. A hunchback trout. It is easy to say things about Stanley when you have never been there.
Like astigmatism, I made myself at home. Instead of making her furry sound, she adapted rapidly to the difference between animals and fish, and was soon making a silver sound. How religious and intimate the goldfish and the gun looked together. The dog barked so loud that the bathroom was soon filled with dead people. Curses were music to their roots.
Trout fishing on the Street of Eternity. The red dress did it all. He had a photograph taken of Existentialism and himself sitting at a sidewalk cafe.
We go into the house and begin that two-hour-yak-yak-activity we call breakfast. He bought that window at the Cleveland Wrecking Yard. His mistresses became bird nests of wrinkles. We have our coffin-sized Christmas trees right over here, sir. Expressing a human need, I always wanted to write a book that ended with the word Mayonnaise. Sorry I forgot to give you the mayonaise. But failed. Filed under Brautigan, Richard , Fiction. Like Liked by 1 person. I can never quite make my mind up about him but like I said in the post I really enjoyed reading Trout Fishing this time.
I have heard of this book, but never read it. Looks quite interesting! Thanks for reviewing it, Jonathan. Like Like. Brautigan is quite unique. I remember many years ago, a friend who likes Brautigan, mentioned she did not have the book.
I quickly ordered one for myself, reading it straight through the end. His quick wit and outstanding use of the english language were some key highlights of his creativity. I enjoyed reading him since, when I can, and have read a few others of his as well. Sorry if I am longwinded. Thanks Louis. I prefer that to mediocrity though. Hi Jonathan, yes, very much preferred to mediocrity. Your comment almost sounds like something Brautigan would write. Any way, I look forward to more posts.
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Trout Fishing in America
In which you will learn the best methods and techniques for effective trout fishing…. Believe it or not some of them make sense when in context but I do enjoy pulling quotes out of context and letting them live on their own. Here goes…. Steel made from trout.
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Published in , this was Brautigan's second published novel. Publication and background information is provided, along with reviews, many with full text. Use the menu tabs below to learn more. Brautigan wrote, on 19 December , Robert Park Mills, then his literary agent, with details about figures for both first and second printings of Trout Fishing in America. LEARN more. The phrase "Writing 14" on the opening page indicates placement in the publisher's writing series edited by Donald Merriam Allen.
Trout Fishing in America is a novella written by Richard Brautigan and published in It is technically Brautigan's first novel; he wrote it in before A Confederate General from Big Sur , which was published first. Trout Fishing In America is an abstract book without a clear central storyline. Instead, the book contains a series of anecdotes broken into chapters, with the same characters often reappearing from story to story. The settings of most of the chapters occur in three locales: Brautigan's childhood in the Pacific Northwest of the U. Most of the chapters were written during this trip. The phrase "Trout Fishing in America" is used in various ways: it is the title of the book, a character, a hotel, the act of fishing itself, a modifier one character is named "Trout Fishing in America Shorty" and other things.